John Tropman, PhD, MA

Adjunct Professor

John Tropman is an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Social Work program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Prior to joining the school, he was the Henry J. Meyer Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Michigan. His focus has been on macro practice and on management issues and competencies for nonprofit and community organizations. He is vice president of the Network of Social Work Managers and a member of the Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. In addition, he has had Fulbright grants to Japan and Australia.

Tropman is president of High Quality Decisions, through which he and others consult and put on programs for a wide range of governmental and nonprofit organizations, including the Air Force, DuPont, various United Way organizations and the Society for Social Work Research. He was also founder and for the past 15 years a faculty director of the Executive Leadership Institute, a combination effort of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the Schools of Social Work and Business at the University of Michigan. He has written and edited, alone and with others, numerous books and articles. His most recent book, Team Impact: Achieving Twice as Much in Half the Time, was published in April 2017. He also published two recent papers in the journal Reflections, one (with Emily Nicklett) on Talcott Parsons and the other on Wilbur Cohen.

At the University of Michigan, Tropman has been Interim Dean of the School of Social Work, Associate Dean, Special Counsel to the Dean, and Head of the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science. He has also chaired advisory committees to the Executive Officers at the University of Michigan, including President Emeritus James J. Duderstadt, and has been twice chair of the Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty.

PhD, University of Michigan
MA, University of Chicago
BA, Oberlin College