Mark Chupp, PhD

Assistant Professor
Chair, Concentration in Community Practice for Social Change
Director, International Education Program

PhD Case Western Reserve University

MSW The University of Michigan

BA Goshen College

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164Room 203


Mark G. Chupp is Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University and serves as Chair of the Concentration in Community Practice for Social Change, and Director of the International Education Program at the Mandel School. He teaches community development and directs the East Cleveland Partnership, a multi-institutional initiative to support the revitalization of East Cleveland.

Dr. Chupp is an international consultant and trainer and has worked in Northern Ireland, Egypt, Columbia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador. Examples of his work include accompanying Peace and Reconciliation Commissions during the civil war in Nicaragua, training in citizen participation for public officials from Croatia on behalf of USAID. He provided leadership in the establishment of the Culture of Peace Program as part of an effort to create a UN Local Zone of Peace in post-war El Salvador. He has published numerous theory and practice oriented articles, manuals and book chapters. Mark is a founding trustee of the National Peace Academy and adjunct faculty at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute of Eastern Mennonite University.
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Scholarly Interests

  • Community building and social capital in community development
  • The transformation of inter-group conflict, especially across identity groups
  • Citizen participation in democratic decision-making and public deliberation
  • Appreciative Inquiry in nonprofit organizations and communities

Affiliations and Activities

Why I Chose This Profession

I have been on a vision quest throughout my career, seeking to build community across identity groups. I spent years as a practitioner in community building, community organizing and conflict transformation. Social work provided the strongest theoretical and practice foundation for this work. I pursued this quest for community-led social change in both my social work practice and studies. Having initiated several change movements and nonprofit organizations, I realized the capacity to affect change was much greater through training, teaching, applied research, and writing.

Chupp, M. G., & Joseph, M. L. (2010). Getting the most out of service learning: Maximizing student, university, and community impact. Journal of Community Practice, 18, 190–212.

Chupp, M. G. (2009). Task groups as agents of community change. In A. Gitterman & R. Salmon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social work with groups (pp. 269–272). New York, NY: Routledge.

Chupp, M.G. (November, 2012). Circles for building community across class. Presentation at the Taos Institute Conference: Relational Practices in Peacebuilding, Mediation and Conflict Transformation: From the Intimate to the International, San Diego, CA.

Chupp, M. G., & McGowan, J.  (October, 2012). Local justice: Promoting sustainability and economic development among urban neighborhoods. Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Chupp, M. G., Price, D., & Cole, J. (October, 2012). Network centric community engagement. Ohio Community Development Association Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH.

Fischer, R. L., Joseph, M. J., & Chupp, M. C. (October, 2012). Evaluation and learning in community change: Insights from a mixed-methods study of a mixed-income community in Akron.  The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Research & Training Methods Colloquium, Cleveland, OH.

Three-day Foundations Course
May 31, June 1 and 2, 2007

Appreciative Inquiry (AI): Transforming Relationships, Organizations, and Communities seeks to provide experienced nonprofit leaders, community development professionals, and social change agents with a multi-faceted learning experience in the newly emerging field of positive change. In the field of community development, AI has become a powerful tool for bringing diverse people together to build community and a shared vision.

Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them, linking a group’s “positive core” with a change agenda to suddenly and democratically create changes never thought possible. AI is a methodology that invites all stakeholders to actively participating through a five-phased process of Define, Discovery, Dream, Design, and Delivery. Known as the 5-D Cycle, this process provides a practical way for people to connect to the capacities, strengths, and lived experience within their community or organization, create a shared vision of the future, and mobilize creative action toward its realization.

This training is designed for social workers, facilitators, staff and leaders from nonprofit or public agencies, and managers/supervisors. This is a continuous workshop and participants must attend all three days.

Presenter: Mark G. Chupp, Ph.D., MSW.
Visiting Assistant Professor, MSASS, Case Western Reserve University
Location: Dively Executive Education Building
Case Western Reserve University, 11240 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH
Fee: $350 (student rate available for Case students)

Mark Chupp, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University, is Research Associate with the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change. A Cleveland Heights native, Mark offers trainings around the country that focus on a strengths-based approach to peacebuilding, community development and conflict resolution. Mark is also an adjunct faculty at American University’s Summer Peacebuilding and Development Institute and Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

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One of 20 intensive courses offered this summer at the EMU Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Participants are experienced practitioners from over 40 countries. Masters level credit is available. Sign up soon as space is limited.

Civic Engagement and Public Decision Making

June 11-19, 2007                    Harrisonburg, VA

Mark Chupp, Ph.D., MSW

Recognizing that common citizens and minority groups are often excluded or ignored in current political processes, this course will explore recent strategies for mobilizing and strengthening the voice of citizens in public decision making. Participants will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the theory and practice of the emerging field of deliberative democracy. Through recent case examples, the course will provide an overview of models and strategies that strengthen the democratic process, such as town meetings, web-based surveys, and visioning exercises. Particular attention will be given to the role of civil society in promoting engagement between the general public and government decision-makers. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with and critique various dialogue strategies, including several models for improving race relations in the US . An in-depth case study will examine a comprehensive two-year strategy to create a shared vision and action agenda in a region with fragmented government and economic recession. Participants will learn models, specific strategies, and skill sets needed for effective civic engagement.

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The 12th annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute, a program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will be held from May 7 to June 19, 2007. Four 7-day sessions, each with five intensive courses running concurrently, will be offered for academic credit or as professional training for practitioners at various experience and skill levels. An interactive approach is used in the classroom to draw upon the rich experiences of the participants as well as the instructors.

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) is a place to share with others your experiences of hope and to discover the interconnections between hope, conflict transformation, equitable development, protection of human rights, sustainable management of the environment, and global security. SPI provides a safe and creative space for exploring the possibilities for personal , communal and global peace as participants, faculty, staff and invited guests discover common interests through classroom interaction, luncheon presentations, weekend seminars, special interest groups and community celebrations.

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Mark G. Chupp is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University, where he teaches community development. His work over the past 20 years has focused on community building and inter-group conflict transformation. Mark is an international consultant and trainer in civic engagement, conflict transformation, and appreciative inquiry. He has worked in Northern Ireland, Egypt, Columbia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador as well as many urban neighborhoods in the US.

In the News

School Completes Assessment of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress; Open Sessions Scheduled

Feb 29 2016

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress has released their 2015
Organizational Assessment Report, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress: External Role, Relationships, and Impact, which was recently completed by a Mandel School team led by Associate Professor Mark Joseph, PhD and Assistant Professor Mark Chupp, PhD.

“This assessment comes at an important time for us, two years after a successful merger and as we gear up for our 2016-2017 Strategic Plan, which is an ideal time to engage our partners, supporters and stakeholders,” explains Joel Ratner, President and CEO of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

“The leadership by Dr. Joseph and Dr. Chupp on this important analysis has clearly given Cleveland Neighborhood Progress exceptional material to prepare them for the next stage of their development,” said Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore.

For the report, the team — which also included project coordinator Emily Miller, MSSA, at the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities at the Mandel School; Taryn Gress, MSSA; Elizabeth Anthony, PhD; and Michael Gearhart, MSSA —  examined the current effectiveness and future role of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress from the perspective of various community development stakeholders in Greater Cleveland. This report is a synthesis of feedback collected through interviews, focus groups, and an online survey from approximately 300 individuals who represent funders, board members, community development corporation leadership and staff, and other partners. This assessment is intended to initiate a renewed phase of dialogue, strategizing and action to enhance our organization’s effectiveness and impact. It was sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the Jack, Joseph and Morton L. Mandel Foundation.

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is holding three open sessions to discuss the results and conclusions of the report. Stakeholders are invited to attend any one of the following sessions:

• Tuesday, March 1st  – 4:00 p.m. at Mitchell’s Ice Cream [map] (snacks provided)

• Tuesday, March 8th – 12:00 p.m. at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress [map] (light lunch provided)

 Friday, March 11th – 8:30 a.m. at Trinity Commons [map] (light breakfast provided)

Mark Chupp Discusses Foreclosed Severance Town Center: Freshwater Cleveland

Dec 1 2015

Chupp-FreshwaterSeverance Town Center in Cleveland Heights went into foreclosure this past June. Dr. Mark Chupp, a faculty associate of the Poverty Center, participated in a public forum about the troubled retail property as reported by Freshwater Cleveland in “Cleveland Heights residents voice their ideas for a city landmark” on November 19, 2015.

“There were some people interested in the mall when it was in its heyday,” said Chupp who presented during the forum as a board member of Future Heights.  He explained that Severance, as the first mall in Ohio, was an attraction in the 1960s. However, as the purpose of the space changed, the Center no longer reflected the culture or landscape of Cleveland Heights.

“But now a much bigger concern is the changing nature of real estate, the changing nature of demographics and migration within the region, and what it means for Cleveland Heights to have a major piece of land going in free fall. I think people are concerned about what will happen in our community.”

Dr. Chupp believes the open forum was not to begin a planning process on what to do with the beleaguered property. “It was to say we know this is a problem, there are going to be changes and we need to pay attention to it and to begin a dialogue between concerned residents and city leaders.”

When Art Meets Social Justice: Centennial Salon on November 11

Oct 23 2015

charles-atlasAlumni and friends are invited to a Centennial Salon Series event, “When Art Meets Social Justice,” on Wednesday, November 11, at 5:00 p.m. at the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) at 60 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio.

On the eve of the NASW Ohio Annual Conference, attendees can enjoy:

  • An evening of networking
  • Touring the art exhibit “Charles Atlas: The Waning of Justice” (excerpt pictured) with Michael Goodson, Director of Exhibitions at CCAD
  • An art discussion led by Carmen Winant, Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at CCAD
  • A social justice discussion led by Assistant Professor Mark Chupp, chair of the Community Practice for Social Change MSSA concentration at the Mandel School
  • Heavy appetizers and open bar

The salon hosts are Cynthia Webb, MSSA 1995, and Ebony Speakes, MSSA 2011. To attend, please RSVP to Marianne Lax by November 9 at or call her at 216.368.1832.