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Faculty and Staff Profile

Mark Small


Office: 2076 Barre Hall
Phone: 864-656-6286
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 Educational Background

J.D. Law
University of Nebraska 1989

Ph.D. Psychology
University of Nebraska 1990

M.A. Clinical Psychology
University of Nevada -Las Vegas 1985

B.A. Psychology
University of Nevada-Las Vegas 1983

 Courses Taught

Human Rights
Program Evaluation
Community Transformation


Mark A. Small is Chair and Professor in the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies and Director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. Previously, he was research professor in the College of Law and assistant director at the Institute on Families in Society at the University of South Carolina. Prior to his move to South Carolina, he was an associate professor and adjunct law professor at in the Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency and Corrections at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Prof. Small has served as principal investigator on grant projects funded by agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture and private foundations within South Carolina to build the capacity of rural faith- and community-based grassroots groups and non-profit organizations to serve at-risk youth and families. In total, he has received over 9 million dollars in funding to address poverty and improve family well-being. Prof. Small has also received a Fulbright scholarship twice to teach community development in the Czech Republic (2004) and more recently in Albania (2017).

 Research Interests

As an interdisciplinary trained scholar in law and psychology, I am interested in any policies, programs or ideas that make the world a better place.

 Research Publications

Sianko, N., & Small, M.A., (2017). The future of GIS in social science. [Editorial] Kontakt 19, 169-170.

Sianko, N., & Small, M.A., (2016). Current trends and challenges in studies of democracy. [Editorial] Kontakt 18, 1-2.

Small, M.A., (2015). Human trafficking matters: Next steps. [Editorial]. Kontakt, 17, 65-66.

Small, M.A., Fisher, R.L., Berner, L. & Cooper-Lewter, S. (2013). Support for Sister-affiliated Ministries during challenging times: Understanding a foundation initiative in two regions. Foundation Review, 5, 14-25.

Klein, A, Brown, M. Small, M.A., Tucker, D., Fischer, R. & Walsh, C. (2009). Office of Violence against Women’s Faith-based Initiative: Promises and Pitfalls. National Bulletin on Domestic Violence, 15, 1-8.

 Honors and Awards

The University Research, Scholarship, and Artistic Achievement Award (2018)
Fulbright Scholar Czech Republic (2004, 2006) Albania (2017)