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John Graham was appointed to the University of Calgary as an associate professor in 1997, was promoted to full professor in 2002, and between 2003 and 2013 was the Murray Fraser Professor – a 10-year, internally competitive research professorship within the University of Calgary. In 2014, Graham left the University of Calgary to become a Director of a School of Social Work in the United States of America. This website captures the publications/research/student supervision as it appeared on Graham’s c.v. shortly before his departure from the U of C, and covering his career up until mid 2014.  

Established in 1998 with a generous contribution from the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation and in memory of the late University of Calgary president Murray Fraser, the Murray Fraser Professorship in Community Economic Development is one of the University of Calgary’s externally funded, named research Chairs/Professorships.

The Professorship allowed John to undertake research on the enhancement of diverse communities’ social capacities in a multicultural Canada and a globalizing world. Communities’ social capacities are a key foundation for community economic development, and their analysis across geographic locales allows practitioners, scholars, and communities to identify and learn from one another’s best practices. John was the principal investigator of a research grant provided by the Canadian government under the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada’s principal funder for research in the social sciences, humanities, and human service professions. The grant provided funds for research on subjective well-being in the social services.  John was also the principal investigator of a research grant provided by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) to investigate homelessness and immigration. He was also a funded member of an interdisciplinary research team at Columbia University that was looking into social capacities of Muslim communities in New York City, and a co-investigator on numerous other grants from SSHRC, HRSDC, and the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) that examined labour market improvements in Canada, homelessness, and international social work practice. A strong advocate of interdisciplinary scholarship, John was the president of the International Social Development Unit (ISDU) an interdisciplinary and international consortium of scholars and practitioners committed to research on international and multicultural social development, and is a founding member of and conference co-planner for the Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work.

The work of the Murray Fraser Professor was highly collaborative. Professor Alean Al-Krenawi, Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, is a long-standing co-author and friend. John used to work at Lakehead University, and continues his association with the School of Social Work as an adjunct professor and friend of the School. Graham also worked closely with an economist who was at the University of Regina, Dr. Marion Jones. Between 2012 and 2015 he was appointed Visiting Fellow, Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Department of Professional and Community Education, Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom. (see Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Department of Professional and Community Education, Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Besides writing grant proposals, journal articles, and books, John remained involved as a supervisor and committee members for several MSW and PhD students at the University of Calgary and at other universities. John has been an adjudicator and peer reviewer for major granting agencies and academic presses in Canada and abroad, and has been a member of editorial boards/collectives/executives/advisory boards/foreign and international consulting editor for over 10 academic journals, including British Journal of Social Work, Canadian Review of Social Policy, International Social Work, and Social Development Issues. Further background on John’s scholarship is available on this website under Publications and Research.

Professors John Graham, Alean Al-Krenawi and children in the Middle East

Professors John Graham, Alean Al-Krenawi and children in the Middle East

Picture of Professor John Graham, Mrs. Anne Fraser and Dean Gayla Rogers celebrate the Murray Fraser Professorship

Professor John Graham, Mrs. Anne Fraser and Dean Gayla Rogers celebrate the Murray Fraser Professorship


Dr. Bradshaw, Andrea Newberry, Micheal Shier, Dr. Graham - December 2010

Dr. John Graham tribute to Dr. John Coates, Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work, The 7th North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, Thunder Bay, Ontario, June 2012. 

Please click on the below link to listen to Podcast

Mindfulness: In conversation with Micheal Shier.

Fronek, P. (Host). (2013, February 16). Mindfulness: In conversation with Micheal Shier [Episode 44]. Podsocs. Podcast retrieved Month Day, Year, from http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/mindfulness