Dr. Deanna Guthrie came to UW-Whitewater in 2013 from Loyola University in Chicago where she served as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work. Her professional experience includes serving as director of a counseling program for interns and disadvantaged youth, working as a clinical social worker, working with siblings of children with disabilities through a support group, and working with autistic children. Dr. Guthrie has identified her goal as a professor to “ensure that my students apply themselves and realize their optimal learning potential.”
Now that you have completed your first year as a faculty member at UW-Whitewater, can you share one reflection on the year?
The biggest thing I learned this year, is that with all of the different responsibilities faculty members have, it is not possible to do everything perfectly and also have a life outside of work. I have learned a lot about achieving work-life balance and how important that is and will be in the future.
What is her favorite thing about UW-Whitewater so far?
The way that the university encourages and promotes building relationships between students and faculty.
What made her want to teach?
She’s always loved school. The main thing that drew her to teaching was the ability to learn herself and to also help foster that passion in others. She’s been in clinical social work for seven years so now it’s been great to get the opportunity to help students develop those skills themselves.
What is her approach to teaching and what can students expect in the classroom?
Her approach is incorporating as many different types of learning as possible, including a variety of different modalities such as discussions, case examples, videos, lecture, and experience from the field to apply to multiple learning styles. She strives to be organized and clear about course expectations.
What is one experience that occurred during her undergraduate or graduate school experience that made a definite impact on her approach to her academic career?
As an undergraduate, she worked with a professor on an undergraduate research project where she ran her own research study. The experience of doing undergraduate research and developing the mentoring relationship with the professor had a significant impact on her.
What book would she recommend to her students?
Play Therapy: The art of the Relationship by Garry L Landreth. She specifically recommends it to all students interested play therapy because it gives a good overview for working with children and building relationships through their play and how that can lead to change.
What is something that students would be surprised to learn about her?
She used to be a dancer and was in a dance company in high school.
What does she like to do outside of work?
Spending time with her husband and her dog, and she likes to go to events in the city of Chicago where she lives.