Research & Supervisory Interests
Interested in teaching and learning in the university setting, particularly barriers to access and success in post-secondary institutions. I am presently examining the use of experiential education to help social work students understand the process of advocacy and social change. I am also engaged in a project to provide students who face barriers to entering post-secondary education with the skills and knowledge to enter and succeed at post-secondary education.
Recent Graduate Supervisions
- Gender-Neutrality, Gender Stereotypes and Juvenile Justice Policy
- Female Adolescents: Reporting Sexual Assault to Police
- Ph.D., Sociology, 2000, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
- M.A., Social Welfare Policy, 1985, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario,
- B.A., Psychology, Honours degree, 1980, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
- SW2B03, Social Welfare I: General Introduction
- SW2BB3, Social Welfare: Anti-Oppressive Policies & Practices in Social Work
- SW2E03, Human Growth and Development in the Social Environment
- SW3D06, General Social Work I
- SW3DD6, Field Practicum I
- SW3O03, Human Sexuality in Social Context
- SW4B03, Adult Family Violence
- SW4J03, Social Change: Social Movements and Social Advocacy
- SW4O03, Social Work with Communities
Sandra Preston (2002). “Claiming our place: Women with serious mental health issues and support groups for abused women.” Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 21 (1): 101-113.
Sandra Preston (1999). "The Glass Half Full - Responses to Woman Abuse by the Federal and Ontario Governments, 1980 - 1995", Canadian Review of Social Policy, 44: 41-56.
Presentations at Meetings
Freeman, Bonnie and Sandra Preston"Crafting Indigenous - Settler Alliances for Social Work Education" Research on Teaching and Learning Conference, McMaster University.
Knorr, K., Marquis, B., Anderson, C., Cockcroft, R., Fenton, N., Gabay, D., Gullage, A., Kim, J., Martin, L., Monteiro, S., &Preston, S. Institutional teaching and learning research directions: Contributions from the community. European Society for Teach and Learning.
Beth Marquis, Sandra Preston, Rachel Brain, Kaila Radan, Mark Busser, Nick Marquis, Beth Levinson, Meaghan Ross “Tuning into the Practice of First Year Foundations Courses, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Sinding, Christina, Bonnie Freeman, Amy Gullage, Sandra Preston "Crafting Indigenous-Settler Alliances for Social Work Education: visiting, listening, sustaining the tension.” Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education
Preston, Sandra. “Connecting with the Community: Social Work and the University”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education
Preston, Sandra. “Making It Real: Experiential Education in Social Work”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education.
Preston, Sandra and Ann Fudge Schormans. “The Practice of Inclusion: Opening the Academy to Students with Intellectual Disabilities”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education.
Preston, Sandra and Sheila Sammon. “The Use of a Community of Practice Wikki to Provide On-line Support to Field Educators”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education.
Preston, Sandra. “Teaching Social Action for Social Change” Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.
Preston, Sandra. “The Use of the Internet to Create and Maintain Connections Between the Community and the Academy”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.
Director, Office of Experiential Education for the Faculty of Social Sciences
Vice President, Interval House Board
Interval House is a shelter for women and children, in Hamilton, who have experienced abuse.
Chair of the Personnel Committee
Colin Macdonald Community School