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 Biographical Sketch

Dick Schoech is a professor at the University of Texas Arlington, previously in the School of Social Work but currently in Computer Science & Engineering.  His specialty area is human services technology.  He has previously worked as the Executive Director of a Comprehensive Health Planning Council in Columbus IN, as a regional human services planner, and in several other human service agencies.  His work for the UT System began in 1966 as a janitor.  He also worked as a research assistant and received a BA in Psychology from UT-Austin, and an MSSW and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Administration from the UTA Schools of Business, Social Work, and Urban Studies.  He was selected as a charter member of the UTA Academy of Distinguished Scholars in 2004 and was an Honorary Professor, Dept. of Social Work & Social Admin, U of Hong Kong (2003-2006) where he has taught several human service technology courses to students in Shanghai via distance learning.


Dick grew up on a dairy farm close to Muenster, a small German farming community in North Texas. He attended high school at Subiaco Abbey, a monastery community in the foothills of the Ozarks in Arkansas. He married Sharon, a social worker, in 1969. 


He is founder (1981) and coordinator of the Computer Use in Social Services Network (CUSSNet), and founding editor (1985) of The Journal of Technology in Human Services, published by Taylor & Francis. He has written three books and numerous articles on human service technology and has been the principal investigator on grants to develop applications in child protective services, aging, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. He is currently the chair of HUSITA, an international organization on human services technology.  He has presented on IT and Human Services in 13 countries including China, Peru, Turkey, the UK, and several countries of Eastern and Western Europe.


His research interests include e-learning, performance support systems, knowledge engineering, healthy games, behavior change via IT, and high-technology culture. Past research/development activities involve developing multimedia and World Wide Web computer based training and decision making applications. With the help of several talented graduate research assistants, Dick has developed software packages including Keisha, Kids HIV and AIDS Training, and the Worker Safety advisor.  Other grant projects include using OLAP technology to help child welfare managers use their data to improve decision making and working with youth to develop a virtual drug abuse prevention community on the Internet.  His current funded projects involve using automated web and phone technologies for case management in order to improve client adherence to treatment, developing a substance abuse and dating violence prevention game for youth, and providing resources and technical assistance to child welfare organizations in 11 states and tribes.


Hobbies include travel, plants, carpentry, and ethnic objects. Dick & Sharon are both Cross Timbers Master Naturalists.  The typos in my work are caused by critters.


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