Research Interests: Qualitative Research and the relationship between qualitative methods and the evaluation of practice. The utility of symbolic interactionist and social constructionist theory in social work.
Teaching Areas: Human Behavior and Environment; Qualitative Research Methods; Foundation Research; Family Interaction Under Stress
Education History: Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Community and Professional Service: Family Concentration Committee
Professor Ruckdeschel is Co-Editor and Co-Founding Editor, along with Ian Shaw of the UK, of the Sage journal Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice. He is a current member and past chair of the University-wide Qualitative Research Committee.
He has also recently chaired the School of Social Work Rank & Tenure Committee (1998-2002) and the Family Concentration (1999-2002) and has served on and/or chaired numerous School committees. Professor Ruckdeschel currently serves on the Advisory Committee of Ethics Across the Curriculum (1998-present) and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Health Care Ethics (1997-present).