N. Eugene Walls

N. Eugene Walls

Professor

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.

Specialization(s)

culturally responsive practice, gender, LGBTQIA, marginalized populations, research methods, social justice

Professional Biography

Professor Eugene Walls' research, teaching and service converge around the goals of documenting and challenging marginalization in social work practice and education, and addressing and preventing negative outcomes for populations that experience marginalization. These goals have centered primarily on understanding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, but have also addressed issues of ableism, sexism, racism and, more recently, intersectional lived experiences.

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.

Degree(s)

  • 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

Professional Affiliations

  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)

Featured Publications

Kattari, S. K., Walls, N. E., Kattari, L. P., & Kinney, K. (Eds.). (1970). Social Work and Health Care Practice with Transgender/Non-Binary Individuals and Communities.
Kattari, S. K., Walls, N. E., Atteberry, B. E., Klemmer, C., Rusow, J., & Kattari, L. P. (1970). Missing from the conversation: Sexual risk factors across young people by gender identity and sexual orientation. International Journal of Sexual Health.
Kattari, S. K., Atteberry, B. E., Walls, N. E., Rusow, J., Klemmer, C., & Kattari, L. P. (1970). Differential sexual behavior experiences of LGBTQ and transgender/nonbinary young people in Colorado. Youth & Society.
Atteberry, B. E., Walls, N. E., Kattari, S. K., Peitzmeier, S., Kattari, L. P., & Magruder, L. N. (1970). Forced sex among youth and young adults: Accrual of risk by gender identity, sexual orientation, mental health, & bullying. Journal of LGBT Youth.

Presentations

Walls, N. E., Kattari, S. K., Gupta, R., & Rusow, J. (2020). Differential risk of mental health outcomes, sexual risks, and relational/sexual violence among youth based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations. Milan, Italy.
Speer, S. R., Atteberry, B. E., & Walls, N. E. (2020). An intersectional model of risk of nonsuicidal self-injury among LGBTQ adolescents: Demographics, bullying victimization, mental health and IPV. Society for Social Work and Research. San Francisco, CA.
Walls, N. E., Atteberry, B. E., Alvarez, A. R. -garriga, & Ash, C. (2019). Creating an inclusive and equitable classroom. Council on Social Work Education. Denver, CO.
Walls, N. E., Kattari, L. P., & Magruder, L. N. (2018). Dating violence risk accrual: Sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health, and bullying. . Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Orlando, FL: Council on Social Work Education.
Walls, N. E., Kattari, S. K., Atteberry, B. E., & Kattari, L. P. (2018). Differential accrual of risk based on sexual orientation and gender identity: Mental health, school safety, and substance use. Conference on Adolescent Health. Detroit, MI: Adolescent Health Initiative.

Awards

  • 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