Mark Chupp | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University
Mark Chupp

Mark Chupp, PhD

Mark G. Chupp, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University, where he chairs the concentration in Community Practice for Social Change in the masters of social work program. He is also the founding director of the Community Innovation Network, a resource for communities and practitioners seeking strength-based approaches to community change. His work over the past 25 years has focused on appreciative inquiry, community building, community development and inter-group conflict transformation.

Mark is a leader in strength-based approaches to change. Mark has worked over two decades to develop into a nationally-recognized trainer and consultant in a family of strength-based approaches to change: Appreciative Inquiry, Asset Based Community Development and Community Network Organizing. He initiated, in collaboration with Ohio State University, the Appreciative Inquiry Program in Community and Social Change, which was one of the first systematic efforts to adopt Appreciative Inquiry for nonprofit, public and community contexts. Mark designed and implemented an 18-month Appreciative Inquiry process promoting comfortable race relations in a traditional Polish and Slavic American neighborhood experiencing a large increase in African American residents. Rather than focus on the dominant narrative of racial tensions, the process uncovered everyday examples of trusting relationships across race that could be harnessed to build a new vision for the neighborhood.

Mark has used this appreciative approach to conflict in public and corporate settings as well. He directed a qualitative analysis of 3,500 appreciative citizen interviews in the civic engagement initiative for 17 counties in Northeast Ohio, called Voices & Choices. In 2012, he co-designed Core Change with David Cooperrider, an Appreciative Inquiry process for transforming Cincinnati’s urban core neighborhoods. Mark also co-lead with Leslie Yerkes a process for transforming the culture of Great Lakes Brewing Company with its 300 employees and suppliers.

Mark worked and lived in Costa Rica and Nicaragua and is an international consultant and trainer. He has provided Appreciative Inquiry training in Spanish to practitioners from across Central America for the Mesoamerica Culture and Theology of Peace Project.

Mark holds a Ph.D. in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Mark is a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute, located at DePaul University. He has published numerous theory and practice oriented articles, manuals and book chapters.