What I do
For me, social work education, practice and research are all driven by a deep sense of commitment and passion to a vision of the world where justice is lived out in our day-to-day experiences. Challenging myself and my students to embody this call to justice excites me about this work and fills me with hope.
culturally responsive practice, gender, LGBTQIA, marginalized populations, research methods, social justice, justice oriented pedagogy
While Walls is influenced by critical theoretical perspectives, including post-modernism, queer theory, feminist theory and intersectionality theory, and by a social constructivist approach to epistemology, he nonetheless uses primarily quantitative approaches to understanding the phenomena that he's examining. He seeks to understand how social facts map onto reality, even as he understands reality as contextually and culturally dependent and as situated within a specific historical time period.
Walls' teaching has addressed these overarching goals by teaching and developing courses focused on power, privilege and oppression, educating students on conducting research that attends to issues of multiculturalism, mentoring doctoral students who embody identities that are underrepresented in the social work professorate, and supporting doctoral students whose work centers on a critical approach to social justice.
- Ph.D., Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 2005
- MA, Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 2002
- MSSW, Social Work, University of Texas, Austin, 1992
- BA, Sociology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1988
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Denver
- Council on Disabilities and Persons with Disabilities Annual Manuscript Award, Council on Disabilities and Persons with Disabilities, Council on Social Work Educaiton
- Council on Racial, Ethnic, & Cultural Diversity Scholarship Award, Council on Racial, Ethnic, & Cultural Diversity, Council on Social Work Education
- Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students Award, GSSW Dean's Office, University of Denver
- Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty, New England Resource Center for Higher Education