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Cara Speer Bio
Cara Speer

Cara Speer

Instructor of Social Work

Office: Old Main, Room 428
Email: cspeer@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2588

Professional Profile

Speer has been a social worker for many years as a foster care caseworker, director of a children's shelter, parent educator, social worker with the elderly and hospice social worker. She is active in the National Association of Social Workers on the local and state levels.  She was named Social Worker of the Year by Lubbock's chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 1992, 2001 and 2007.  Speer also serves on the Board of Building Strong Families in Lubbock. Speer came to WTAMU in 2007 to be part of the school's innovative social work program.

Teaching and Related Service

Speer has been teaching social work since 1990 and has taught many of the courses in the social work curriculum including: Introduction to Social Work, Social Justice, Generalist Practice with Individuals, Generalist Practice with Groups, Generalist Practice in the Community, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Aging, Health Care Policy, Effective Parenting Methods, and Field Placement Seminar.  Using her experiences as a social worker, Speer tries to bring the profession to life in the classroom.

She currently serves as the BSW Program Director.

Research and Creative Activity

Because social work is a service based profession, Speer devotes her out-of-classroom time to community service and professional service.

Personal Sketch

Speer was born and raised in Dallas.  Attending high school during the first years of mandated busing had a huge impact on her and strongly influenced her decision to become a social worker.  She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelors of Arts in social work and from University of Texas at Arlington with a master's in social work.  

The most important job Speer has ever had is that of mom.  She and her husband, Charles, have been married 31 years and are the parents of Bryn, a band director in Brenham, and Jamin, a Ph.D. student at Yale.