Diane N. Loeffler
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2006
(859) 257-3506
  • Housing and Home ownership
  • Community responses to poverty
  • Social Justice
  • Social Work Education in the 21st Century
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Dr. Loeffler received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa (1995), her M.S.W. from the University of Kentucky (2001), and her doctorate in Social Work at the University of Kentucky (2006).

Her current research and publications focus on social justice and poverty, with an emphasis on community and non-profit responses to poverty as well as on meeting the needs of the 21 st century social work student.

Dr. Loeffler’s most recent publications include Teaching Students to become effective in policy practice: Integrating social capital into social work education and practice in the Journal of Policy Practice, Ersing, R. & Loeffler, D. (in press, forthcoming 2007) and Pentru Voi Fundatia: An interdisciplinary community development approach in Romania in the Journal of Community Practice, Ersing, R., Loeffler, D., Tracy, M. & Onu, L. (2007).

Dr. Loeffler is currently working in collaboration with faculty from the University of South Florida on a community anti-crime initiative funded by the Florida State Attorney General’s Office. The project contributes to the knowledge related to empowering communities to respond to crime. Additionally, Dr. Loeffler is working with non-profit housing service providers in Kentucky to further research related to homeownership opportunities for low income households.

Dr. Loeffler is a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA). She has presented research at conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Loeffler teaches across the graduate and undergraduate curriculum.