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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Richard Wintersteen

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Picture of RichardDick Wintersteen joined the faculty in 1986 and retired from the faculty May 2002. His doctorate in social work is from the University of Kansas. His MSW is from Case Western. Most of Dick's varied social work career has been spent in the areas of family counseling and mental health. He has held positions as caseworker, treatment coordinator, associate director, and executive director in social service agencies. He was a lecturer in social work in Coventry, England. Dick has taught many of the courses in the program. His primary teaching responsibilities were Social Welfare Issues and Policies, Social Welfare Services, Social Work Practice III and Social Work in Health Care Settings.

His long-standing interest in international social welfare issues has resulted in two recent teaching and research opportunities abroad. In 1993-94 he conducted mental health research with families in Malaysia and Zimbabwe. During the 1997-98 academic year he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Affiliated with the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on social policy and social development. Along with his wife, Lois, (also a social worker) he conducted a study with the families of children abducted by rebels during Uganda's civil war. He is actively interested in domestic policy issues as well, currently focusing on welfare reform and changes in the systems of serving people with mental and physical disabilities.