Christina Erickson

Professor, Department Chair

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Deep learning requires hard work on the part of students and faculty, but the work is fulfilling.  In every class I teach, from Social Work Practice with Groups and Families to Environmental Justice and Social Change there are a few key elements I hope students take away.  A recognition of their personal selves as change agents is most important.  A willingness to face their flaws, embrace them, and then push forward into continued learning is also rewarding.

Augsburg University offers an academic home that allows me to explore the interface of humans and our world.  Research, community collaborations, and most of all – being with students and teaching –  creates a wonderful space for learning, growing and changing over the life span.


  • BS, University of Minnesota
  • MSW, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago


Erickson, C.L. (2022). Spanked: How Hitting Our Children is Harming Ourselves. New York: Oxford University Press. Available at:

Erickson, C.L. (2018).  Environmental Justice as Social Work Practice.  Oxford University Press.

Hill, K., Erickson, C., Ferguson S., Fogel, S. & Plitt Donaldson (2017).  State Definition of Social Work Practice: Implications for our Professional Identity.

Plitt-Donaldson, L., Fogel, S., Hill, K., Erickson, C.L.  & S.M. Ferguson, S. (2016). Attitudes toward advanced licensing in macro social work practice.  Journal of Community Practice, 24(1), p. 77-93.

Erickson, C.L. (2015).  Older Adults and Sustainable Policy in a Global Perspective. Link, R., and VanWormer, K. (Eds.) Sustainable Policy with a Global Perspective. Sage.                               

Erickson C.L. (2015). The Field Learning Agenda:  Maximizing the Essential Tool.  Field Instructor Survival Guide. (Henseley, Ed).

Plitt-Donaldson, L., Hill, K, Ferguson, S.M., Fogel, S., Erickson, C.L., (2014).  Contemporary Social Work Licensure: Implications for Macro Social Work Practice and Education.  Social Work (59)1, p. 52-61.  

Erickson, C.L., Gault, D. & Simmons, D.  (2014).  The Wakanheza Project:  A Public Health Approach to the Primary Prevention of Family Violence.  Journal of Community Practice, (22),1-15.

Hamilton, B. & Erickson, C.L. (2012). Urban Heat Islands:  A social work perspective. Advances in Social Work, 13(2), 420-430.

Erickson, C. (2011) A Gift Never Given and a Keepsake Taken Away. Cairns, Fall, Unity Universalist Press, Minneapolis.

Erickson, C.L. (2011).  Environmental Degradation and Preservation in Link, R. and Healy, L. (Eds.) Handbook for International Social Work.  Oxford University Press.

Hill, K. Ferguson, S.M. & Erickson, C.L.  (2010).  Strengthening and Sustaining Macro Social Work:  A replicable model.  Journal of Community Practice. 18(4), 513-527.

Erickson, C.L., Lee, S. &  Mattaini, M.A. (September, 2009).  A community prevention approach to peaceful schools:  Application of Wakanheza.  School Social Work Journal 34(1). 43-60.

Erickson, C.L. (2008).  Wash ‘em, don’t toss ‘em: This mom wants restaurants to reuse kids’ cups.  Minnesota Women’s Press, 24(17), 5.

Erickson, C.L. (2007).  Living with Parkinson’s Disease:  How Social Workers Help.  Health Section Connection, Issue 1, 6-7.

Erickson, C.L. (2007). Social Work Practice and Parkinson’s Disease. In L.M. Grobman & D.B. Bourassa (Eds.), Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers.  White Hat: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Erickson, C.L. (2006).  Living with illness – your options: Parkinson’s disease services available to individuals and families., National Association of Social Workers.

Erickson, C.L. (2006).  Kitchen table recovery.  Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. Spring, 21(1), 106-107.               

Erickson, C.L. &  Muramatsu, N. (2004).  Parkinson’s disease, depression and medication adherence:  Current knowledge and social work practice.  Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 42(3/4), 3-18.

Erickson, C.L., Mattaini, M.A., and McGuire, M.S. (2004).  Constructing non-violent cultures in schools: The state of the science.  Children and Schools 26(2)102-116.


2004-present – Augsburg University, Department of Social Work

  • Social Work 307 & 317: Integrative Field Seminar
  • Social Work 210:  Environmental Justice and Social Change
  • Social Work 301:  History and Analysis of Social Policy Social Work 307/317: Field Seminar
  • Social Work 316:  Methods with Families and Groups
  • Social Work 401: Research Methods
  • Social Work 506: Practice II: Methods with Families and Groups
  • Social Work 515: Theories of Families
  • Social Work 516: Community Development for Social Change
  • Social Work 668:  Organizational Practice II
  • Social work 699:  Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging

2012 – United International College, Social Work and Social Administration Programme, Zhuhai, China

  • Social Work 4130: Social Work with Families
  • Social Work 2180:  Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • General Education 2010: Environmental Justice and Social Change