Michael Forster, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Health

My research and grant work has ranged over a number of social work topics - including child welfare, juvenile delinquency/mental health, aging, and the management of social service organizations.

(Since 2008):


Forster, M. & Rehner, T. (2011). The white male southern democrat: Endangered species or already extinct? Journal of Race, Gender, and Class, 18, #3-4, pp. 230-237.

Forster, M. (2010). Citizen review panels: Little-known leverage for system improvement. In G. Prater & M. Azevedo, eds. Mississippi Child Wefare Institute 2010 Conference Proceedings, pp. 59-62. Jackson, Mississippi: Jackson State University.

Forster, M. & Rehner, T. (2010). Race, gender and class at the grassroots: Lessons from 14 years’ work with low income African American youth. Race, Gender & Class, 17(3/4), 103-110.

Forster, M. & Rehner, T. (2010). Family Network Partnership: A model for social justice education. In J. Birkenmaier et al, Educating for social justice: Transformative experiential learning. Chicago: Lyceum Books. Pp. 228-248.

Lee, J., Rehner, T., & Forster, M. (2010). Intentions to remain employed in child welfare: Testing a conceptual model. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 4(2), pp. 174-197.

Forster, M. & Rehner, T. (2010). Building age-friendly communities: Experience of a small city. (published abstract). Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Portland, Oregon, October 14-17, 2010.

Forster, M. & Rehner, T. (2009). Mental health through empowerment of at-risk minority youth. Promoting Mental Health: Prospects and Possibilities for Reaching Underserved Communities – 2007 Conference Proceedings of the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy, Research and Training. Jackson State Univeristy, pp 286-303.

Hrostowski, S. & Forster M. (2009). Developing a center for aging studies: A university responds to workforce demands (published abstract). Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. San Antonio, TX, November 6-9, 2009.

Smyth, N. & Forster M. (2009). Expanding the conversation on trauma and disaster in social work education (published abstract). Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. San Antonio, TX, November 6-9, 2009.

Forster, M. (2009). Review of John Poertner and Charles A. Rapp, (2007). Textbook of social administration: The consumer-centered approach. New York: The Haworth Press. Administration in Social Work (33)3, pp. 343-344.

Forster M. & Rehner, T. (2008). Social work leadership in university-community collaboration: A replicable model (8 pp. published abstract). Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Philadelphia, PA, October 30 – November 2, 2008.

Forster M. & Rehner, T. (2008). Educating social workers for social justice practice: A field education model. International Journal of Learning, 15 (10), pp. 39-44.

Forster M. & Rehner, T. (2008). Black boys becoming men: The way of work (published abstract). First Annual National Conference on Social Work with and for Men. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama School of Social Work.

Forster, M. (2008). Making it in the university marketplace: Strategies for smaller social work programs. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Alabama-Mississippi Social Work Education Conference. Hattiesburg, MS: University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work, pp. 1-4

Forster, M. & Rehner, T. (2008). Family Network Partnership: A model for social justice education. Manuscript accepted for the forthcoming text, Transactions to Transformation: Educating for Social Justice. 19pp. (Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research, St. Louis University; scheduled for publication in 2009)

Forster, M., ed. (2008). Proceedings of the 36th Annual Alabama-Mississippi Social Work Education Conference. Hattiesburg, MS: University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work.

Forster, M. (2008). Review of John Poertner and Charles Rapp, Social Administration: A Consumer-Centered Approach, in Administration in Social Work, (in press).