Dean's Office Staff
GEORGE GRANT, JR., DEAN
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.
PAUL STANSBIE, ASSOCIATE DEAN
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 nine 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.
MARK HOFFMAN, ASSOCIATE DEAN
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.
SANDRA JENNINGS, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Sandra joined the GVSU family in 1994 and is coming to the Dean’s Office after having served as Administrative Assistant in GVSU Athletics for 21 years, and as a Secretary in the Seidman School of Business Dean’s Office. Prior to joining the Laker family, Sandra worked as Executive Assistant to the President of the Grand Rapids Urban League.
In her spare time, Sandra enjoys the study of medicinal essential oils, amateur photography, and spending time with family which include three grandsons and two granddaughters.
RITA COOPER, OFFICE ASSISTANT
Rita began working for GVSU as the secretary for Alumni Relations in 1987. Over her years at GVSU, she has served as secretary for the Chemistry Department and Regional Math and Science Center. More recently as the Academic Department Coordinator for the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department before assuming her current position as the College of Community and Public Office Assistant.
Rita enjoys spending time golfing, snowmobiling, and being with family and friends.