Elizabeth L. Rompf
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1989
(859) 257-4407
  • Social Work Field education
  • Open Adoption
Elizabeth L. Rompf curriculum vitae24.36 KB

Dr. Rompf earned her B.A. in sociology from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. (1973), her M.S.W. from the University of Kentucky (1977), and her doctorate in Higher Education at the University of Kentucky (1989). She joined the College of Social Work as part-time instructor (1977), later attaining associate professor (1995.)

Dr. Rompf served as Director of the Undergraduate Program (1989-1999) and as Field Director (1998-1993). As Field Director she led efforts to create a Field Advisory Board, implement a Practicum Review Board, develop guidelines for student study abroad initiatives, establish evaluative criteria for Field Professors and Field Instructors, and write the “College of Social Work Handbook and Field Educational Manual.”

Dr. Rompf has co-authored the book Field instruction: A guide for social work students, (5th ed.), presented at national and regional conferences, and published in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as open adoption, family-friendly workplaces, spousal abuse and the criminal justice system, and teaching social work practice. She holds certification in Aging from the Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional/Geriatric Education Center, Open Adoption Counseling, and Child Birth Education. She has completed the Council on Social Work Education’s Curriculum Development Institute Program on aging and participated as Resource Faculty for the UK Gerontology Center (2004-6). She co-evaluated the Gerontology Certificate at Sanders Brown Center and presented at the National Conference for Gerontological Social Work Education (2006).

Since 1987, Dr. Rompf has been the PI for the Public Child Welfare Certification Program. She co-leads the College initiative, funded by the Hartford Foundation, to integrate gerontological research and practice across the curriculum and she reviews for the journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. She chairs the College’s Strategic Planning Committee and Foundation Practice Curriculum Committee, and Co-chairs the Admissions Committee. She is a member of the Undergraduate Committee, the University’s Committee on International Students, and has participated in fifteen doctoral committees, both as member and outside reviewer. She teaches undergraduate practice, field education, and the capstone M.S.W. course.

The College elected her to the University Senate and to the University Undergraduate Council. The President appointed her to the “Initiative on Undergraduate Education” Committee, and the Provost to the “Review and Evaluation Committees” for the Center on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and the Office of Minority Affairs. She is a past treasurer of the Kentucky Association for Social Work Educators, former director of Catholic Social Services Bureau and Birthright of Lexington, and served on the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation for nine years. Dr. Rompf was appointed to the Diocesan Commission on Women (2006) and is President of her Parish Council.