University of Calgary

Patricia Samson

  • Assistant Professor
  • Edmonton - Central & Northern Alberta Region


Patricia Samson joined the Faculty of Social Work in 2016. She has over 28 years of social work practice experience, both direct and indirect, in the areas of domestic violence, justice support and correctional services, mental health, and community-based healthcare. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses related to social policy, social justice, social welfare, the organizational context of practice, and field education.

Patricia’s research interests are focused on advancing social work education and practice in the areas of teaching and learning, mental health and addictions, and health care. Patricia is involved as a principle investigator on a project examining Communities of Practice for social practitioners. Secondly, she is involved in research to develop pedagogical approaches to support critical thinking and social justice. Finally, Patricia is involved in a research project that will focus on developing a model of integrated service delivery to support people with complex social, mental health, and health care needs within a rural context.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Patricia is currently involved in the following research activities:

  • Studying Communities of Practice within the context of addictions and mental health care
  • Developing a teaching module to support teaching social justice to social work students
  • Developing an integrated model of service delivery in a rural context
  • Examining field education in the Canadian context
  • Building social work knowledge in the area of teaching and learning in social work education

Current Research

Current research projects include examining the concept of Communities of Practice from the perspective of social work practitioners working in the field of addictions and mental health; developing a pedagogical approach to teach and promote social justice to social work students; community-based research to develop a model of integrated service delivery in a rural community.


University of Windsor- PhD - 2018

University of Windsor- MSW - 2009

University of Windsor- BSW - 1988

Professional and Community Associations

Alberta College of Social Workers 2016-2019

Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) 2011-2019

Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) 2018-2019

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) 2014-2019

Publications from 2011-Present


Drolet, J., Samson, P., Tanchak, S., Kreitzer, L., & Hilsen, L. (2017). Self-care and well-being in social work education: Creating new spaces for learning. Journal of Educational Thought, 50(2&3), 200-215. Retrieved from

Samson, P. L. (2016). Critical thinking in Social Work education: A research synthesis. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(2), 147-156. 10.1080/10437797.2016.1151270

Samson, P. L. (2015). Practice wisdom: The art and science of social work. Journal of Social Work Practice, 29(2), 119-131.

Samson, P. L. (2015). Fostering student engagement: Using CPS in small group facilitations. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 8, 153-164.Retrieved from


Selected Refereed Conference Presentations

Samson, P. L. (2018). Critical Thinking in Social Work Education: Findings from an International Delphi Study. International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) Conference: Environmental and Community Sustainability: Human Solutions in an Evolving Society (Dublin, Ireland).

Samson, P., McGlaughlin, A. M., Fehr, L., & Ayala, J. (2018). A Pedagogy in Support of Social Justice. Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) Conference: Honoring Reconciliation and Respecting Our Differences (University of Regina).

Samson, P. L. (2018). Participatory Collaboration: Building Partnerships in Curriculum Planning.Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching: Students as Creators, Drivers, Innovators and Collaborators, (University of Calgary, Taylor Institute).

Samson, P. (2018). The Delphi Method: Building Consensus Through Thematic Analysis. 16th International Qualitative Methods Conference (Banff, AB).

Samson, P. (2017). Teaching for Critical Thinking.Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference-Gateways in Higher Education: Cultures, Transitions, Transformations (Dalhousie University).

Samson, P., & Hilsen, L. (2017). Collaborative Learning in Professional Education: Learning Communities in Support of Field Integration. IDEAS: Leading Educational Change (Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary).

Samson, P. L., & Tanchak, S.(2017). Spaces and Interspaces: A Dialogue in Support of a Culture of Learning. Post-Secondary Conference on Learning and Teaching-Conversations that Matter: Creating a Learning Culture (Taylor Institute, University of Calgary).

Samson, P. (2017). Social Justice and Critical Thinking: Implications for Curriculum and Pedagogy.9th Meeting of the Social Work Research Symposium, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Social Work Research and Social Justice: A Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (University of Calgary, CNAR).

Samson, P. L. (2015). Ethical Dilemmas: Interprofessional Collaboration in a Community Healthcare Setting. CASWE Conference: Social Work at the Intersection of Ideas, Languages and Cultures/Le travail social à la croisée des idées, des langues et des cultures. (University of Ottawa).

Samson, P. L. (2014). Transcending Boundaries: The Role of Social Work in the Changing Landscape of Healthcare. CASW-Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) Conference: Borders without Boundaries: Navigating the New Frontiers of Social Work (Brock University).

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