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Dean of Social Work, Associate Professor

Division of: Social Work
Phone: 503-517-1039
  • Ph.D., Education and Human Resource Studies, Colorado State University

Dissertation: Child trafficking: A case study of the perceptions of child welfare professionals in Colorado

  • MSW, Colorado State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Marketing, Santa Clara University
Areas of Teaching:
  • Social work
  • Research methods
  • Human trafficking
Research Passion:

Dr. Mace’s scholarship employs qualitative and quantitative methodologies and her research concerns are human trafficking, human rights, and child welfare. She is passionate about social justice and social change and her research seeks to increase education and awareness of human trafficking.

  • Mace, S.L. (2018). Human trafficking. PDH Academy, Pewaukee, WI.
  • Mace, S.L. (2015). Child trafficking and child welfare: Implications for policy and Journal of Trafficking, Organized Crime and Security, 1(2), 47-61.
  • Mace, S.L., Venneberg, D.L., & Amell, J.W. (2012). Human trafficking: Integrating human resource development toward a solution. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 14(3), 333-344.
  • Orsi, R., Winokur, M., Crawford, G., Mace, S.L., & Batchelder, K. (2012). Predictors of family preservation outcomes and child welfare success in Colorado. Child            Welfare, 91(4), 41-59.
  • Veliquette, A.J., Coons, L.M., Mace, S.L., Coates, T., Chermack, T.J., & Song, J.H. (2012). The effects of scenario planning on perceptions of conversation quality and engagement. International Journal of Technology Intelligence and           Planning 8(3), 254-257.
  • Mace, S.L. (2012). Beneath the surface: A secondary analysis of the trafficking in persons report country tier placement report from 2001 to 2011. 2012 AHRD International Research Conference, Denver, CO. Conference proceedings,   1786-1812.
  • Kerno, S.K. & Mace, S.L. (2010). Communities of practice: Beyond teams. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 12(1), 78-92.
Professional Affiliations:
  • Multnomah County Child Sexual Exploitation (CSEC) Steering Committee
  • Deceptions Program Advisory Board (sex trafficking awareness)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Member

Before entering higher education, Dr. Mace was a Community and Organizational Development Volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. She has over fifteen years of experience working with human trafficking prevention, awareness, and advocacy in the United States and Bulgaria as well as youth development and empowerment programs domestically and globally. Dr. Mace joined the faculty at Warner Pacific University in 2014. She enjoys engaging with students and building relationships on campus and in the community. Outside of work, Dr. Mace loves spending time with her family and exploring the Pacific Northwest.