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Assistant Professor of Social Work
205 Bellerive Hall (South Campus)
Office Hours: By appointment.
Education: PhD, Case Western Reserve University (2016)
MSSA, Case Western Reserve University (2012)
BA, Ohio State (2010)
Courses Taught: SW4300: Social Work Practice with Communities
Research Interests: Collective action, community building, asset-based community development, community engagement, and generative dialogue
Michael Gearhart received his PhD in 2017 from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. His dissertation developed mutual efficacy. Mutual efficacy is defined as “Group members’ beliefs that collective action can be successful at achieving group goals.” His current research will further refine mutual efficacy, assess its relationship with collective action in communities, and develop strategies aimed at facilitating collective action in communities.
While pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Gearhart worked as a research assistant at the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, the Community Innovation Network, and the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education. He also has five years of practice experience working as a research associate for Leverage Point Development.