Lori A. McGraw, Ph.D., MS

Undergraduate Program Director, Human Development and Family Sciences, Senior Instructor II
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At OSU
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School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
Human Development and Family Sciences
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I am interested in understanding family care, particularly for families in later life. As a qualitative researcher, I focus on how sociocultural ideas and practices surrounding care shape caregivers' identities and relationships, and how caregivers creatively use sociocultural ideas to construct purposeful lives. I have studied adult sibling, mother-daughter, mother-child with autism, and grandmother-grandchild caregiving ties.

I have designed and facilitated 19 unique, upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses—in face-to-face, online, and soon-to-be hybrid formats. I think of myself as a humble practitioner of critical pedagogy. I work to develop students’ intellectual and emotional capacities to be critical agents, who transform knowledge into action that is responsive to moral, social and political problems. My teaching philosophy rests on the premise that students and teachers are collaborative partners in the classroom. In order to support undergraduate students in their struggle to define who they are and how they will relate to others, professionally and personally, I focus on high impact teaching pedagogy; social justice, equity & inclusion; and excellence in online teaching. I was awarded the College of Public Health and Human Sciences Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2018. I serve as the Faculty Advisor for the HDFS Student Club and was nominated by my club members for the Sponsored Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Biography

I am a lifelong volunteer and I believe in collaborative work to promote the success of any community or organization for which I am affiliated. I have served as the Board Chair of the Executive Board for a nonprofit organization, Strengthening Rural Families, whose mission is to engage in collaborative efforts to improve the lives of families in rural Oregon. I recently created online courses for Community Health Workers in Eastern Oregon, who are seeking advanced certification. As an instructor, mentor, researcher, and volunteer, I focus on the well-being of individuals, families, and communities, particularly on those who are vulnerable or marginalized.

My Publications

2015

Conference Paper

2009

Book Chapter

L. A. McGraw and Walker, A. J., Nondisabled sisters navigating sociocultural boundaries of gender and disability, in Handbook of Feminist Family Studies, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2009, pp. 177-191.

2007

Journal Article