Dr. A. Monique Busch

Dr. A. Monique Busch 

Education – BA, Liberal Arts, Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, OR.; MSW, Portland State University, Portland, OR; PhD, Social Work, IUSSW, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN.

Experience – Presently, Dr. Busch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA. Dr. Busch is also an Expert Witness/Consultant in child welfare matters, and a Clinical Therapist in private practice. Dr. Busch has direct practice experience in public child welfare as a child protective services worker, foster care certifier, family sex abuse treatment specialist, and runaway and homeless family/crisis therapist.

Dr. Busch has taught at the BSW/MSW levels for the past 16 years, beginning at Portland State University, MSW, Title IV-E, Graduate Education Program; IUSSW, Indianapolis, IN., BSW and MSW programs; IU-Bloomington; IU-Richmond; IU-Fort Wayne; Delta State University, BSW program, Cleveland, MS.; University of Saint Francis, BSW program, Fort Wayne, IN.

Dr. Busch enjoys teaching macro practice courses, as well as statistics, advanced policy courses, supervising field practica, and serving as a Field Liaison.

Dr Busch was formerly the Senior Director at Lutheran Child & Family Services (LCFS), Indianapolis, IN. where she directed the clinical team for both residential and community-based services, as well as the educational programs for residential youth. Prior to her position at LCFS, Dr. Busch was the Outcome Project Coordinator for IARCCA, Institute for Excellence, Inc., Indianapolis, IN which operates the largest outcome measures project in the country.

Teaching Philosophy – Dr. Busch values and respects the role of educator and pursued a minor in higher education college pedagogy. Dr. Busch has made it a point to seek out additional teaching experiences and courses related to pedagogy in order to understand best teaching practice. Dr. Busch utilizes in-class or web-based activities that encourage respect and inclusion, for example, role play using case examples for small groups. This activity engages students in a cooperative effort. It allows students to gain insight and perspective on the different lenses that one may use to view a case. It also increases their interest and curiosity about the interaction with clients. Dr. Busch believes in an inclusive and engaging learning environment, most often striving to create a seminar style classroom where discussion is open and encouraged. She also believes that students have a great deal to offer each other and want to create situations for them to do so. Students learn more from active learning participation and Dr. Busch enjoys promoting a collaborative classroom environment. Social Work courses typically lend themselves very nicely to integrating students’ life/work experiences and practicum experiences which they are required to complete into the curriculum of each course. Last, Dr. Busch values and emphasizes the integration of practice, policy, and research in every course that she teaches. 

Research Interests – Child Welfare; Supervision, Management, and Leadership in Human Services Organizations; Organizational Learning; Social Presence; and Team-Based Learning.

Publications -

Barton, W. H., Folaron, G., Busch, M., & Hostetter, C. (2006). Satisfaction of contract provider agencies with a state’s child welfare agency. Children and Youth Services Review, 28(3), 275-291.

Busch, M. (2003). Outcome measures in residential group care: A state association model project, Part I. Residential Group Care Quarterly, 4(1), 1-3. http://www.cwla.org/programs/groupcare/rgcq.htm

Busch, M. (2003). Outcome measures in residential group care: A state association model project, Part II. Residential Group Care Quarterly, 4(2), 2-3. http://www.cwla.org/programs/groupcare/rgcq.htm

Busch, M., &, Folaron, G. (2005). Accessibility and clarity of mission statements of state child welfare agency mission statements. Child Welfare, 84(3), 415-430.

Busch, M., & Hostetter, C. (2009). Examining organizational learning for application in human service organizations. Administration in Social Work, 33(3), 297-318.  

Busch, M., Powers, G. T., Metzger, D., Behroozi, C. S., Siegel, S., & Cournoyer, B. R. (2002). Indiana University School of Social Work 90 years of education. Advances in Social Work, 2(2), 83-100.

Busch, M., Wall, J.R., Koch, S.M., & Anderson, C. (2011). Addressing disproportionate representations: A collaborative community approach, pp. 233-247.  Challenging racial disproportionality in child welfare: Research, policy, and practice. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America Press.

Busch, M., Wall, J.R., Koch, S.M., & Anderson, C. (2008). Addressing Disproportionality: A Collaborative Community Approach. Child Welfare, 87(2), 255-278.

Hostetter, C., & Busch, M. (2013). Community matters: Social presence and learning outcomes. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 13(1), 77-86.

Hostetter, C., & Busch, M. (2006). Measuring Up Online:  The Relationship between Social Presence and Student Learning Satisfaction. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 6(2), 1-12 

Wall, J.R., Busch, M., Koch, S.M., Alexander, G., Minnich, H., & Jackson-Walker, S. (2005). Accountability in child welfare services: Developing a statewide outcome evaluation program. Psychological Services, 2(1), 39-53.

Wall, J.R., Busch, M., Koch, S.M., Alexander, G., Minnich, H., & Jackson-Walker, S. (2007, November). Development and growth of a statewide outcome evaluation program. FFTA         Focus, 31(4), 19-23 (available from www.ffta.org