Dr. Crystal S Aschenbrener

Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Social Sciences Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 445B Harvey Hall
Phone: 715-232-1508
Email: aschenbrenerc@uwstout.edu

Brief Biography

Crystal Aschenbrener has been teaching since 2007 and is currently an assistant professor at UW-Stout. She values teaching as it is her method of giving back to the social work and the social services profession, via educating on evidence-based practices as well as completing service projects for nonprofit organizations. She is a licensed social worker with field experience in micro, mezzo, and macro settings. She has served in the following roles: executive director of a Habitat for Human affiliate, supervisor at an agency that services people with development disabilities and mental health issues, hospital social worker, and school social worker.

Teaching Interests: Crystal Aschenbrener has a strong teaching interest in the social work practice courses, human behavior and the social environment courses, as well as the introductory social work course. She is inspired by her Native American Service-Learning Course that implements the Today & Beyond Project: An Educuationally-Based Mentorship Intervention.

Research Interests: Crystal Aschenbrener's substantive focus is on Native American communities and education. She has expertise in mixed methodologies, with an emphasis on program and organizational assessments.

Education

    • DSW Social Work
      Aurora University
      Aurora, IL, United States, 2015
    • MSW Social Work
      University of Kansas
      Lawrence, KS, United States, 1998
    • BS Social Work
      University of South Dakota
      Vermillion, SD, United States, 1994

Licensures and Certifications

  • Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW): Wisconsin

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin – Stout, Department of Social Science
        Assistant Professor of Social Work
        August 2014 -
      • South Dakota State University, Department of Sociology and Rural Studies
        Assistant Professor
        August 2008 - July 2011

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Aschenbrener, C. (2016). Educationally-based, Culturally-sensitive, Theory-driven Mentorship Intervention with At-risk Native American Youth in South Dakota: A Narrative Review. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
    • Aschenbrener, C. (2011). Can Establishing Partnerships Between College Campuses and Nonprofit Organizations Be Mutually Beneficial?. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 2, 75-87.

    Textbook Submission

    • Aschenbrener, C. (2015). Group Service-Learning Projects Can Be Mutually Beneficial for College Students and Communities (Textbook Submission). (9th), Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
    • Aschenbrener, C. (2015). Task Groups Are Vital for Habitat for Humanity (Textbook Submission). (9th), Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

    Book, Chapter

    • Aschenbrener, C. (2014). Establishing Community Partnership and Purposeful Projects and Goals. , SAGE Publications, Inc.

    Book Review

    • Aschenbrener, C. (2011). Book Review with titled: Rural Social Work: An International Perspective, by Pugh, Richard and Brian Cheers. Rural Sociology, 76(1), 129-131, The Policy Press.

    Newsletter

    • Aschenbrener, C. (2009). National Rural Social Work Caucus (Newsletter). .

Presentations

    Oral Presentation

    • Aschenbrener, C. (2016). Service-Learning Project with Native American Youth: A Life-Changing Experience for College Students. BPD Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., Melendrez, M., & Paulson, A. (2015). Native American Youth Impacted by an Educationally-based, Theory-driven Mentorship Project. 40th Annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas conference, Vermillion, SD, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., & Thorson, K. (2015). S.O.A.R.: A Junior Mentorship Project for and with Native American Youth that is Holistically Rooted with the Strengths Perspective and Social Learning Theory. 40th Annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas conference, Vermillion, SD, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C. (2015). Theory-based Mentorship Project: Native American Youths’ Perceptions of their Educational Futures. BPD Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C. (2015). International & Domestic Faculty Share Teaching Strategies for Expanding Global Awareness in Their Classrooms. The Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center Celebration of Global Learning Program, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C. (2014). Service-Learning and Undergraduate Research: A Beneficial Combination for Students and Nonprofit Organizations. BPD Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., & Bourne, K. (2013). Domestic Faculty-Led Travel Study Programs as High-Impact Practice for Applied Learning. Applied Learning in Higher Education, St. Joseph, MO, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., St. Pierre, M., & Robertson, J. (2011). Today & Beyond: The Enemy Swim Day School, Native American Club, and the Sociology & Rural Studies Partnership Project. 36th National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas conference, Natchitoches, LA, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., Schreck, K., Anderson, K., & Cummins, E. (2011). Collaborative Engagement Project Provides Sexual Assault Awareness for College Women. Conference of Applied Learning in Higher Education, St. Joseph, MO, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C. (2011). Service-Learning: Faculty Benefit Too. Conference of Applied Learning in Higher Education , St. Joseph, MO, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., & Lapsley, K. (2011). The Impact of Elementary Education on Future Gender Roles. Women’s Studies Brown Bag Luncheon, Brookings, SD, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., Van Wicker, T., & Woodard, J. (2010). Nonprofit Careers. 2010 Career Week, Brookings, SD, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C. (2010). Can Establishing Partnerships Between College Campuses and Nonprofit Organizations be Mutually Beneficial?. 35th National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Area conference, Presque Isle, MA, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., & Dinger, C. (2010). Service-Learning 2.0: The Impact Social Media Outlets Have on Service-Learning. Conference of Applied Learning in Higher Education, St. Joseph, MO, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., & Halvorson, L. (2010). The Service-Learning Experience: Opening Hearts and Homes to the Possibility of Foster Care. Conference of Applied Learning in Higher Education, St. Joseph, MO, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., Tolman, E., & Snell-Feikema, C. (2010). Service-Learning: Beyond the Classroom. Fall Faculty Development Conference, Brookings, SD, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., Livingston, K., & Karie, L. (2009). Teaching Sociology: Inspiring Students to Engage in Community Service and Promoting Civic-Mindedness. Great Plains Sociological Association annual conference, Grand Forks, ND, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C. (2009). Building Partnerships. Kids Change Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs , St. Paul, MN, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C. (2008). The Impact of Service-Learning on Civic Engagement. Conference of Applied Learning in Higher Education, St. Joseph, MO, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., & Livingston, K. (2008). The Effects Service-Learning Programs have on College Students’ Civic Engagement. Great Plains Sociological Association annual conference, Fargo, ND, United States.

    Panelist

    • Aschenbrener, C. (2015). . Stout Council on Family Relations Committee, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C. (2014). A Students’ Perspective: The Dissertation Process. Doctor of Social Work (DSW) course at Aurora University, Aurora, IL, United States.
    • Aschenbrener, C., Berkhouse, T., & Dehn, P. (2012). Enhancing Applied Learning in Challenging Times. Applied Learning in Higher Education, St. Joseph, MO, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Aschenbrener, C. College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Request of CEHHS Funding for Student Dissemination of Research. Sponsored by Dean’s Office, University of Wisconsin-Stout, $880.60 (Funded).
    • Aschenbrener, C. College of Ares, Humanities and Social Sciences Travel Funds. Sponsored by Dean’s Office, University of Wisconsin-Stout, $1000 (Funded).
    • Aschenbrener, C. Faculty Start-Up Funds. Sponsored by Research Services, University of Wisconsin-Stout, $4205 (Funded).
    • Aschenbrener, C. Today & Beyond: Mentorship Partnership Project. $4205 (Funded).
    • Aschenbrener, C. Academic and Scholarly Excellence Initiative Grant. Sponsored by South Dakota State University Academic Affairs office, $4849 (Funded).
    • Aschenbrener, C. Educational Material for the Service Learning Project with the Great After-school Place (G.A.P.). Sponsored by South Dakota State University Teaching & Learning Center, $250 (Funded).
    • Aschenbrener, C. Service-Learning Mini-Grant. Sponsored by South Dakota State University Teaching & Learning Center, $250 (Funded).
    • Aschenbrener, C. Women and Giving Program Grant. Sponsored by South Dakota State University Foundation, $2680 (Funded).
    • Aschenbrener, C. Service-Learning Mini-Grant. Sponsored by South Dakota State University Teaching & Learning Center, $401 (Funded).
    • Aschenbrener, C. Students Beyond Boundaries Social Media Grant. Sponsored by Midwest Consortium, $2100 (Funded).

Reviewer / Editor

    Reviewer, Journal

    • Adult Criminality Outcomes of Former Foster Care Youth: Implications for Policy and Practice

      University of Wisconsin-Stout (2015)

    • Does the Existence of Peace Studies Programs on University Campus Impact Students Views on Social Justice Issues Around the World?

      University of Wisconsin-Stout (2015)

    • Social Networks of University Students with Mental Illness

      University of Wisconsin-Stout. (2014)

    Reviewer, Book

    • Rural Social Work: An International Perspective

      Pugh, Richard and Brian Cheers. Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2010. Rural Sociology, 76(1), 129-131. (2010 - 2011)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Honor

    • Honored with a “Star Quilt”, Enemy Swim Day School (tribal school) (2012)
    • Nominated for the F.O. Bulter “Service Award”, South Dakota State University (2009)
    • Honorary Member with the Golden Key International Honor Society, South Dakota State University (2005)

    Award

    • 2010 Service-Learning Faculty Award, South Dakota State University (2010)
    • Oustanding Woman Student in Leadership, University of Kansas (1998)
    • Advisor of the Month, University of Kansas, Student Housing (1996)

Service

    University

      UW Stout

      • Faculty Advisor, Application Selection Committee for the Today & Beyond Service Learning Partnership Project with Enemy Swim Day School (a tribal school) (2015 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (2014 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Peace & Justice Advisory Committee (2014 - Present)
      • Member, Community of Practice (CoP) Research Skill Development (2015 - 2016)
      • Committee Member, Search Committee: Social Sciences Academic Department Associate position (2015)

      South Dakota State University

      • Advisory Board Member, Sociology & Rural Studis Department Curriculum Commitee (2009 - 2011)
      • Faculty Advisor, Human Services Club (2007 - 2011)
      • Committee Member, (2009 - 2010)
      • Faculty Advisor, Conscious Alliance (2009 - 2010)
      • Committee Member, College of Arts & Sciences Curriclum Committee (2008 - 2010)
      • Committee Member, Gerontology Committee (2008 - 2010)

    Professional

    • Committee Member, Social Research Policy Committee (2015 - Present)
    • Member, Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Association (2013 - Present)
    • Member, National Association of Social Workers (2011 - Present)
    • Member, Rural Social Work and Human Services Caucus (2009 - Present)
    • Committee Member, BPD Social Work Education Continuum Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Board Member and Conference Moderator, Conference of Applied Learning in Higher Education Advisory Board (nationally known) (2011 - 2013)
    • Member, Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) (2011 - 2013)
    • Advisory Board Member, Master of Social Work Advisory Board @ University of South Dakota (2009 - 2011)
    • Vice President, Member, National Association of Social Workers - South Dakota (2009 - 2011)