Faculty Profile for Dr. Amy D Benton

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Dr. Amy D Benton
Associate Professor — School of Social Work
ENC 166
phone: (512) 245-2592

Biography Section

Biography and Education

She received a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to getting her doctorate, Dr. Benton worked for 10 years in the non-profit sector.

Teaching Interests

Organizational Management; Social Policy; Diversity

Research Interests

Her primary areas of interest are management and administration of human service agencies (including child welfare) and non-profit organizations, workforce support, development and retention, and social work education.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Norton, C. L., Schultz, M., Benton, A. D., Kiosoglous, C., & Boden, C. J. (n.d.). Outdoor adventure-based group work to promote coping and resilience among child welfare workers. In Transformative learning in professional learning contexts: Building resilient professional identities for work-based practice. Charlotte, NC, USA: Information Age Publishing.
  • Chenot, D., Benton, A. D., Iglesias, M., & Boutakidis, I. (2019). Ethnic matching: A two-state comparison of child welfare workers’ attitudes. Children and Youth Services Review, 98, 24–31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.12.008
  • Benton, A. D., & Iglesias, M. (2018). “I was prepared for the worst I guess”: stayers’ and leavers’ perceptions of their Title IV-E education. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 12(3), 264–280. https://doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2018.1446067
  • Trahan, M. H., Smith, S., & Benton, A. (2017). A new era of ethics: The use of virtual reality in social work ethics. International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 20(2), 5–24.
  • Benton, A. D., Chenot, D., & Boutakidis, I. (2017). Somebody’s Gotta Be There for These Kids: Importance of Service Orientation for Sustaining Public Child Welfare Workers. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 11(3), 339–359. https://doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2017.1279106

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Nominee: Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State University Alumni Association. 2018 - Present
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State University Alumni Association. 2016
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State University Alumni Association. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor Award, Alpha Chi National Honor Society. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Program for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. September 2010 - May 2011

Selected Grants

  • Benton, Amy D. Diversity and retention in the child welfare workforce, Research Enhancement Program Grant, $8000. (Funded: December 2010). Grant.
  • Benton, Amy D. Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals, Federal, $1920000. (Funded: September 2017 - August 2021). Grant.
  • Benton, Amy D (Principal). Health Resources and Services Administration: Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals: I-3 Project, $480000. (Funded: 2016 - 2017). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Presidential Seminar Taskforce
Reviewer / Referee
Child and Family Social Work
Reviewer / Referee
Child Welfare
Reviewer / Referee
CSWE Annual Conference_Child Welfare Track
Senate Liaison
Faculty Senate