Faculty Profile for Dr. Katherine Selber

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Dr. Katherine Selber
Professor — School of Social Work
ENC 164
phone: (512) 245-8692

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Katherine Selber is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Texas State University joining the faculty in 1997. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas-Austin.

Dr. Selber is a founding member of the Texas State University- Veteran Advisory Council (VAC) and was the faculty sponsor for the student veteran organization, the Veteran Alliance of Texas State (VATS) from 2008-2013. Since 2008 she has provided leadership in developing Texas State’s program for serving the campus’ veterans and dependents. Working to blend the educational and service missions for supporting student veterans, Dr. Selber has helped create innovations to build the campus services into the 14th nationally ranked program among four-year colleges for veteran-friendly practices by Military Times Edge magazine in 2013.

As part of this nationally recognized program, Dr. Selber supervises Masters of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work students in a special unit that serves the student veterans on campus and in the community providing over 10,000 hours of service delivery since 2010. These interns perform outreach, case management, program development, and research functions that benefit veterans while training to be the next generation of veteran service providers. She also teaches a course for Masters of Social Work students both on campus and online entitled Helping Troops and Veterans Transition Back to Families and Community and has trained over 300 students interested in working with veterans in the community. Graduates of this unique internship and classroom training model are now employed in veteran serving organizations such as: Wounded Warrior Project, national headquarters; Operation Homefront; Samaritan Counseling Center’s Hope for Heroes; and various Veterans Administration clinics and hospital sites across the country.

She has also been the recipient of grants from state and federal entities including her current work as Co-Principal Investigator of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Heath Resources Services Administration (HRSA) 2012-2015 grant for providing training stipends to MSW students, many of them veterans and military family members, to work with veterans upon graduation. She has published many articles and chapters and presented at over 100 conferences and workshops on issues related to veterans.

Dr. Selber has received recognitions for her support of many deployed units engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and New Dawn. In addition, the U.S. President’s Council on Service & Civic Participation awarded her the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2006-2008 in recognition of her military support activities. For her work with student veterans she was named the Texas State Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2010, recognized with the campus Diversity Award in 2010, and in 2012 given the Friends of Veterans award.

Research Interests

veterans on university campuses

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Trahan, M. H., Ausbrooks, A. R., Smith, S., Metsis, V., Berek, A., Trahan, L. H., & Selber, K. (2018). Experiences of student veterans with social anxiety: A qualitative study. Social Work in Mental Health, online. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2018.1522607
  • Selber, K., Chavkin, N., Biggs Garcia, M. J., Shaffer, D., & Hall, K. (n.d.). Engaging the Next Generation of Veteran Services Providers in Professional Development through an Elective Course. Professional Development:  The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 19(2).
  • Selber, K., Chavkin, N. F., Biggs Garcia, M. J., & Wright, M. (2015). Online training for working with student veterans: A social work elective course. Online Learning:  Official Journal of the Online Learning Consortium, 19(1). Retrieved from http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/jaln/article/view/480
  • Selber, K., Chavkin, N. F., & Biggs, M. J. (2015). Dual mission: An innovative field model for training social work students to work with veterans. Journal of Social Work Education, 51(1), 59–75.
  • Krugh, M., Wisner, B., Ausbrooks, A., Russell, A., Chavkin, N. F., & Selber, K. (2015). Veterans’ mental health:  Exploring benefits of a mindfulness skills group for student veterans. Journal of Mental Health, 13(2), 128–144.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Texas State University- Veterans Initiative - One of Top Military Friendly Campus, GI Jobs Magazine. 2009 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Texas State Veterans Initiative Recognized as Best Department for Supporting Student Veterans, Veterans Alliance and the Division of Student Affairs. May 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Patriot Award, Texas Veterans Commission. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Patriot Award, Texas Veterans Commission. August 2015 - December 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Texas State University- Veterans Initiative, Ranked Nationally for Best for Vets in Four Year Colleges, Military Times Edge. 2014

Selected Grants

  • Selber, Katherine (Principal). Closing the Gaps for Veterans, Kolbe Family Trust, $30000. (Funded: 2015). Grant.
  • McCabe, D., Selber, K., Casselberry, J.. Peace Paper Project Proposal, The Equity and Access Committee, $3000. (Funded: 2013). Grant.
  • McCabe, D., Selber, K., Casselberry, J.. Peace Paper Project Proposal, The Equity and Access Committee, $3000. (Funded: 2012). Grant.
  • McCabe, D., Selber, K., Casselberry, J.. Peace Paper Project Proposal, The Equity and Access Committee, $3000. (Funded: 2012). Grant.
  • Selber, K. (Co-Principal), Cunningham, Michelle (Co-Principal). Victim’s of Crime Act, $83500. (Funded: 2005). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Director Search
June 2015-Present
MSW Committee
August 2014-Present
Doctoral Committee
August 2014-Present
Higher Education Task Force - Texas Veterans Coordinating Council Workgroup
Operation College Promise National Board