Professor of Social Work
Director of Field Education
on faculty since 2002
Dr.P.H., University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, 1997
M.S.W., Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 1980
B.S.W., State University of New York, Albany, New York, 1976
Professional and Personal Interests
If you were to listen to Rose Malinowski, you would understand why she believes that every Christian should be involved in social work.
“God called us to serve, and social work is an automatic extension of serving. A big part of what social work entails is meeting the needs of others.”
Meeting needs is the common thread that weaves through Malinowski’s academic and professional backgrounds. She grew up in New York City and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work at the State University of New York in Albany. She then relocated to Chicago, completing her master’s in social work at Loyola University and her doctorate in public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Living in two of America’s three largest cities exposed her to plenty of people and social concerns.
“Both cities have social issues that are common in most heavily-populated areas as well as some that are unique to their specific communities. The people are different, so social work must be practiced differently. I enjoy the rich diversity and multiple opportunities for interaction that urban areas provide.
“The pace of daily living is slower in Chicago, which allows for more interaction among the people here. However, the neighborhoods here have more invisible fences. Those are subtle characteristics that help social workers determine how to address and resolve situations that we encounter.”
The Queens native came to Trinity in 2002 to help build the College’s social work program, which was initiated two years earlier.
“Our program emphasizes social work from the Christian perspective. I believe we have a responsibility to strengthen our connections with our neighboring communities and create new ones with both Christian and non-Christian organizations. Bringing a Christian presence into secular settings should be a high priority for us.”
Malinowski enjoys classical music, cooking, traveling, and watching classic films. She lives in Forest Park, Illinois, and worships at Lisle Bible Church.
- Field Education Seminar
- Generalist Practice with Groups and Families
- Generalist Practice with Individuals
- Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities
- Human Behavior in the Social Environment
- Social Work Values and Ethics
Professional Society Membership
- American Public Health Association
- Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors
- National Association of Social Workers
Papers Published and/or Presented
“A Peer Facilitated Group Model for Women Experiencing the Aftermath of Intimate Interpersonal Violence.” 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development. Hong Kong, June 2010.
“Set free ministries: A comprehensive model for domestic violence congregational interventions,” with Danielson, T., Lucas, P., and Pittman, S. Social Work and Christianity: An International Journal (36) 4, pp. 480-493. 2009.
“Process and Outcomes Evaluation in a Service-Learning-Intensive Curriculum.” Chapter 11 in Social Work and Service Learning: Partnerships for Social Justice. Jason Aronson Publishers. 2007.
“Preparing Future Teachers to be Culturally Competent: An Innovative Program for Educators,” with Zumdahl, L., Huyser, M., Malinowski, R., Woo, D. Vallone, and Boerman-Cornell, B. Success in High Need Schools: The Online Journal of ACI’s Center for Success in High Need Schools, Vol. 2, Issue 3. 2006.
“Developing Partnerships Between Community and Curriculum to Assess Student Outcomes,” with Mackenzi Huyser. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors conference. Detroit, Michigan. November 2004.