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La Rose Tara, Assistant Professor

Tara La Rose

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work


My research interests focus on professional identity and work-life, and social work’s use of digital medial as a space for critical reflexivity. My recent work includes projects considering the effects of neo-liberalism and austerity on social workers’ capacity to actualize social justice and social change goals; considerations of the intersection of professionalization, globalization, neoliberalism and social work professional identity and the power of multi-modality and digital-media-storytelling as resources for critical reflexivity and professional education. My work engages multi-modal analysis, narrative analysis and discourse analysis in the context of critical perspectives such as post-structuralism, post-colonialism, feminist and queer theories.


  • PhD University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Leadership, Higher Education and Adult Education
  • Adult Education and Community Development Program Collaborative Programs in: Workplace Learning and Social Change, Women and Gender Studies (2013)
  • MSW Maritime School of Social Work, Dalhousie University (2013)
  • BSW School of Social Work, Ryerson University (1997)


Refereed Journals

La Rose, T. (2016). AFSCME’s ‘Social Worker Overload’: Digital Media Stories, Union Advocacy and Neo-liberalism. Special Issue: Underpaid, Unpaid, Unseen, Unheard and Unhappy? Care Work in the Context of Constraint. Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 58(4). 1-16.

La Rose, T. (2016). Research Note: “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Social Worker” - Mediating Critical Reflectivity and Resistance Through Digital Storytelling. Labour/Le Travail 77(1), 181-202.

La Rose, T. (2010). Reading “World Social Work Day 2010” Through Multi-modal Analysis. Critical Social Work, 16(1), 22 – 38.

La Rose, T. (2012). Digital Stories through the Lens of Multimodal Analysis: A Case Study of Erahoneybee’s Song About a Child Welfare Agency. Journal of Human Services and Technology 30(3/4), 299 – 311.

La Rose, T. (2009). One small revolution: Community Practices, Unionization and Workload in Child Welfare. Journal of Community Practice 17(1), 223 – 246.

Refereed Book Chapters

Veltman, A. and La Rose, T. (2016). The Anti-Oppressive Approach to Assessment of the Geriatric Patient. In, A. Hategan, J.A. Bourgois, A.L. Seritan, C. Hirsch (eds.). On Call Geriatric Psychiatry: A Handbook of Principles and Practices. New York: Springer Publishing Company. (anticipated publication: July 2016)

La Rose, T. (2014). Digital Stories through the Lens of Multi Modal Analysis: A Case Study of Erahoneybee’s Song About a Child Welfare Agency, p.p. 299-311. In, K. Bredl, J. Hunniger and J. Linaa Jensen (eds). Methods for Analyzing Social Media. New York: Routledge.

La Rose, T. (2009). One small revolution: Community practices, unionization and workload in Child Welfare, p.p. 23 – 246. In, L. Simmons, S. Harding (Eds.), Economic Justice, Labor and Community Practice. New York: Routledge.