Giesela Grumbach received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago and her PhD in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Grumbach also holds a two-year postgraduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University
Dr. Grumbach's work experience shapes her interests in many ways. Prior to her career in academia, she worked in medical and mental health settings, schools and in as a private practitioner/mitigation specialist. These varied experiences provide her with a breadth of knowledge that in turn informs her teaching.
Dr. Grumbach teaches Practice with Families, Contexts and Theories in Practice with Children and Families, Social Work Practice I, Diversity and Social Justice, Introduction to Social Work, Interviewing Skills, and Management and Supervision in the Human Services.
Dr. Grumbach began working for GSU as a full time lecturer; in 2013, then moved into the Director of Field Education position and finally in 2015 entered her current positon as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work.
Dr. Grumbach states that she loves the profession of social work and has a vested interest in helping to vet the next generation of social workers. What she loves about working at Governors State University is teaching across the curriculum because it allows her to reach different students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is often encouraged by students who are new to social work, as they display a certain enthusiasm to learn more about the helping profession. Likewise, students who are more seasoned bring their own level of knowledge and experience to the learning environment.
Her scholarly work includes participation as an early stage investigator (ESI) on the Governors State University (GSU) and University of Illinois Cancer Center (UICC) Disparities Education Program (GUIDE). GUIDE is a P20 National Cancer Institute funded career development, training, mentorship and research grant. As an ESI, she is engaged as a co-researcher on two research projects focused on addressing cancer health disparities among African American men and women, “Exploring Cancer Health Disparities Among Formerly Incarcerated African American Men and Women” and “Creating a mobile device-based educational intervention for African American women with hereditary breast cancer risk.”