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Elizabeth  Patterson Roe

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Elizabeth  Patterson Roe
rcnggrefba+znybar+rqh 330.471.8626
Brehme Centennial Center 106F

Associate Professor of Social Work, Field Coordinator


Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work with a minor in Missions, 1998
Roberts Wesleyan College, Masters of Social Work, 2001
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, School of Social Work, Ph.D., 2015


2007-present, Associate Professor of Social Work, Malone University
2008-present, Director of Field Education, Malone University
2006-2008, U.S. liaison for the Veritas Romanian Studies Program
2001- 2006, Social work educator, Romanian Studies Program
2001-2006, Veritas Social Programs Director in Sighisoara, Romania
1999, Social Work volunteer for Church of the Nazarene and Veritas in Sighisoara, Romania

Recent Scholarly Work

Patterson, E. (2012). International Social Work: A Faith Based, Anti-Oppressive Approach in Scales, T.L. & Kelly, M.S. (Eds.) Christianity and social work: Readings on the integration of Christian faith and social work practice (p. 371-386. Botsford: NACSW.

Patterson, E. (2004, March). A social work perspective on working with children. Youth With a Mission- Children in Needs Training, Sighisoara, Romania.

Patterson, E. and Tarrant, D. (2004, October). The challenge of Christian social work practice in developing nations. Workshop at NACSW, National Conference, Reston, VA.

Tarrant, D. and Patterson, E. (2004, October). International practicum experiences: The Romanian studies program, A model. Workshop at NACSW, National Conference, Reston,     VA.

Patterson, E. (2004). Offering hope in Romania: Efforts to empower through cross-cultural social work: Social Work and Christianity, summer, Vol. 31, 2.

Patterson, E (2004). Globalization and social work practice in Romania in Tan, Ngoh Tiong, Rolands and Allison (Eds.), Social Work around the World III: Globalization, Social Welfare and Social Work. (pp. 61-94), Aukland, Australia, International Federation of Social Workers.

Lampen, M. and Patterson, E. (2005, October).  A study of the effects of values and economics on the provision of faith based welfare services in post-communist Romania. Workshop at NACSW National Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Patterson, E. (2007, October). Offering hope in Romania: Efforts to empower through cross-cultural     social work. OH NASW Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.

Patterson, E. (2007, November) Offering hope in Romania: Efforts to empower through cross-cultural social work. AUDEM International Conference (Alliance of Universities for Democracy), Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Patterson, E. (2007, November).The Romanian studies program: Study abroad partnerships in a society in transition at AUDEM (Alliance of Universities for Democracy) International Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Patterson, E. (2008, February). Sewing seeds of justice: Cultivating empowering international partnerships. Workshop at the NACSW National Conference, Orlando,     FL.

Patterson, E.(2008, July). International social work and social work education in Romania.  Seminar at the NASW OH Summer Retreat, Mohigan Lodge, OH.

Teaching Assignments

Introduction to the Profession and Practice of Social Work
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Professional Issues
Social Work Field Seminar

Global Practice

The College Experience

Social Work Methods III

Community Cross Cultural Experience


I thoroughly enjoy teaching and coordinating social work field experiences Malone! Before beginning my work at Malone in 2007, I spent several years living and working in Romania, coordinating social services for Veritas, a faith-based NGO, and supervising student internships.  Romania is still close to my heart and I stay involved as a Veritas advisory board member, by coordinating students' involvement in the Romanian Studies Program and staying connected with close friends there.  I enjoy outdoors activities, art and photography, spending time with friends and family and traveling when I am able.   I completed my PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, where I gave my dissertation on how international practicum experiences impact the participants.  In addition to my dissertation topic, my most recent scholarly work has been on applying anti-oppressive practice to cross-cultural work and international development.