Abdul Muhammad (Hum Serv Spec II, Human Development & Family Studies)

I joined the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Department in July 2016 as a Human Service Training Facilitator for the Child Welfare Research and Training Project (CWRTP). In my work with ISU, I am focused on developing and delivering effective training content for Iowa Department of Human Services child protective workers and community-based family services providers.

I have been blessed to a gain wealth of expertise as a practitioner and trainer across several areas of both social work and business over the last 20 years. As a social worker, I worked at the county and service area level to improve outcomes for youth in group care, in the child welfare system, and with families in crisis due to child mental health needs. I helped develop and guide promising practice for social workers and impact work being done by educators, attorneys, judges and other child welfare professionals throughout the state. I’ve worked passionately to ensure culturally respective service delivery of child protective staff, and was an integral part of the work being done statewide to address issues of disproportionality and racial disparities in Iowa's child welfare system. In the social work roles I have held throughout my career, I’ve always been an advocate for work/life balance, and the professional development opportunities of my colleagues and employees.  

As a business professional, I served as Chief Operating Officer for a successful company in Kansas City, and as a leadership and business consultant working with start-ups and entrepreneurs. These roles allowed me to advocate for the professional development of team members, my staff and other leadership teams. I also learned and implemented several strategies that led to better employee retention and job satisfaction. My career has allowed me to become an experienced speaker, trainer and workshop facilitator on a variety of topics including: Social Work and Family Services, Sales and Marketing, Building Team Culture, Improving the Workplace, Community Organizing, Diversity and Cultural Competency and Alzheimer's Education.

I am excited to be nominated as a representative for the Professional and Scientific Council. I believe my skills and experience as an advocate in both the public and private sector could be used to benefit P & S employees in a variety of ways. I understand leadership; team, staff, and employee needs; I build collaborative relationships; and I believe very strongly in better connecting the various communities that make up ISU in any way possible. As both my wife and I are graduates of ISU, I would love to give back to my alma mater by serving on the P&S Council.