Wendy A Bilgen, Ph.D., LISW-S
 Title: Assistant College Lecturer
 Dept: Social Work
 Office: RT 1410
 Phone: 216-687-4564
 Email: w.bilgen@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1410, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Eastern University, 2018
M.S., Social Science Admin. Social Work, Case Western Reserve University, 1990
B.A., Social Work, Malone University, 1988
Brief Bio:
Wendy A. Bilgen, Ph.D., LISW-S, currently Assistant Lecturer.
Over the last 30 years her professional and research interests have aligned with her life
purpose exploring and developing narrative practices through diverse forms of inquiry.

Interrogating stories and experiences at the intersection of identity, culture, and spirituality focus her activities as an edge-walking practitioner, dividing time between teaching, counseling, speaking, research, and writing in the United States and Turkey. She
continues to be drawn to trauma-informed research and practice and sees
autoethnography as an integrating and innovative mode of engagement that is
meaningful, healing, creative, practical, accessible, and transformative, all of which she
hopes to bring into her interdisciplinary work as educator, therapist, and social worker.

Through her work she hopes that voices normally held at the margins of society would
be stimulated to speak new wisdom and knowledge into all levels of society in order to
catalyze social innovation and healing in individuals, organizations, communities, and
societies around the globe.
Honors and Awards:
University Graduate Faculty, Cleveland State University, College of Graduate Studies, Spring 2023-present
Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award, for Transformative Autoethnography for Practitioners,2022
Research Interests:
Autoethnography as a means of research and storytelling that leads to individual and societal change
Teaching Areas:
Courses taught include undergraduate and graduate generalist social work practice courses
Professional Experience:
In additional to teaching, Wendy has over 20 years of multi-cultural experience working with individuals and couples in distress in Turkey. She utilizes a multidimensional approach to therapy, exploring each individual's biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs a in order to assist in healing from trauma, building self-worth, improving communication in their relationships and reaching their goals. Additional community work with refugees and asylum seekers, humanitarian workers, and non-profit work teams in an advocacy, trauma and crisis care role.
Professional Service:
Peer Reviewer for Journal of Autoethnography and International Journal of Multicultural Education