Campus Address: Caudell Hall 359
Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo
Associate Professor, Ronnie Mahler, joined Social Work Department in September 1977. Prior to joining the faculty at Buffalo State, Dr. Mahler was a Personal Development Counselor and instructor at Genesee Community College (GCC) for three years.
At GCC, I provided individual counseling for college students; facilitated small group in‑class activities; trained students as peer counselors; completed evaluation research; supervised masters level counselor education students, co-taught psychology and humanistic education classes.
At Buffalo State my teaching focus has been in Field Instruction, Interventive Methods and Research Methods. I appreciate how these three courses interconnect: By using research methods to find evidence-based intervention models, students begin to build their own approach to social work practice. I’ve been privileged to see students use knowledge from Research and Practice to prepare themselves for terrific achievements at their field work. As a teacher, I try to foster academic rigor through active learning strategies like team projects, role plays, involving students in research. I believe by using a variety of teaching strategies and focusing on meaningful lessons, there’s a greater chance to find the “sweet spot” where students will delve deeper because they’re self-motivated.
More recently my research area has been the scholarship of teaching and learning. I have also researched self-help and self-care strategies for human service workers, and evaluation studies, especially evidence-based clinical practice.
I received a PhD in Sociology from the University at Buffalo (UB). My MSW and bachelor degree in Psychology are also from UB. I’ve been recognized for Outstanding Service to the Center for Development of Human Service.
Outside of work, I enjoy weight lifting and aerobic exercise, playing the ukulele, and traveling with friends and family.
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