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Armand A. Lauffer, Ph.D., professor of social work, retired from active
faculty status on December 31, 2001.
Professor Lauffer received his B.A. degree from Roosevelt University in
1956, his M.S.W. degree from Wayne State University in 1959, and his
Ph.D. degree from Brandeis He joined the School of Social Work as an
associate professor in 1968 and was promoted to professor of social work in
His research interests were in fundraising and resource allocation in the
nonprofit sector; community self-help; the Jewish ethic in Jewish communal
services; and ethnic identity as a source of social activism. These have taken
him to both Israel and Russia, where he worked with colleagues on the
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and at the Brookdale
Institute on evaluating the relationships among volunteerism, community,
and reemergence of Jewish identity in the former Soviet Union. Other areas
of scholarly interest are management and human services. During his career,
Professor Lauffer founded and directed Project STaR (Service, Training, and
Research in Jewish Communal Development), a professional leadership
training program in Jewish communal service housed in the School of Social
Work. He has mentored and trained many graduate students who now work
in the Jewish community as professionals in federations, community centers,
family services, and other organizations.
Professor Lauffer has written nearly two-dozen texts on community
organizing, social planning, staff and organizational development,
simulation gaming, and other topics. These include Working in Social Work;
Careers, Colleagues, and Conflicts: Understanding Gender, Race, and
Ethnicity in the Workplace; Social Planning at the Community Level;
Community Organizers and Social Planners; Understanding Your Social
Agency; Assessment Tools; Getting the Resources You Need; Volunteers;
and The Practice of Continuing Education in the Human Services. He is
series editor of the Sage Human Service Guides and series coeditor of
Sourcebooks for the Human Services.
The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming
Armand A. Lauffer professor emeritus of social work.