Judith L. Alexandre

Judy Alexandre

Professor of Sociology
Phone: (805) 565-6788
Email: alexandr@westmont.edu
Office Location: Deane Hall 109

Office Hours
Tuesday 12-3:30
and Thursday 1:15 - 4:00 pm

Specialization
Human Services Policy , Child Welfare and the
Theory of Social Work Practice

JUDY ALEXANDRE

Judy’s journey to Westmont began in the 1970s, when she was invited to establish a bachelor of social work program as an assistant professor. “At the time, there were only about 4-5 female faculty at the college," she recalls. "We had our master’s degrees, and the school offered to pay for us to earn our doctorates as well.” After the social work program did not continue, Judy stepped away from Westmont to start a private practice counseling center dedicated to social work. Ten years later she was invited back to Westmont by the former chair of the Sociology Department, accepted the offer, and has been here ever since.

“It is a gift. I love students. I love being a mentor. I love seeing the lights go on when they hear something they haven’t heard before,” she reflects. “These are students who will go out and make a difference in the world, to live out their relationship with Christ by following what God commands: to love the world as He does.” Her passion for teaching and vocation as a practitioner are intricately intertwined, as her lectures before classes influence her private practice, and vice versa. Her work reflects various aspects in the wide span of social work, from child welfare to family counseling to the nonprofit she currently consults for, specializing in addressing the issue of homelessness. “Wherever there is a person in need, you will find a social worker,” she says.

"Judy is a person who tries to live out her faith passionately in word and deed," observes her colleague Tito Paredes. "She balances excellence in teaching and practical love for her students and the poor."

The Sociology Department at Westmont has some excellent new faculty, which Dr. Alexandre finds reassuring at the time of her departure. “Westmont is a wonderful college. It does a great job of equipping students.” Although Judy will retire from Westmont, her passion for social work grows each and every day. “To watch someone change and heal and be more involved in community, it energizes me. I have such hope for this generation of students, who embody a different sense of compassion and justice. Ultimately, they go out into the world following the commands of scripture: to love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with the Lord.”

Classes:

  • Human Services & Social Policy
  • Field Placement
  • Intimate Violence
  • Contemporary Marriage
  • Child Welfare

Education:

  • Social Work; Sociology, University of Denver, 1970;
  • Ph.D. United States International University, 1983

Selected Professional Positions:

  • Associate Professor of Sociology, Westmont College, 1994-present (initial appointment, 1976)
  • Instructor, Cal-Lutheran University, MFI (M.A.) Program 1985-1986
  • Instructor, Azusa Pacific University Graduate School of Marriage and Family Counseling, 1982-1984
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 1977-present
  • Instructor in Human Services, Ventura College, 1974-77
  • Social Work Supervisor II, Protective Services, 1974-76

Areas of Experise:

  • Child Welfare
  • Human Services Policy
  • Death and Dying
  • Theory of Social Work Practice
  • Communication
  • Clinical Social Work
  • Hypnosis
  • Media Violence
  • Intimate Violence

Selected Publications:

  • “Trauma in the Home: Victims of Abuse,” Chapter 2 in “Issues in Focus: Gaining a Clear Biblical Perspective on the Complex Issues of Our time,” Gospel Light Publications, Ventura, CA., 1989.
  • “Primary Health Care: A Comparative Analysis of Publicly Funded Health Services in Santa Barbara County,” Human Services Commission, 1980.
  • “Yes, You Can Help,” Perspective Magazine, 1978.

Professional Awards

  • American Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year: Ventura County 2004
  • Social Worker of the Year: Ventura County 2002

Professional Development

  • National Association of Social Work (NASW)
    • Regional Director 2005
    • Assembly Delegate 2006-2008
    • Legislative Committee 2005-present
    • Local Unit Leadership 1980-present

Community Leadership

  • Project Understanding: Ventura County
    • Board of Directors 2000-2006
    • Board of Directors 1990-1999
  • Member, Board of Education, Ventura Unifited School District
    • 1986-1990
  • Member, Ventura Unified School District Personnel Commission
    • 1990-present
  • Chair, Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness Task Force
    • 1998-2005
    • Advisory Board, 2006