Social work

Eli Bartle

Eli Bartle
(818) 677-3298
Office location:
ST 208



  • Certificate - International People’s College; Helsingor, Denmark
  • Post Doc. - University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • Ph.D. - University of Kansas, Social Work (Dissertation: Long-Term Use of AFDC)
  • MSW - University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • BA - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Social Work

Courses Taught

  • Social Policy and Services
  • Urban Social Policy and Advocacy
  • Research Methods for Social Work Knowledge and Practice
  • Advanced Skills in Program Evaluation and Research with Urban Families
  • Graduate Project
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Selected Publications and Presentations


MacEachron, A; Gustavsson, N., Lavitt, M., & Bartle, E. (2009). Supervisor preferences for organizing training: A mixed-method needs assessment. Journal of Public Child Wellfare, 3(2). 173-189.

Bartle, E., & Halaas, B. (2008.) Bridging the divide between community organizing efforts and direct services in traditional social service agencies: Lesson learned from a case study. Journal of Policy Practice, 7 (2-3), 122-139.

Pearlmutter, S., & Bartle, E. (2003). Participants’ perception of the child care subsidy system. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 30 (4), 157-173.

Bartle, E., & Segura, G. (2003). Welfare policy, welfare participants, and CalWORKS caseworkers: How participants are informed of supportive services. Journal of Poverty, 7 (1/2), 141-161.

Bartle, E., Couchonnal, G., Canda, E., & Staker, M. D. (2002). Empowerment as a Dynamically Developing Concept for Practice: Lessons Learned from an Organizational Ethnography. Social Work, 47 (1), 32-43.

Bartle, E. (2000). Lesbians and hate crimes. Journal of Poverty, 4 (4), 23-43.
Pearlmutter, S., & Bartle, E. (2000). Supporting the move from welfare to work: What women say. Affilia, 15 (2), 153-172.

Bartle, E. (1998). Exposing and reframing welfare dependency. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 25 (2), 23-41.

Panels Invited

“Rock the Classroom: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Music Intervention Program on Academic Performance, Motivation and Self-Esteem of At-Risk Youth”, Abstract presented, The International Federation of Social Workers World Conference, Munich, Germany, July30-August 2, 2006, (with Dr. Amy Levin).

“Juggling Politics and Social Reform Efforts: Social Welfare’s Involvement in Living Wages Campaigns”, Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Chicago, February 2006.

Papers Invited

“Welfare Policy, Welfare Recipients, and CALWORKS Caseworkers: How Participants Are Informed of Supportive Services” presented at two conferences: (1) Rediscovering the Other America: A National Forum on Poverty and Inequality, and (2) Society for the Study of Social Problems, Chicago, August, 2002 (with G. Segura).

Workshops Invited

“Starting a Living Wage Coalition”, Interactive Workshop, Women Work Conference (The National Network for Women’s Employment, Washington, DC, February 2004.

Research and Interests

My practice interests and experience included casework in both Child Protective Services and other Child Welfare agencies in Nebraska and Arizona. I had only one graduate student internship because I was in an advanced standing MSW graduate program. The internship involved creating a research lab and serving as a research assistant to faculty and graduate students in the Department of Social Work.

During my Ph.D. work, I was part of a team of ethnographers who worked with staff and clients to document the empowerment progress of urban families with pre-school-aged children at risk for developmental difficulties. Our experiences are documented in several government reports and in the article cited above, Empowerment as a Dynamically Developing Concept for Practice.

My research interests lie in the areas of online learning; public assistance policy (specifically AFDC/TANF); workplace policy; child welfare supervision; ethnoviolence and hate crimes; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender health care issues. I currently serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Poverty.