Students, faculty, family, and friends gather annually for the hooding of new MSW graduates and the cording of new BSW graduates.
Dr. George Grant, Jr. assumed the position of the Dean of College of Community and Public Service on July 1, 2008. He has served Grand Valley State University since 1996 in various roles including Professor of Social Work, Director of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program, Director of the Masters of Social Work (MSW) Program, and Director of the School of Social Work. Dr. Grant received his BSW degree from Marygrove College, his MSW from Grand Valley State University, and his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.
He has presented at conferences on foster care, adoption, family preservation, and on topics ranging from culture and diversity, family violence and child welfare services. Dr. Grant's record of scholarship includes several books, articles, and evaluation reports.
With a strong commitment to community service, Dr. Grant has participated in a number of initiatives including chairing the Department of Human Service Over-representation of Children of Color in Child Welfare Committee, cultural competency research, and training for the county mental health and contract agencies. He served on the Grand Rapids Police Chiefs Transitional Research Group, the Kellogg's Foundation Families for Kids Project, Kent County Drug Court, the Calvin College Social Work Advisory Committee, and served on the boards of the Adoptive Family Support Network, Christian Counseling Center, Recuperation Center, Bethany Christian Services, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, and The Greater Rapids Urban League.
Dr. Grant has received several awards including the Family Preservationist of the Year, Negro Business and Professional Women, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service, the Presidential Service Learning Scholar, and the Distinguish Alumni for the School of Social Work at Marygrove College.
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Dr. Paul Stansbie is an Associate Dean of the College of Community and Public Service. Since joining Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in the summer of 2003, Dr. Stansbie has been a faculty member and chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM). He had previously spent 9 years working as a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management and International Tourism at University College Birmingham (An Accredited College of the University of Birmingham), England.
Dr. Stansbie has over 20 years of higher education teaching and leadership experience working within Hospitality and Tourism education programs at graduate and undergraduate levels in England, Hong Kong, the USA, and the Maldives. Prior to his academic career, he spent a number of years working for Marriott Hotels and Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) in both the US and UK holding a variety of managerial positions in hotels and the food and beverage areas. He currently serves on the Board of Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (MLTA) and The International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE) and is an author and guest reviewer for a number of prominent HTM journals.
In 2013, he was selected as one of 16 emerging leaders from GVSU’s 864 faculty and staff to undertake an intensive leadership development program. He holds an MBA from the University of Nottingham, England and a Ph.D. in Tourism Business Management from the University of Plymouth, England.
Dr. Mark C. Hoffman is an Associate Dean of the College of Community and Public Service. He is also an Associate Professor with the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration (SPNHA). He was the director of SPNHA from 2007 to 2014. He has taught graduate classes, including Change Management, Foundations of Public Service, and GIS in Public Service, and undergraduate classes, including Public Policy, Public Sector Information Technology, and Community Analysis.
Dr. Hoffman is special issue co-editor of the October 2014 Social Science Computer Review, featuring research on social media use in public, nonprofit, education, and healthcare organizations. He has also published in Administrative Theory & Praxis, Government Information Quarterly, Public Voices, and Public Administration Review. He received the 2002 William and Fredrick Mosher Award for best article by an academician appearing in Public Administration Review. With Jeremy Pyne, he co-authored an article in Sustaining Michigan: Metropolitan Policies and Strategies and two volumes of the Ethnic Atlas of West Michigan.
During his 2011-2012 sabbatical, Dr. Hoffman taught at Yeungnam University in South Korea and the Cracow University of Economics and Kielce University of Technology in Poland.
Dr. Hoffman has served on Graduate Council (2014), chair of the University-Wide Teaching Excellence Awards Committee (2006), and Chair of the Division/College Curriculum Committee (2001-02, 2004-05). He served on the editorial board of the Public Administration Review (2005-07) and the conference planning committee for the URISA Public Participation GIS Conference (2003-05).
Dr. Hoffman has received a 2014 Service Award from the College of Community and Public Service, a 2011 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the GVSU Graduate and Professional Student Association, and a 1999 Cleveland State Student Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Prior to joining the faculty at GVSU in 1999, Dr. Hoffman was a research associate with the Urban Center at Cleveland State University (CSU). He received his Ph.D. from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at CSU. He has a Masters in Urban Studies from CSU and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Wooster.
Ruth Stegeman is Assistant Dean of the College of Community and Public Service and Director for Community Engagement. The Office of Community Engagement serves the entire university, as well as CCPS.
Ruth earned her Masters of Arts in English from Western Michigan University and her undergraduate teaching degree from Calvin College. She was in nonprofit management at Disability Network/ Lakeshore for 18 years. She served on the faculty at at Calvin College for 6 years.
Ruth has a passion for enhancing performance through skilled conversations and innovation by exploring business models, mental models, and models of change. Her interests include gardening, writing, reading, running, walking, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Her volunteer and civic activities include associations with Good Samaritan Ministries, West Michigan Fair Housing Center, Second Reformed Church, Inforum, Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, and League of Women Voters.
Katie Humphrey is the administrative assistant for the College of Community and Public Service (CCPS) Deans Office. She joined Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2003 as the secretary for Alumni Relations, and later served as an executive secretary for GVSUs Office of the President from 2005 until joining the CCPS Deans Office in March 2012.
An alumna of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, Katie received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from GVSU in 2003. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Higher Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, reading, and tracing her genealogy.
Teresa Lynn Rademacher joined the College of Community and Public Service Dean's Office staff in October of 2008. As of 2001, she brings with her several years of experience to the Grand Valley State University DeVos Center Pew campus. She holds an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and a Bachelor's Degree in General Education summa cum laude, from Aquinas College. She has also earned 39 credits at Grand Valley State University, with 24 of them in business management courses. Outside of her position here at GVSU, she is a 1st Dan Black Belt in Chung Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do, is trained in professional ballroom dancing, and is a member of the West Michigan Kayaking Club. She enjoys dancing, boating, golfing, weight lifting, and group fitness activities. She also enjoys spending as much time as possible with her friends, family, and her son, Douglas, who is away from home working at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, as a Doctor of Medical Physics.
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