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Bassima Schbley

Chair/MSW Director/Associate Professor
Social Work
School of Applied Studies
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Wichita State University, Bachelor of Arts
Wichita State University, Master of Arts
Newman University, Master of Social Work
University of Utah, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History
  • Associate Professor of Social Work, Washburn University, Topeka, KS, 2013-present
  • Assistant Professor of Social Work, Washburn University, Topeka, KS, 2003-2013
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, 2001-2003
Scholarly Interests/Activities
  • Scholarship focus is on research regarding culture and belief systems of Muslim Middle Eastern women living in the United States.
  • Teaching, research, and publication, along with national and international presentations on oppression of Muslim women, PTSD in Middle Eastern children, spirituality, Islam, and providing clinical services to Middle Eastern cultures.
Service Interests/Activities
  • Initiated many community engagement projects for both students and faculty.
  • In 2001 was the first director to start GoZones in Wichita, Kansas. Sponsored by Interfaith Ministries, GoZones is an AmeriCorps after-school program for children living in impoverished and at-risk neighborhoods.
  • In 2004 began serving on the Governor’s Executive Committee on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.  Presented twice at the Governor’s Conference on PTSD in children.
  • Served as an officer in the United States Army Reserves from April 2007 to February 2012.
  • Provided clinical services to children and their families for the State of Kansas.
Career Accomplishments
  • Currently president of the International Center of Topeka. Through ICT has helped Washburn University and the International House develop and coordinate several important activities for Washburn and the Topeka community
  • President of Phi Beta Delta (International Scholars)
  • Apeiron Committee
  • WU Travel Abroad Scholarship Committee
  • WU Library Committee
  • WU Diversity Initiative Committee

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