The Master of Community Development is taught by faculty from a variety of academic fields and by selected practitioners. The following list is not all-inclusive but reflects the program's interdisciplinary approach.
Co-Director and Professor Emerita of Religion and Ethics
Albrecht teaches business and economic ethics, feminist ethics and theology, and women's studies. Albrecht's publications and presentations deal with issues of community, economic justice, women's issues, and epistemology in ethics. She is doing research on economic paradigms as challenged by women's work. She has served as the director of the Women's Studies program. Albrecht holds a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland, a M.L.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University, a S.T.M. degree from St. Mary's Seminary (Baltimore), and a Ph.D. degree from Temple University. She joined the University in 1992.
Libby Balter Blume
Co-Director and Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Education
Blume teaches courses in human development, environmental psychology, visual communications, and community development for the School of Architecture. She is a native Detroiter. Libby has degrees in both art practice and arts education. She has extensive experience as an art educator, preschool teacher, child development center director, and consultant to Head Start programs and to schools for gifted children from elementary to high school. Libby's research focuses on feminist theory and the social construction of gender and ethnicity in transnational communities. She is currently editing a book based on the 2007 national conference she chaired in Detroit on "Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice for All Communities: Standing Up and Speaking Out." Libby is also the co-author of two textbooks on middle childhood and adolescence, book review editor for the Journal of Family Theory and Review, and founding editor of the Michigan Family Review.Blume holds a B.A. degree from the University of California at Davis, a M.A. degree from San Francisco State University, and Ph.D. degree from Texas Tech University. She joined the University in 1987.
Associate Professor, Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Education
Calley teaches counseling skills, group counseling modalities, case assessment and planning, multicultural counseling and the role of counseling in community organizations. She has extensive experience in clinical supervision, child welfare and juvenile justice and has developed intensive treatment programs for a wide range of populations, most recently including adolescent substance abusers, sex offenders and violent offenders. She received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. Calley joined the University in 2002.
Mary Ann Hazen
Associate Professor of Business Administration, College of Business Administration
Hazen teaches management development in the MBA program. She has published journal articles about organizational change and dialogue and has presented at international and national conferences. She is on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Organizational Change Management. In 1996, she received the President's Award for Faculty Excellence in the College of Business Administration. Hazen holds an A.B. from Ursuline College for Women, the M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, and the Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. She joined the University in 1989.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Science
Hoback teaches structural analysis and design of steel, reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete. Hoback's publications have dealt with structural optimization. He is currently doing research in the areas of prestressed concrete, pile foundations, optimization and computer aided design. Hoback holds a B.A. degree from Hastings College and B.S., M.S. and Sc.D. degrees from Washington University. He joined the University in 1994.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Education
Slowik teaches Industrial/Organizational Psychology in the Department of Psychology. She completed her doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Wayne State University in 2000. Her research interests include individual differences associated with safety including cognitions, behaviors and value assessments, the definition of and antecedents and consequences of empowerment, the study of office characteristics and their effects on performance and affective outcomes, as well as increasing understanding of time as a context factor in the work environment.
Dean of the School of Architecture and Professor of Architecture
Vogel is a licensed architect with extensive experience in urban design, adaptive reuse, historic rehabilitation and multi-family, mixed income housing communities. He is past president of the American Institute of Architects, Detroit Chapter and Michigan Chapter. He was inducted into the College of Fellows of the AIA in 1994 and received the AIA Detroit Gold Medal in 1996 and the AIA Michigan Gold Medal in 2004. Vogel holds the B.Arch and M.Arch degrees from the University of Detroit. He returned to the University as dean in 1993. He is co-founder of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and the International Center for Urban Ecology.
Associate Professor, School of Architecture
Wittig teaches design, design-build and sustainable building practices. He holds a M.Arch. from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.Arch. from the University of Kansas. He is also a founding partner of Crossings Architecture, Inc. located in Ferndale, Michigan. In both practice and academic pursuits, his work attempts to bridge the distinction between technical and theoretical points of view, focusing on the full-scale medium of building. Wittig joined the University in 2001.