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Mark Chupp, PhD

Assistant Professor


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
216-368-5157
mark.chupp@case.edu

About

Mark G. Chupp is Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University. 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 developmentThe transformation of inter-group conflict, especially across identity groupsCitizen participation in democratic decision-making and public deliberationAppreciative Inquiry in nonprofit organizations and communities

Affiliations and Activities

Urban Affairs AssociationAssociation for Conflict Resolution
NASWNational Peace Academy

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.

To see all course descriptions at SPI, visit
emu.edu/cjp/spi/courses/
. To apply or register, visit emu.edu/cjp/spi/apply/.

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.

To learn more about SPI, visit emu.edu/spi

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


Mark Chupp Leads Public Dialogue on Urban Revitalization Through Social Justice

Jul 29 2015

Mark Chupp leading IIPEpeaceEdOn July 29, Dr. Mark Chupp led a “World Cafe” public dialogue for community organizers about urban revitalization through social and ecological justice as part of the International Institute on Peace Education on July 27 – August 2.  Dr. Chupp chairs our Community Practice for Social Change MSSA concentration, directs the Mandel School’s Study Abroad program, leads the East Cleveland Partnership, and is a founding trustee of the National Peace Academy. He is joined at the week-long peace education institute at the University of Toledo by MSSA/MNO student Nina Holzer.


Mark Chupp is Panelist on Civic Forum Addressing Social and Human Capital

Oct 2 2014

mark_chupp_1378_webProfessor Mark Chupp is one of several distinguished experts on a panel for a civic forum, “The Three Forms of Capital: Why Human and Social Capital are the Building Blocks for Healthy, Stable Societies.” It is an event focused on building community development that is co-hosted by the Mandel School’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and the Cleveland Institute of Art on Thursday, October 9, at 3:30pm to 5:00pm (followed by a reception). RSVP to Barbara Chira at bchira@cia.edu.

The civic forum’s keynote speaker is Stephan G. Vetter, President and CEO, Partners of the Americas, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. With over 35 years of experience in international and domestic development, Vetter offers a rich background in international voluntary service, grassroots community leadership and developing public-private partnerships to reduce poverty and improve the economic and social development of disadvantaged populations. He is leading the Partners of the Americas partnership with the Department of State and NAFSA to implement President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative.

Dr. Chupp will be joining Mr. Vetter on WCPN 90.3FM’s Sound of Ideas radio show on NPR on Wednesday, October 8, at 9:00am to discuss poverty from both a global and local perspective, how ordinary people can become powerful agents of social change, and the role of the artists, social workers, and others to build communities and dare to imagine a better world.

The other panelists for the civic forum include Bobbi Reichtell, Executive Director of Campus District, Inc.; Tom Schorgl, President and CEO, Community Partnership for Arts & Culture; and Sai Sinbondit, Designer, Researcher, and Adjunct Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.


Study by Chupp and Joseph examines CWRU perceptions of East Cleveland

Aug 15 2014

Mark Chupp

While the community of East Cleveland frequently makes headlines in the local news, coverage of promising revitalization efforts that seek to build on the city’s proximity and partnerships with Case Western Reserve University and University Circle has been limited.

A study conducted last summer by Mandel School professors Mark Joseph (right) and Mark Chupp (left), with support from the provost’s office, sought to establish a baseline of these relations to help inform partnership efforts and generate data to track progress over time.

Mark Joseph

The study of the perceptions and engagement of the Case Western Reserve faculty, students and staff follows a prior survey conducted on the perceptions and connections of East Cleveland residents. The analysis is part of the East Cleveland Partnership, a long-term effort in which the school of social work works to support the revitalization of East Cleveland and facilitates university-community collaboration.

This past year, Chupp and his social work students conducted property assessments in East Cleveland as part of a “Target Area Planning” process conducted with the City of East Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. The forthcoming plan identifies a strategy for redeveloping vacant land that capitalizes on the neighborhood’s proximity to University Circle.

The survey’s results

The survey, which received more than 2,000 responses, found that members of the campus community were quite split in how much they know about East Cleveland. Some respondents reported that they have some or considerable knowledge (42 percent), while others reported very little or no familiarity with the city (41 percent).

Perceptions of East Cleveland were also split: While almost half of respondents said they did not know enough to give an opinion on their perceptions of the suburb, those who did have a perspective were divided nearly evenly among positive, neutral and negative perceptions. While a quarter of the respondents said they have never been to East Cleveland, another roughly 25 percent report having visited in the last month, and 52 percent have visited within the last six months. The most positive perceptions related to a sense of community improvements occurring, while the most negative perceptions concerned safety.

There was low awareness about the assets of the community, with only 15 percent of respondents agreeing that East Cleveland has a number of assets that would appeal to community outsiders. Other survey respondents were more familiar with community amenities, and described their experiences with Christmas lighting at General Electric’s Nela Park, the Coit Road Farmer’s Market, the East Cleveland Theater and such community amenities as the rapid transit line, churches, the library and new apartments at Circle East.

“I have often walked and biked in Forest Hill Park, enjoying its beauty and the venerable trees,” stated one survey respondent.

The study found that those who had more experience with East Cleveland had more positive perceptions than those less familiar. In fact, respondents with direct engagement and connections in East Cleveland were three times as likely to feel welcome there and feel that they benefit personally from the university being close to the suburb.

Overall, there was a sense the university is quite disconnected from East Cleveland, especially relative to other surrounding neighborhoods. There was also a sense that the relationship between the university and East Cleveland isn’t mutually beneficial. Despite this perception, there were also many points of connection between the university and East Cleveland communities. A quarter of the respondents had some level of engagement in East Cleveland in the past year, such as visiting parks and public spaces, and dining at a restaurant.

Others described long-standing personal and family connections to the community: “I was born in East Cleveland; my mother worked at Huron Road Hospital in the 1970s. My grandparents lived in East Cleveland until the 1960s. My father-in-law worked at Nela Park,” one responded.

In general, the CWRU community actively engaged in the broader community, with 41 percent of respondents involved in some way (volunteer work, service or research) in the Cleveland area in the past year. About 16 percent also had some level of civic engagement specifically with East Cleveland in the past year. Survey respondents outlined a vast array of engagement activities in East Cleveland and surrounding Cleveland communities, ranging from CWRU sponsored activities like volunteer activities and research activities, to civic engagement activities with East Cleveland based organizations like town hall meetings and community planning efforts.

Conclusions

Chupp and Joseph conclude that, while a general lack of awareness and negative perceptions of East Cleveland exist, there is also a substantial proportion of CWRU faculty, staff and students with deep, meaningful and productive connections with the community.

“East Cleveland and Case Western benefit from a strong urban university that is productively connected to its surrounding neighborhoods, making it important to support and build on these positive existing relationships and efforts,” they said.

The Target Area Planning process received support from Third Federal Savings and Loan and the Third Federal Foundation. This plan is part of a longer redevelopment process underway in East Cleveland. Another round of perception surveys is planned to measure how attitudes about—and involvement in—East Cleveland have changed over time.

The full report, the previous report on the survey of East Cleveland residents and further information on the partnership between East Cleveland and the Mandel School is available at http://socialwork.case.edu/admissions/cleveland/east-cleveland-partnership/.