Laura S Boisen

Professor Emerita

CB 51

Laura Boisen’s teaching philosophy centers around feminist principles, and the idea that every person is a potential teacher and learner. Contact with students is intended to develop a connection with each student as an individual. Many of the social work students have person contact with faculty members. There is a coherent curriculum taught by qualified members of the faculty with practical experience. Laura helps her students achieve success by developing a personal relationship that fosters the development of critical thinking.


  • B.A. Wartburg College
  • M.P.A. Iowa State University
  • M.S.S.W. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Current Research Interests

  • Child protection, at risk families
  • Kinship foster care
  • Delivery of child welfare services
  • Dual relationship in rural areas
  • Family policy
  • Management and supervision in human service organizations
  • Integration of theory and practice