Dr. Sheri M. McConnell
Field Education Coordinator (PhD, MSW & BSW)
Manager of Field Education
Coughlan College, CL-1036
Tel: (709) 864-8381
Fax: (709) 864-2408
Dr. Sheri M. McConnell is a Field Education Coordinator in the MSW and BSW programs, and the manager of Field Education. She teaches social work practice and theory courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, provides field instruction to BSW students, and supervises graduate student research. She is a member of the MSW program committee, Field Education sub-committee, and the university’s Senate.
Dr. McConnell is passionate about her work with the Canadian Association for Social Work Education – l'Association canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS), where she co-chairs the Commitment to Change working group, is an active member of the Field Education Committee, and is the team lead on the development and implementation of the CASWE-ACFTS Online Field Instructor’s Course. An active and longstanding volunteer in a variety of community-based activities, Dr. McConnell is a research and program consultant with the Canadian Red Cross and has been dedicated to Camp Eclipse (a leadership retreat for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies) since its inception in 2009.
Dr. McConnell has lived, worked, and played on Treaty 4 (Regina, SK) and Treaty 6 (Saskatoon, SK) lands, and on traditional Algonquin (Ottawa, ON) and Beothuk (St John's, NL) lands. As a registered social worker and a feminist, her practice is centred in respectful relationships, equity and social justice, decolonization and reconciliation, personal and community healing and well-being, and social action and social change. Dr. McConnell possesses a range of social work and human services experience in advocacy, clinical, urban and rural community development, consulting and evaluation, and group work. She has worked in government, health authorities, and the community, primarily with women, Indigenous peoples, and LGBTQ+ people around their experiences with child sexual abuse, the criminal justice system, substance use, and other forms of personal and systemic oppression. Following the completion of her MSW, she worked as a medical social worker and as a researcher with the Hidden Hurt Project (a national research project exploring child abuse prevention and disclosure). Prior to her transition to Field Education Coordinator (ASM-FE) in 2010, Dr. McConnell was the Coordinator of MSW Field and Student Services and Continuing Education.
Dr. McConnell completed a PhD in social work (Memorial University, 2015), an MSW (Memorial University, 2002), a BSW (University of Regina, 1998), a Certificate in Continuing Education: Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Studies (University of Regina, 1992), and a BA in Sociology (Carleton University, 1989). She is certified in Psychodramatic Bodywork and Psychodrama/Sociometry.
Dr. McConnell’s research interests include field and social work education; decolonization, reconciliation, and Indigenization; LGBTQ+ peoples; and preventing, disclosing, addressing, and ending violence and abuse, with an emphasis on child sexual abuse. Dr. McConnell has presented at a variety of local, national, and international conferences and has authored peer reviewed, scholarly, and other articles; book chapters; program manuals; and evaluation reports.
- McConnell, S. M. (2018). For Settlers Who Say That They Support Decolonization... But Wish It Weren't So Hard. https://www.casw-acts.ca/sites/default/files/webinars/For_settlers_-_McConnell_-_March_2018.pdf
- Swan, T. A. and McConnell, S. M. (2015). Transformative engagement in LGBTQ student/field instructor relationships. In B. J. O'Neill, T. A. Swan, and N. J. Mulé (Eds), LGBTQ People and Social Work: Intersectional Perpsectives. Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars Press.
- McConnell, S. M. (2014). What happens after children tell? A qualitative analysis of narratives of women who as children disclosed intra-familial sexual abuse (Doctoral dissertation). Memorial University, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
- Ungar, M., Barter, K., McConnell, S. M., Tutty, L. M. & Fairholm, J. (2009). Patterns of disclosure among youth. Qualitative Social Work, 8(3), 341-356.
- Ungar, M., Tutty, L. M., McConnell, S. M., Barter, K., & Fairholm, J. (2009). What Canadian youth tell us about disclosing abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 33(10), 699-708.