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Joseph A. Galura

CASC Undergraduate Minor Program Advisor and Adjunct Lecturer in Social Work, School of Social Work

Joseph A. Galura

Joseph A. Galura is an advisor/lecturer for the undergraduate minor in Community Action and Social Change. He also is a lecturer in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and has developed, implemented and taught service-learning courses in Sociology (Project Community), Education (LUCY: The Lives of Urban Children and Youth), and American Culture (Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies). His classes, projects and publications draw on work in criminal justice, chemical dependency, community organization, urban schooling and the Filipino American community. He is the former Director of Project Community: Sociology 389/325, as well as the founding editor of the OCSL Press, the publication arm of the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning at the University of Michigan.

Research Interests/Focus

Community service learning, especially how this pedagogy affects student outcomes; diversity, spirituality, and social work practice; the experiences of Filipino Americans, particularly in metropolitan Detroit.


Year Degree   School
1983 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1980 BA Anthropology and Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Year Description
2021 "Becoming” – Speaker at TEDxUofM Salon, along with Cliff Lampe and Andrea Kelly. University of Michigan. November 2021
2021 Galura, J.A.., (2021, March). Conversations with Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest writers. Panel of chapter authors for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Grand Valley State University.
2021 Galura, J.A.., Hwang, R., & Desai, M. (2021, July). API stories of BIPOC solidarity. Panelist for the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition at the School of Social Work, University of Michigan.
2021 Galura, J.A.. (2021, September). Asian American voices: Shaping Michigan. Panel discussion for the Michigan History Conference.
2018 Galura, J.A. & Schoem, D. (2018, January). Building community and teaching the whole student for achieving student success and an inclusive, dialogic campus climate. Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.
2018 Galura, J.A.. (2018, January). Navigating multiple ePortfolios: Strategies and lessons from a research case study. 9th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios. Washington, DC.
2018 Galura, J.A.., Manhke, S., & Lawsin, E. P. (2018, July). Michigan’s Pin@y Pioneers: How we do and share history using online mapping, university archives, and oral histories. Biennial Conference, Filipino American National Historical Society Bi-annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

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