Dr. Liz Fisher
Associate Professor, BSW Program Director
Office: Shippen Hall 337
BA - Social Work, Millersville University (1997)
MSW, University of Maryland-Baltimore (2001)
PhD, University of Maryland-Baltimore (2006)
Prior to teaching, I began my social work career as a YWCA Youth Director where I planned and implemented after school programs for children living in low-income housing, facilitated groups for adolescent girls, planned community events and coordinated summer camps including one for children with social, emotional and/or behavioral issues. Subsequently, I went to graduate school in Baltimore, MD where I helped with community organizing and program development in several grassroots nonprofit organizations and worked with Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. While at SU, I have been involved with the YWCA Carlisle, Pennsylvania GEAR-Up and Cumberland/Perry Housing and Community Partnership. I engage in continuous learning by attending numerous conferences and workshops each year along with serving as a volunteer in the comunity. I am currently working with community members and social service providers to create a centralized location for social services and youth programming in Shippensburg called the Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition (Katie's Place). This project will also provide a unique community-university partnership opportunity and encourage service learning opportunities.
My teaching and research interests include leadership in social services, community development, poverty, gender issues and social justice. I am particularly interested in transformational leadership and have published and provided training in this area. Whether I am training in a workshop or teaching in the classroom, I see my role as a facilitator of learning and work to actively engage participants. I also utilize as much service learning as possible to help students apply what they are learning while giving back to the community. I am passionate about social work and social justice and helping students develop critical thinking skills to use a systems perspective when thinking about social work services.
SWK 102 - Social Work in Social Welfare
SWK 340 – Assessing Organizations and Communities
SWK 370 – Practice with Organizations and Communities
SWK 388 – Preparation for Field Practicum
SWK 389 & 390– Social Work Field Practicum
SWK 391 – Seminar in Social Work Methods
SWK 420 – Gender Issues for Helping Professionals
SWK 501 – Principles and Philosophies of Social Work
SWK 530 & 531 – MSW Foundation Field Seminar
Selected Publications & Presentations
Oktay, J., Jacobsen, J. & Fisher, L. (forthcoming). Learning from experience: The transition from doctoral student to social work educator. Journal of Social Work Education.
Fisher, L. (2010). Will I be a competent social worker? The CSWE EPAS, competency, and signature pedagogy. In L.M. Grobman (ed.) The field placement survival guide.
Fisher, L. & Benbow, S. (Oct. 2010). Youth Leadership Conferences: A collaborative effort to address racism in schools. Presentation at the National Association of Social Workers, PA Chapter Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.
Fisher, E. (2009). Motivation and leadership in social work management: A review of theories and related studies. Administration in Social Work, 33.
Fisher, E. (November, 2008). Transformational leadership and organizational capacity for change among grassroots social service organizations. Paper presentation at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Fisher, E. (March, 2008). Coming down from the Ivory Tower: Bringing social work education to students. Paper presentation at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference, Destin, FL.
Deal, K., Hopkins, K., Fisher, E., Hartin, J. (2007). Field practicum experiences of macro-oriented graduate students: Are we doing them justice? Administration in Social Work, 31(4), 41-58.
Clements, J.A. & Fisher, E.A. (June, 2006). Helping to heal the helpers: Transformational leadership as a model for clinical supervision of child welfare workers. Paper and Lecture at the International Interdisciplinary Clinical Supervision Conference, Buffalo, NY.
Fisher, E. (2005). Facing the challenges of outcomes measurement: The role of transformational leadership. Administration in Social Work, 29(4), 35.