Michael J. Austin

Job title: 
Emeritus Professor and Professor of the Graduate School

Mack Professor Emeritus and Professor of the Graduate School MICHAEL J. AUSTIN is the founding the director of the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services, former editor of Human Service Organizations, and former Staff Director of the Bay Area Social Services Consortium. He is also the former dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Florida State University and the University of Washington, where he chaired the macro practice specializations.

Over his 50-year career in academe, he has been a leading contributor to the field of practice research and human services management. In addition to consulting with human service organizations nationally and internationally, Dr. Austin is the author and co-author of 23 books as well as 160 articles and 40 chapters and technical reports.

Research / Expertise

  • Practice Research
  • Social Service Management
  • Organizational Development

Awards / Honors

Chauncey Alexander Lifetime Achievement Award, Network of Social Work Management, June 2016

Fellow, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, January 2016

Lifetime Career Achievement Award, Association of Community Organization and Administration, Council on Social Work Education, New York, February 2005

Slavin-Patti Award for Best Article, 2010: (with Benton, A.). Managing Nonprofit Mergers: The Challenges Facing Human Service Organizations. Administration in Social Work. 34 (4), 2010

Expanded Publications