Stephen Cummings

Stephen Cummings

Stephen Cummings is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work, where he is the Distance Education Administrator. Stephen has been involved in the field of social work for over 20 years, initially working at an agency for people with disabilities as an employment specialist, before earning his MSW in 2002 at the University of Iowa. For 10 years, Stephen worked as a medical social worker at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, primarily in Surgical Intensive Care, inpatient psychiatry, and the Emergency Treatment Center. Throughout his practice, Stephen nurtured an interest in the use of technology in the social work profession. He brought this expertise to his Distance Education Administrator role, focusing on ethics and technology as part of his scholarly work. Stephen is also a member of #MacroSW, a collaboration of social work leaders dedicated to the promotion of macro-based social work practice.  

Is automation a threat to social work practice in the field? Or is it a tool? more


Google is exponentially powerful, and its algorithm is complex. Is it good for your social work client? more

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On June 11, 2018, Net Neutrality officially ended. What was Net Neutrality all about? And how will the end of it affect social work? more


Technology in higher education is constantly changing. Students and faculty continue to adapt to these changes. more


One of the strengths of social work practice is our ability to be leaders in technology use. In developing new programs or creating new interventions involving technology, we are strongest when we aren’t just competent, but are emergent leaders. more

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Macro social workers asked: What constitutes a protest song? On the surface, this seems straightforward - a topical song with a focus on social justice and social change. That said, the best songs are propelled by their themes and their quality. more

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