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Social Work

Mary E. Hylton

Mary Elaine Hylton, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Associate Professor and BSW Program Coordinator

Contact Information

Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Social Work, 2002, University of South Carolina
  • MSW in Social Work, 1994, University of Southern California
  • BA in Sociology, 1991, Humboldt State University

Biography

Awards

  • 2007 F. Donald Tibbitts Memorial Distinguished Teacher Award - Runner Up, University of Nevada, Reno.
  • 2007 College of Health and Human Sciences College Teaching Award, University of Nevada, Reno.

Work Experience

 Professional Experience

  • Dr. Hylton has served for nearly ten years as the Coordinator of the UNR BSW Program and 3+1 Distance Education Program.  She has a background in social work curriculum and pedagogy.  Her social work practice background includes work in public social services with at-risk youth and families. 

 Courses Taught

  • At UNR: Social Welfare History and Policy; Social Work Methods with Communities, Organizations and Legislatures; Administrative and Policy Practice; Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II; Basics of Professional Communication; Social Work Methods with Individuals; Introduction to Social Work; Lesbian and Gay Lives; and Social Work Methods with Groups

    At Other Institutions: Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Social Policy; and Social Work with Women and Minorities

Research Interests

  • Dr. Hylton's current research focuses on civic engagement, civic literacy and social empathy.  Other areas of scholarly expertise include distance education within social work education and LGBTQ issues.

Presentations

  • Hylton, M.E. (2014, July).  The Role of Political Literacy and Social Empathy on Civic Engagement, Paper to be presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hylton, M.E. (2014, May). Civic literacy and civic engagement among social work students: Where do we stand? Paper presented at the Policy Conference 2.0, Austin, TX.
  • Messick-Svare, G., Montcalm, D., Manit, J. and Hylton, M.E. (2013, October). Defining AGP as a basis for curriculum development and evaluation.  Poster presented the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.
  • Hylton, M.E., Manit, J., Messick-Svare, G. and Montcalm, D. (2013, October). It is not personal: Developing and implementing behaviorally-specific gatekeeping policies. Poster presented the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX. 
  • Manit, J., Hylton, M.E. and Messick-Svare, G. (2013, September). The generation gap: Challenges and strategies for supervising millennial employees.  Presented at the annual NASW-NV conference, Reno, NV.
  • Hylton, M. E., (2006, October). Facilitating the online learning community: A comparison of two web-based teaching approaches, Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Los Angeles, CA.
  • Hylton, M. E., (2005, November) The effects of online and classroom-based learning on students' attitudes and knowledge of lesbians and gay men, Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Austin, TX.
  • Hylton, M. E., Albers, E. C., Svare, G. M., (2005, September), Spirituality, religion, and social work: Benefits and risks, Plenary presentation at the NASW-Nevada Annual Conference Reno, NV.
  • Hylton, M. E., (2005, July) Striving for authenticity: disclosure among lesbian and bisexual women in social work education, Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on the Social Sciences, Honolulu, HI.
  • Hylton, M. E., (2005, June) The effects of online and classroom based learning on students attitudes and knowledge of lesbians and gay men, Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on the Social Sciences, Honolulu, HI..
  • Hylton, M. E., (2004, February) Strategies for assessing and mitigating the prejudice experienced by lesbian/bisexual women, Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Anaheim, CA.

Publications

  • Hylton, M. & Wolfer, T.A. (2008). The request. In (T.A. Wolfer and V.M. Runnion, Eds.) Dying Death and Bereavement in social work practice: Decision cases for advanced practice. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
  • Svare, G. M., Hylton, M. E., & Albers, E. C. (2007). On our own: Organizational context and social workers' use of spirituality in practice. Social Thought: Journal of Religion in the Social Services.
  • Hylton, M. E., & Albers, E. C. (2007). The use of interactive television in a BSW program: Comparing experiences of distance and campus-based learners. The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 13(1), 52-66.
  • Hylton, M.E. (2007). Facilitating the online learning community: A comparison of two web-based teaching approaches. Journal of Technology in the Human Services, 25(4), 63-78.
  • Hylton, M. E. (2006). Online versus classroom-based instruction: A comparative study of learning outcomes in a diversity course. The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 11(2), 102-114.
  • Hylton, M. E. (2006). Queer in southern MSW programs: Lesbian and bisexual women discuss stigma management. The Journal of Social Psychology, 146(5),611-628.
  • Hylton, M. E. (2005). Heteronormativity and the experiences of lesbian and bisexualwomen as social work students. Journal of Social Work Education, 41,67-82.

Favorite Quotes

  • The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. - Jane Addams
  • The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little. - Franklin D. Roosevelt