Mark S. Homan

Mark Homan is a faculty member in the Social Services Department at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, where he has been a full time faculty member since 1978 and has served as Chair. In addition to his duties at Pima, Mark has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Northern Arizona University; the Graduate School of Social Work at Arizona State University; the Counseling, Deafness, and Human Services Department at the University of Tennessee; and the Human Services Department of St. Edward’s University. He has been a guest lecturer across the United States, and in Russia and Sweden. He received his MSW from Arizona State University in 1975 and is a certified independent social worker in the State of Arizona.

Mark is a strong advocate of community empowerment. He uses his own very active involvement in the community to contribute to its improvement and to increase his own learning. For over thirty years, he has worked with diverse populations in urban, rural, and reservation communities on a broad range of issues, including neighborhood stabilization and empowerment, hunger, reproductive rights, children with special health care needs, community mental health, family planning, community health work, capital punishment, public schools and community development, political campaign organizing, foster care, and adoption. In addition to his roles as organizer, lobbyist, consultant and teacher, Mark has developed and directed several human services programs. He is a founding member of many community organizations and agencies and has served on numerous community boards and councils.

Mark's textbook, Promoting Community Change: Making it Happen in the Real World, 3rd ed., is used in colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, as well as by public and private groups. His book, Rules of the Game: Lessons from the Field of Community Change, is used as a textbook and as a guide for community change agents, and is based on his many years of experience in community organization and development work.

Mark serves on the Editorial Board of two national publications: Human Service Education, the Journal of the National Organization of Human Service Education; and Frontline Initiative, the publication of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, published by the University of Minnesota. Mark has been the keynote speaker at many state and national conferences.

Mark’s awards include the Outstanding Faculty Award from Pima Community College, Outstanding Field Faculty Award from Arizona State University, and the President's Award and the Lenore McNeer Award given by the National Organization for Human Service Education.

At this stage of his career, Mark has come to accept the fact that he will not be playing shortstop for the San Francisco Giants.


Laboratory for Community and Economic Development | College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois Extension | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign