Jeffrey Shears is a joint appointed Professor in the Social Work Departments at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University & UNC Greensboro, where he is also the Director of the Joint Masters Social Work Program (JMSW). Dr. Shears earned his BSW and Masters in Education Administration from North Carolina A&T State University and his PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. His research interest is men (fathering, multicultural issues, HIV and AIDS) and quantitative research with an emphasis on data sharing among social service agencies. In addition, Dr. Shears has an extensive list of academic publications on fathering featured in national and internationally refereed journals. He is co-author of the acclaimed “What all Dads Should Know” (Createaspace Publishers, 2011).
Dr. Shears is a highly sought after speaker who has been a keynote speaker and conference presenter. His topics include “7 skills of an effect father,” “Dads and daughters”, “Why fathers are important in the lives of children”, and “Effective Co-parenting”.
Many agencies and staff that work with families are much more comfortable interacting with mothers and children. However, to be more impactful with families, agency staff need to be able to work with men in these families. Dr. Shears provides a one day training that helps to increase an agencies capacity to work with fathers. This training has successfully impacted how agencies work with fathers and has increased the knowledge and improved the attitudes on working with men in families.