Kit Hinga, Ph.D.
B.A. College of Our Lady of the Elms
M.S.W. Boston University
Ph.D. Boston University
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Dr. Kathleen Hinga, MSW, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Dr. Hinga arrived at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in August 2005 from Western Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor degree in biology from the Elms College, and a master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work. Dr. Hinga received an interdisciplinary doctorate in Sociology and Social Work (Social Policy) from Boston University in May 2005.
Dr. Hinga served as a doctoral teaching fellow at Boston University School of Social Work from 1999-2005, and has taught for several years as adjunct social work faculty at Elms College, Greenfield Community College, and Smith College of Social Work. She brings over 30 years experience as a social worker in the field. This work has included efforts to provide for the immediate needs of individuals and families, as well as social change efforts addressing the structural causes for poverty, family and community violence, and inadequate health care and literacy. Kathleen is especially interested in the use of family support approaches, which incorporate social work strategies that enable individuals and families to take power over their own lives as they work to address community issues from a social change perspective. She has served on the national board level in the areas of work for legislative change, the promotion of community control and the just allocation of economic resources. Her research interests have focused on the implementation of welfare reform, the factors involved in the mobilization of women at the grassroots level as activists, and the factors affecting the success of students with disabilities in the field. Dr Hinga also has an active interest in the promotion of human rights through international social work.
Dr Hinga currently serves on the Western Connecticut State University's Student Concerns Team, the Faculty Development and Recognition Committee, represents the School for Professional Studies on the University Information Technology Committee and chairs the School for Professional Studies Information Technology Committee. She is currently serving on the University NEASC self study as the co-chair of Standard 7 and the Social Work Department's Self Study Committee for the reaffirmation of the Social Work Program's Council on Social Work accreditation.