Linda Cummins, PhD

Faculty Senator

Linda Cummins, PhD photo


Areas of Expertise:

  • Research methodology
  • Research ethics
  • Social Policy, advocacy, and policy practice
  • Homeless populations


  • PhD -- Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • MSW -- Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • BES -- Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY
  • Diploma – Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing


In and out of homelessness and making it on my own: A qualitative study of rural homeless women.

Selected Publications:

  • Cummins, L. K. &  Sevel, J.A. (2017). Social work skills for beginning direct practice: Text, workbook, and web-based interactive case studies (4th ed.). Columbus, OH: Pearson
  • Cummins, L.K., Byers, K.V., & Pedrick, L. (2011). Policy practice for social workers: New strategies for a new era [w/interactive software]. Boston: Allyn & Bacon
  •   DiNitto, D. w/ Cummins, L.K. (2005). Social welfare: Politics and public policy. (6ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Cummins, L. K. (2001).  Homelessness among rural women. In Robert Moore [Eds.] The hidden America:  Social problems in rural America for the 21st century.  Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses.
  • Cummins, L.K., First, R.J., and Toomey, B.G. (1998). Comparisons of rural and urban homeless women. Affilia, 13(4), 435-453.
  •   Toomey, B., First, R., Greenlee, R., and Cummins, L (1993). Counting the rural homeless: Political and methodological dilemmas. Social Work Research and Abstracts, 29(4), 23-27.        

Selected Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor, Barry University, School of Social Work, Miami Shores, FL
  • Assistant Professor, Indiana University,  School of Social Work
  • Assistant Professor, Illinois State University, Social Work Dept.
  • Registered Nurse working in critical care 1970-1986
  • Organic farmer and goat herder