I-Hsuan Lin

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Social WorkIndiana University
M.S.W.Social Work Indiana University
M.B.A. Communication ManagementNational Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
B.A. Library and Information ScienceNational Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Professional Experience

Over the past 16 years, I have committed myself to social work profession through practice, teaching, and research. Before entering academia, I have more than six years of direct and indirect social work practice experiences in serving socially and economically disadvantaged women and their families in Taiwan. I have integrated micro-, mezzo-, and macro-level practices in working with diverse clients in the capacity of social worker, advocate, program director, interim executive director, and administrator across nonprofit organizations and government agencies. I also worked with individuals and families experiencing homelessness in California to facilitate them to secure housing and achieve personal and family sustainability with case management. Through applying social work skills and community service, I have collaborated with immigrant communities to provide institutionalized immigrant older adults with recreational programs in California.

Currently, I serve as the vice president at a Californian nonprofit organization serving Asian immigrants and Asian Americans, while making connections with local communities in Albany and the State of New York. Prior to joining Saint Rose in 2019, I have held appointments and taught a variety of classroom-based and online courses across the BSW and MSW program in the School of Social Work at Indiana University from 2012 to 2018, where I also contributed to developing and redesigning online MSW-level practice evaluation courses. I am teaching undergraduate-level courses at Saint Rose. What Saint Rose values, such as inclusive community, service to the dear neighbor, and education of the whole person, resonate with my teaching philosophy and my social worker spirit. I am committed to utilizing my rich professional experience and working with colleagues to nurture our future social change agents and leaders.

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Social Change and Social Services
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Practice Evaluation
  • Research
  • Statistical Reasoning in Social Work
  • Understand Policy
  • Work-family interface and Gender
  • Social Work, Spirituality, and Identity

Research/Creative Works

My research and academic interests have centered around the gendered work-family interface, with a specific focus on caregivers’ work-family conflict (WFC) and structural solutions. My research work has led to multiple national presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles. I am currently working on a project that examines the effects of work-family policy regimes on child outcomes as well as a project that theoretically reviews gender wage gap and policy solutions. Informed by my work with older adults and my previous collaborative research on aging, I also plan to continue aging research on immigrant older adults’ civic engagement, caregiving, and culturally competent end-of-life care. The following are few examples of my research/creative works. Please see my CV for a complete list and for more detailed information.

  • Lin, I-H. (2022). [Review of the book Social work theory and practice, by L. Deacon & S. J. Macdonald]. The China Journal of Social Work, https://doi.org/10.1080/17525098.2022.2109809
  • Lin, I-H. (2021). Expert advice. MSW Online. https://mastersinsocialworkonline.org/states/new-york/#expert=i-hsuan-lin
  • Lin, I-H. & Lin, P.-S. (2020). Immigrants’ experiences of work-family conflict in the U.S.: A systematic review. Community, Work, & Family, DOI:10.1080/13668803.2020.1722063
  • Lin, I-H., Rowe, C., & Rotondi, M. (2020, November). From Catholic tradition to interfaith dialogue: Incorporating spirituality into social work curriculum. The Council on Social Work Education 66th Annual Program Meeting (APM), Virtually.
  • Lin, I-H. (2020). A systematic review of immigrants’ experiences of work-family conflict in the United States. 2020 Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, Virtually.
  • Lin, I-H. (2018). Ranking work-family policies across OECD countries: Implications for work-family conflict, gender equality, and child well-being. Social Work & Society, 16(1).
  • Lin, I-H. (2018, June). Critical realist view of work-family conflict through a gender lens: An integrated theoretical framework. 2018 Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Lin, I-H. (2018, June). How well countries do in addressing work-family conflict and promoting gender equality: Ranking work-family policies across OECD countries. 2018 Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Lin, I-H. (2016, November). Ranking OECD countries’ work-family policies: Implications for work-family conflict and gender equality. The Council on Social Work Education 62nd Annual Program Meeting (APM), Atlanta, GA.
  • Lin, I-H. (2016, September). Online teaching strategies: The experience of teaching a graduate level course in Indiana University. Faculty Development Workshop: Teaching Excellence Series, National Open University, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Lin, I-H., Son, H., & Pike, C. (2014, March). Development and validation of the Generalist Practice Skills Inventory (GPSI). 2014 Annual Conference for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Louisville, KY.
  • Son, H., Lin, I-H., & Kim, H. (2014, March). Community opportunity, social support, and civic engagement of older adults. 2014 Annual Conference for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Louisville, KY.
  • Lin, I-H., Son, H., & Pike, C. (2014, January). Measuring generalist practice skills in social work: Instrument development and initial validation. The Society for Social Work and Research 18th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Lin, I-H. (2013, August). Gender and work in China since 1949. IUAES2013 World Congress: Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds, The University of Manchester, Manchester, Britain.