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John Erlich
The History of Social Work

John Erlich, B.A., M.S., joined the faculty as assistant professor of social work under a U.S. Public Health Service grant. He was formerly director, Phoenix Project of Goddard-Riverside Community Center, New York City. During his six years at Michigan, Erlich was known as a dynamic teacher and field instructor, contributing to the literature in new areas of student power and youth movements.

He collaborated with colleagues in publishing texts on Changing Organizations and Community Programs, Promoting Innovation and Change in Organizations and Communities, and Tactics and Techniques of Community Intervention. Erlich's collection of papers on campus protests is located in the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan (1966-70).

In 1971 Erlich departed to California State University at Sacramento, where he continued to teach and publish in the area of organizations, communities, and diverse societies.