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
 Web: http://works.bepress.com/michael-dover/
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1425, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
theory of social work practice, oppression, dehumanization, exploitation, human injustice, 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, 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. He worked for over 10 years as an advanced generalist practitioner in the field of employee assistance programs, and directed union-based member assistance programs in New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia.

He did engagement, assessment, advocacy, short-term counseling, and long-term case management with over 1000 clients, as well as engaging in program development, supervision, policy advocacy, and community organization. He directed the Medical/Psychiatric Social Work Program, a managed mental health care program which covered 75,000 members of SEIU Local 32B-J in New York. He also directed and successfully sought state licensure for an AFL-CIO substance abuse program. For five years, he directed an alcoholism and retiree program at the National Maritime Union in New Orleans. Formerly a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Louisiana, he is a licensed clinical and macro social worker in Michigan (LMSW-Clinical and Macro) and an LISW in Ohio.

Also trained in sociology at Michigan (MA in Sociology; Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology), he is an active social theorist. His needs-based partial theory of human injustice was published in 2019 in Humanity & Society. It contends that oppression, dehumanization, and exploitation can produce systematic inequality in access to satisfiers of human needs, producing wrongfully unmet needs and serious harm. The theory presents a conceptual continuum from human injustice to basic human need satisfaction to human liberation (which requires institutionalization of universal human rights).

His theory of social work practice (under development) uses five theoretical perspectives: ecological systems theory, theory of human need, theory of human injustice, empowerment theory, and role theory.

In 2016, he published, "The moment of microaggression: The experience of acts of oppression, dehumanization, and exploitation," in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Peer-reviewed as making a major contribution to the empirical and theoretical literature on racial microaggressions, the article explains the emotions associated with the experience of microaggression and their roots in human injustice.

In 2009, he published "Rapport, Empathy and Oppression: Cross-Cultural Vignettes," and in 2010, "Social Working for Social Justice," in Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping.

He co-founded the Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare in 2011, and spearheaded CSU as the new home for a beloved interdisciplinary journal: Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, which he edited from 2012-2017 and now serves as publisher.

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 nee, as well as a 15,000 word annotated bibliography on human needs in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work. These two articles updated his first-authored 2008 entry on the same topic, and his 2010 bibliography. These were the first social work entries to address this topic. He is currently updating both entries.

His historical sociological dissertation in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Michigan (2003) was based on four years of research in Toledo and at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus: "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, for "American Commons: The Property Tax Exemption in Urban History."

Since 2007 he has served on the full-time faculty at CSU. He earned his BSW in an evening program at Adelphi University's ANSWER program, while in a Community Action Program in NYC. He is dedicated to ensuring social work education opportunities for human service workers.

He is an Ohio native, born in Alliance and partially raised in Maple Heigh
Honors and Awards:
2016 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, 2016 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 from my 14' aluminum boat, named Lazy Bones. I try to find time to occasionally find creative new ways to lose 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 am the author of Pooh and Party Look for Haycorns and Discover Christmas, available upon request, and in 2017 gave a public reading of it at the Cedar Lee Theater showing of Goodbye Christoper Robin.
Research Interests:
My longstanding and ongoing project is to publish journal articles and a book concerning my original partial theory of human injustice 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.  My theory of human injustice, under review for publication, brings together these three forms of theory.  The theory contends that oppression, dehumanization and exploitation create systematic inequality in the opportunities people and communities have to address our human needs in a way that is consistent with our human rights and our culturally valued way of life, leading to wrongfully unmet needs and serious harm.

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. I am current invited to prepare a prospectus for a book in aging and human injustice.

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:
Publisher (2017-Present), Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping (www.rnoph.org); Editor 2012-2017, Co-Editor 2017-2018
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:
June 2018-Present: Member, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Action Team, First Year Cleveland

Fall 2016-Present: Resumed activity of www.wimby.org, Welcome in My Back Yard, a proven approach to responding to bias incidents on campus and in the community. Am actively seeking a permanent institutional home for this campaign.

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

2014-Present: 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 annually 2015-2018).
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.