Michael A Dover, Ph.D., MSSW, MA, BSW, MSW,
 Title: Associate College Lecturer AAU
 Dept: Social Work
 Office: RT 1425
 Phone: 216-687-3564
 Fax: (216)687-5590
 Email: M.A.DOVER@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1425, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
collective impact of the human services, oppression, dehumanization, exploitation, human need, human needs, real property, property tax exemption, aging, social work education, social policy, social welfare policy, externalities, externalization, unanticipated consequences, unintended consequences, perverse incentives, moral hazards, policy briefs, advocacy letters, incremental and fundamental social change, nonprofit sector, public sector, mixed economy, pragmatism.
B.S., Social Work, Adelphi University, 1978
M.S., Social Work, Columbia University, 1980
M.A., Sociology, University of Michigan, 1996
Ph.D., Social Work and Sociology, University of Michigan, 2003
Brief Bio:
Michael A. Dover is a social worker and sociologist.  After earning an MSSW at Columbia in 1980, he worked for over 10 years as an advanced generalist practitioner of occupational social work in the field of employee assistance programs, including directing union-based member assistance programs in New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia.

Trained in sociology at Michigan (MA in Sociology, Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology, 2003), he is an active social theorist.  His current work concerns a needs-based partial theory of human injustice, to be submitted October 2017 to a journal in the field of sociology.  In October 2016, he published an article, "The moment of microaggression: The experience of acts of oppression, dehumanization, and exploitation," in the peer-reviewed Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, which explains the typology at the root of his theory of injustice.

In April 2016, he published a peer-reviewed entry in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, a 14,000 word comprehensive overview of theories of human need (available at the CSU library and a peer-reviewed Oxford open access link: http://tinyurl.com/zpuj4k9), as well as a 15,000 word annotated bibliography on human needs in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work.  In Fall 2017 he is updating both of these publications (a minor update).  He is preparing the manuscript a book based on his theoretical work: Theorizing Human Need and Social Injustice for Social Work and the Helping Professions.

His dissertation in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Michigan was based on four years of research in Toledo and at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. It was titled "The Social System of Real Property Ownership: Public and Nonprofit Property Tax Exemptions and Corporate Tax Abatements in City and Suburb, 1955-2000." He is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press, is to prepare a book based on his dissertation, tentatively titled "American Commons: The Property Tax Exemption in Urban History."  

Since 2007 has served on the full-time faculty at Cleveland State University.  He was co-convener of the Bertha Capen Reynolds Society (now Social Welfare Action Alliance) in 1985, and co-founder of the Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare in 2011.  Long a contributor to Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping (www.rnoph.org), he has served as editor since 2012. He has recently become involved in membership and activity with international organizations, including the International Federation of Social Workers, the International Consortium on Social Development, and the International Society on Quality of Life Research.  He presented at the 6th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory in 2016.

He is an Ohio native, born in Alliance and partially raised in Maple Heights. His maternal family helped settle the Western Reserve in 1803 and his paternal family come to Cleveland in the early 1920s, as part of the great migration from the cotton belt.
Honors and Awards:
Recipient of a Plaque in Honor of Michael A. Dover, David Crampton and Lovell Custard for their collective vision to assemble the local human service community to enlighten, discuss and act on social welfare issues, presented March 11, 20016 at the 6th Annual Conference of the Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare.

2015 Cleveland State University Civic Engagement Grant for pro bono consultation with Garden Valley Neighborhood House leading to establishment of a CSU School of Social Work Field Unit at Garden Valley Neighborhood House, and support for 2nd Annual Hike for Hope

2014 Cleveland State University Civic Engagement Grant for Conference on Social Welfare work on behalf of Garden Valley Neighborhood House and the 1st Annual Hike for Hope in Garden Valley

2012 Social Worker of the Year, National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter, Region 3.
Creative and Activities:
At least once a year, I creatively seek new ways of catching, kissing and releasing smallmouth bass, and creatively seek to find new ways of not losing golf balls in the woods at one of the Metro Parks golf courses. I am an avid film buff, and reviewed films for a local publication while living in New Orleans. I have several dozen copies of a new reprint of my story, Pooh and Party Look for Haycorns and Discover Christmas, available upon request, originally published in the Christmas edition of the Michigan Daily in 1969.
Research Interests:
My longstanding and ongoing project is to publish journal articles and a book concerning my original partial theory of social injustice, as integrated with the theory of human need of Len Doyal and Ian Gough and the self-determination theory of Edward Deci and Richard Ryan. This work brings together two independent strands of work from 1991 to present, one of which concerns theories of human need and the other theories of oppression, dehumanization and exploitation, with works on both of these subjects published in 2008.  The partial theory of injustice presented in 2013 and under review for publication brings together these two forms of theory.  The theory contends that oppression, dehumanization and exploitation create systematic inequality in the opportunities people and communities have to address their human needs in a way that is consistent with their human rights and with their culturally valued way of life.

Trained as a social worker, a sociologist and a gerontologist, I am particularly interested empirically in the manner in which older people address their human needs, something which I plan to study in senior centers, day treatment centers, assisted living residences and nursing homes.

Among specific upcoming research projects:

* Action research on lead poisoning among children in urban areas
* Action research on suicide by cop and the need for improved de-escalation policies.
* To publish peer-reviewed articles extending my previously published work on theories of human need
* To establish an International Interdisciplinary Inter-University Consortium on Human Need Theory and Research, with an online journal, to be housed at CSU.
* To publish several peer-reviewed articles, extending my dissertation.
* To publish the first book on a key social institution, the property tax exemption, based on my dissertation and my previous prospectus.
* To publish two peer-reviewed articles on a new typology of theories of social welfare and on the history of the relationship of the cold war and social welfare.
* To commence research in the fields of aging, developmental disability, and social welfare organizations, and action research in the field of mental health.
* Carry out historical research on the sociology of knowledge of social work and social work education, via a longitudinal study of the curriculum of a major school.
* Carry out historical research on the sociology of knowledge of social work and social science research on the psychosocial consequences of unemployment and factors associated with older adult volunteer and voluntary association participation.
* Carry out research on the nature of advanced generalist practice.
Teaching Areas:
My teaching interests and experience involve teaching social policy, history of social work and social welfare, micro and macro human behavior theory and community practice.  I have a growing interest in teaching about theories of generalist and advanced generalist practice and in theories of social work practice for global social work education.

My goals are to contribute to the conceptualization and teaching of courses on generalist and advanced generalist practice and policy practice courses at the BSW and MSW level; to continue to develop our new course on the history and philosophy of social work and social welfare beginning May 2016; to continue develop our BSW course on theories of human behavior in the social environment (macro); to design a practice in context course on social work and the world of work (occupational social work; employee assistance programs), and to design an elective on theories of human need and social justice.
Professional Affiliations:
National Association of Social Workers (1977-present)
American Sociological Association (1991-2017)
International Sociological Association (2017-Present)
Council on Social Work Education (associate since 1996, full member since 2003)
International Consortium on Social Development (2016-present)
International Federation of Social Workers (2016-present)
International Association for  Quality of Life Studies (2007-2009; 2015-present)
Social Science History Association (2010-2012, 2016-present)
Alumni Association, Columbia University School of Social Work (1980-present)
Social Welfare Action Alliance (1985-present)
Social Welfare History Group
Professional Experience:
Post-MSW Positions Held:
Social Worker, DC-37 AFSCME Legal Services Fund
Social Worker, Bucks County Housing Group, Langhorn, Pennsylvania
Director, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program, University of Pennsylvania
Clinical Director, The Assistance Program, Philadelphia AFL-CIO
Director, Medical/Psychiatric Social Work Service, Service Employees International Union Local 32B-J Health Fund, New York, NY
Regional Coordinator of Personal Services, National Maritime Pension and Welfare Plan, New Orleans, Louisiana

Pre-MSW Positions:
District 65-UAW Personal Services Unit - Social Work Intern 1979-1980 and Summer Social Work Employee 1979 and 1980
Social Work Intern, Harlem Hospital Division of Child Psychiatry
Family Assistant, N.Y.C. Board of Education Division of Special Education
Counselor, Educational Alliance Project Contact Residence
Social work intern, Community Service Society C.A.U.S.E. Program, New York, NY
Housing Blockworker and Organizer, Chelsea Action Center, New York, NY, 1975-77
University Service:
Co-Editor and Publisher, Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping (www.rnoph.org)
Member, School of Social Work Curriculum Committee
Member, School of Social Work Field Education Task Force
Faculty Advisor, NASW Student Club (2011-2016)
Lead instructor for SWK 303, 502, 510 (SWK 200, 201, 300 from 2010-2016)
Member, 2011-2017, Annual Conference Committee, Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare (www.naswoh.org/cccosw)
Professional Service:
Current Professional Service (for previous service, please see vita):

May 2012 to Fall 2017 (V23#2): Editor, Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping (www.rnoph.org), a peer-reviewed journal published in print 1995-2012 and online since 2012 by the the Cleveland State University School of Social Work.  So far, seven issues have been published at CSU, supported by the recruitment of over fifty peer reviewers and a full editorial team of associate editors and section editors from dozens of universities in the United States and overseas.

Fall 2017-Present: Co-Editor and Publisher of Reflections.

Fall 2011 to Present: Member, Legislative Committee/Advocacy Committee, National Association of Social Workers, Ohio Chapter

Fall 2009 to Present: Member, Regional Leadership Team, National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter
Community Service:
May 2012 to 2016: Member, Board of Directors, Senior Transportation Connection
March 2011 - July 2015, Coordinator or Co-Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare; July 2015-2017, Annual Conference Committee Member. See www.naswoh.org/cccosw

Pro bono as needed consultant to Jan Ridgeway, Executive Director, Garden Valley Neighborhood House (in which capacity I initiated a 2014-2015 field placement which continued as a field unit in 2015-2017).
Research Grants:
Although I have not received any formal research grants yet, over the course of 2011-2015, I recruited sponsors and co-sponsors for the Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare which have brought in over $10,000 annually to the conference.  Along with the hundreds of annual attendees, income to CSU in the form of conference services, parking, and food services has been approximately $12,000-15,000 annually.

In addition, in my role as Editor of Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping (www.rnoph.org), I have raised cumulatively over $10,000 in donations from individual and institutional Friends of Reflections and publishing partners.