Jeanette Harder, Ph.D.
Jeanette Harder, Ph.D., CMSW
- Grace Abbott School of Social Work, Professor
Jeanette Harder has been a professor in the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) since 2004. She is the founder and director of the Support and Training for the Evaluation of Programs (STEPs), housed in the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center. She is the author of two books: 1) "For the Sake of Children: Love, Safety, and Abuse in Plain Communities" (2019) (intended audience: Amish and Old Order Mennonites), and 2) "Let the Children Come: Preparing Faith Communities to End Child Abuse and Neglect" (2010). Dr. Harder is the co-founder and a board member of Dove's Nest, a nonprofit organization that seeks to "empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities."
Dr. Harder enjoys teaching research, program evaluation, and macro practice courses to graduate-level social work students. She looks for any opportunity to use service-learning and other community engagement approaches in her teaching.
Dr. Harder's research interests are broad, with a focus on authentic community engagement. Through STEPs, she provides program evaluation and research services to social service programs in the Omaha area and statewide. She is also actively researching child welfare issues related to the Amish and Old Order Mennonites.
Through Dove's Nest, Dr. Harder provides cultural awareness training on Amish and Old Order Mennonites for child welfare, healthcare, and law enforcement professionals. As co-founder and board member of Dove's Nest, she also provides leadership, training, and consulting in child abuse and neglect prevention in faith-based communities. She provides external facilitation services to faith-based institutions impacted by sexual abuse and harassment.