Mark Chupp, PhD

Assistant Professor
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Concentration in Community Practice for Social Change
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Network Director
Community Innovation Network
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

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. 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.

Curriculum Vitae
Google Scholar

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.

Research Information

Research 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 

Recent Funding

Recent Grants

Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
Director of Community Collaboration  
(Principal Investigator – Elaine Borawski, School of Medicine, CWRU)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
$4,951,415  (MSASS Funding:  $33,000)

Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative – Research Fellows Training Program
Director of Community and Faculty Outreach (Principal Investigator: Elaine Borawski, School of
Medicine, CWRU)
NIH‐National Center for Research Resources
$468,735 (MSASS Funding:  $8,000)

NPI Organizational Assessment
Co‐Principal Investigator (Co‐Principal Investigators: Mark Joseph and Robert Fischer)
Neighborhood Progress Inc.


Recent Publications

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.


Recent Presentations

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.


Doctor of Philosophy
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Social Work
The University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts
Goshen College

Additional Information


  • Community Practice for Social Change (Chair)
  • Masters of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Undergraduate Minor in Social Work (Chair)

Affiliations and Activities

In the News

Students Tap in to Cleveland’s Past to Understand its Present
by Mandel School on October 22, 2018

Asset Based Community Development Training from the Community Innovation Network
by Mandel School Calendar on October 26, 2017

Ecuador and India Brown Bag Info Sessions – August 29 & 30
by Mandel School on August 24, 2017

Cleveland Effective Neighboring Project
by Mandel School on June 28, 2017