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Lisa Barnoff

Dean, Faculty of Community Services and Associate Professor, School of Social Work
EducationBA, MA, PhD
OfficeRoom SHE-685, Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 5034
Areas of Expertise Anti-oppressive practices; Feminist organizations; Organizational change; Anti-racism; Social work education

Lisa Barnoff is an accomplished scholar and celebrated academic leader. She has been on faculty in the Faculty of Community Services since 2003, and recently completed a five-year term as director of the School of Social Work, where she earned praise for her collaborative leadership style, ability to build diverse teams and undertake innovation. 

Barnoff brings to her new role as dean of the Faculty of Community Services, a career-long focus on social justice issues and a commitment to advocacy in her scholarship as well as her university service. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Usha George Faculty Recognition Award for her many achievements. 

Barnoff’s areas of scholarly interest include anti-oppressive practices; equity, diversity and inclusion in relation to health and social service delivery models; organizational change; and social work education. Most recently, she was co-applicant on a study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council exploring the impacts of new managerialism on social work education in Canada.

  • SWP 31A/B: Social Work Practice Seminar
  • SWP 36A/B: Field Practicum
  • SWP 335: Power, Resistance and Change
  • SWP 341: Transformative Social Work Practices
  • SWP 923: Family Violence
  • Major Research Paper Seminar

Unsettling the classroom: Social work education in the context of new managerialism

Year: 2011
Role: Co-applicant
Funding received: $136,482
Funded by: SSHRC Standard Research Grant


Citizenship and social service: Violence against women in South Asian communities of the GTA

Year: 2011
Role: Co-applicant
Funding received: $19,678
Funded by: CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre, Research Grant

Anti-oppressive practice: Strategies for community based social work agencies

Year: 2006
Role: Prinicpal Investigator (Co-applicants, P. George and K. Moffatt)
Funding received: $64,634
Funded by: SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Articles:

  • Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K., Todd, S., Panitch, M., Parada, H. (In press) Academic leadership in the context of neo-liberalism: The practice of social work Directors. Canadian Social Work Review, 34,1, pages TBD.
  • Todd, S., Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K., Panitch, M., Parada, H., & Strumm, B. (2016) A social work re-reading of students as consumers. Social Work Education, 36, 5, 542-556.
  • Moffatt, K., Panitch, M., Parada, H., Todd, S, Barnoff, L., Aslett, J., Molina, I. (2016). Essential cogs in the innovation machine: The Discourse of Innovation in Ontario. Review of Education Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. 38, 4, 1-24.
  • Todd, S., Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K., Panitch, M., Parada, H., Mucina, M., Williams, D. (2015). Performativity Culture in Universities: Social Work Fabrications. British Journal of Social Work. 45, 511-526.
  • Barnoff, L., McGillicuddy, P., Odette, F. and Grassau, P. (2010). Aiming for better than 'nobody flinched:' Notes on lesbian oppression in cancer care. C. Sinding. Canadian Women's Studies. 28, 2, 89-94.
  • George, P., Coleman, B. and Barnoff, L.(2010). Stories from the Field: Practicing Structural Social Work in Current Times: Practitioners' Use of Creativity. Critical Social Work. 11, 2, 13-27.
  • Moffatt, K., Barnoff, L., George, P. & Coleman, B. (2009) Process as Labour: Struggles for Anti Oppressive / Anti-Racist Change in a Feminist Organization. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 62, 34-54.
  • George, P., Moffatt, K., Barnoff, L., Coleman, B., & Paton, C.  (2009) Image Construction as a Strategy of Resistance by Progressive Community Organizations. Nouvelles Pratiques Sociales. 22, 1, 92-110.
  • Barnoff, L. & Moffatt, K. (2007). Contradictory Tensions in Anti-Oppression Practice In Feminist Social Services. Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work. 22, 1, 56-70.
  • George, P., Barnoff, L. & Coleman, B. (2007). Finding Hope in a Hostile Context: Stories of Creative Resistance in Progressive Social Work Agencies. Canadian Social Work. 9, 1, 66-83.
  • Parada, H., Barnoff, L., & Coleman, B. (2007) Negotiating Professional Agency: Social Work and Decision-Making within the Ontario Child Welfare System. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. 34, 4, 35-56.
  • George, P., Coleman, B., &  Barnoff, L. (2007). Beyond Providing Services: Voices of Service Users on Structural Social Work Practice in Community Based Social Service Agencies. Canadian Social Work Review. 24, 1, 5-22.
  • Barnoff, L., George, P., & Coleman, B. (2006). Operating in Survival Mode: Barriers to Implementing Anti-Oppression Practice within Feminist Social Service Agencies. Canadian Social Work Review. 23, 1-2, 41-58.
  • Sinding, C., Grassau, P., & Barnoff, L. (2006) Community Support, Community Values: The Experiences of Lesbians Diagnosed with Cancer. Women & Health. 44, 2, 59-79.
  • Barnoff, L., Sinding, C., & Grassau, P. (2005) Listening to the Voices of Lesbians Diagnosed with Cancer: Recommendations for Change in Cancer Support Services. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. 18, 1, 17-35.
  • San Martin, R. M. & Barnoff, L. (2004). Let Them Howl: The Operations of Imperial Subjectivity and the Politics of Race in One Feminist Organization. Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal. 29, 1, 77-84.
  • Sinding, C., Barnoff, L. &  Grassau, P. (2004). Homophobia and Heterosexism in Cancer Care: Lesbians' Experiences. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 36, 4, 170-188.
  • The Lesbians and Breast Cancer Project Team. (2004). Silent No More: Coming Out About Lesbians and Cancer. Canadian Women's Studies. 24, 1, 37-42.
  • Barnoff, L. (2001) Moving Beyond Words: Integrating Anti-Oppression Practice into Feminist Social Service Organizations. Canadian Social Work Review. 18, 1, 67-85.

Books:

  • Parada, H., Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K. and Homan, M. (2011). Promoting Community Change: Making it Happen in the Real World (First Canadian Edition). Toronto: Nelson Education.

Book chapters:

  • Barnoff, L., Abdillahi, I. & Jordan, B. (2017). Building anti-oppressive organizations: Thoughts from a multidimensionally informed journey. In S. Wehbi & H. Parada (Eds.), Re-imagining anti-oppression social work practice. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 137-151.
  • Moffatt, K., Barnoff, L., George, P. & Coleman, B. (2017). Process as Labour: Struggles for Anti-Oppressive / Anti-Racist Change in a Feminist Organization. In H. Parada & S. Wehbi (Eds.), Re-imagining anti-oppression social work research. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 49-60.
  • Barnoff, L. (2017). Business as usual: Doing anti-oppressive organizational change. In D. Baines (Ed.), Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice: Social Justice Social Work (3rd Ed.). Halifax: Fernwood, 172-192.
  • Sinding, C., Barnoff, L., McGillicuddy, P., Grassau, P., Odette. F. (2015). In B. Cranney and S. Molloy (Eds.), Aiming for better than 'nobody flinched:' Notes on oppression in cancer care. Canadian Woman Studies Reader (3rd Ed.). Inanna Publications. 429-436.
  • Barnoff, L. (2011). Business as usual: Doing anti-oppressive organizational change. In D. Baines (Ed.), Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice: Social Justice Social Work (2nd Ed.). Halifax: Fernwood. 176-193.

Technical reports:

  • Korteweg, S., Abji, S., Barnoff, L., Mattoo, D. (2013). Citizenship, Culture, and Violence Against Women: Social Service Provision in the South Asian Communities of the GTA. CERIS Research Report. 40p.
  • L. Barnoff (2005)Implementing Anti-Oppressive Principles in Everyday Practice: Lessons from Feminist Agencies. Final Research Report. 76p.
  • Barnoff, L., Parada, H. & Grassau, P. (2005) Transforming Social Work: Creating Space for Anti-Oppression and Social Justice Practices. Conference Report. Toronto: School of Social Work, Ryerson University. 44p.
  • Lesbians and Breast Cancer Project Team. (2004). Coming Out About Lesbians and Cancer. Research Report. Toronto: Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative. 115p.
  • Lesbians and Breast Cancer Project Team. (2004). Coming Out About Lesbians and Cancer. Summary Research Report. Toronto: Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative.