Forte is professor at Salisbury University, author of four books and 35 articles, and a presenter at international, national, regional, and local conferences. His teaching is informed by critical interactionism, pragmatism and interests in theories and practical theorizing.
Forte, James A. (2006) Forte, J. A. (2006). Human behavior and the social environment: Models, metaphors, and maps for applying theoretical perspectives to practice. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole. (Reformatted and released as Open Source Book, October, 2016).
Forte, James A. (2014) Forte, J. A. (2014). An introduction to using theory in social work practice. London: Routledge.
Forte, James A. (2014) Forte, J. A. (2014). Skills for using theory in practice: 32 lessons for evidence-informed practice. London: Routledge.
Forte, James A. (2001) Forte, J.A. (2001). Theories for practice: Symbolic interactionist translations. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
Forte, James A. and Root, Vicki B. (2011) To ITV or not to ITV: A comparison of hybrid and web-enhanced approaches to teaching a HBSE macro course. vol. 21. pp. 82-96. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
Fall 2019SOWK 302 HUM BEHAVIOR SOCIAL ENVIR II (Fall 2019)Examines communities, groups and organizations as social systems and environmental contexts. Reflects social work’s values and principles in the macro social environment and the integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology and economics to understand and critically analyze the multiple influences on human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age and sexual orientation. Develops macro-assessment skills within the framework of empowerment. Prerequisites: SOWK 200, 300 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week.SOWK 416 SOCIAL RESEARCH I (Fall 2019)The first of two courses in social work and evaluation research. Emphasizes the development and use of scientific knowledge and the application of that knowledge to evaluate social work interventions and program evaluation. Explores applied research methodologies to enhance the student’s use of evidence-based social work knowledge and skills. May be repeated only once with permission of the department. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional program, senior standing. Corequisites: SOWK 400, 420. Four hours per week.SOWK 610 THEOR ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR I (Fall 2019)Focuses on the individual, family, and peer group as a social system, and assessment using a bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. Explores human development through the lifespan. Presents analysis of several theories which explain human behaviour and inform social work practice. Focus on privilege, oppression, prejudice, and discrimination. Develops foundation assessment skills. Prerequisite: For graduate study only. Three hours per week.Spring 2020SOWK 302 HUM BEHAVIOR SOCIAL ENVIR II (Spring 2020)Examines communities, groups and organizations as social systems and environmental contexts. Reflects social work’s values and principles in the macro social environment and the integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology and economics to understand and critically analyze the multiple influences on human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age and sexual orientation. Develops macro-assessment skills within the framework of empowerment. Prerequisites: SOWK 200, 300 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week.SOWK 417 SOCIAL RESEARCH II (Spring 2020)The second of two courses focused on the basic concepts and methods of scientific inquiry used to build knowledge and evaluate practice. Builds and expands upon material covered in Social Work Research I. Includes focus on program evaluation, single-subject designs, data analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics, presentation of data, report writing and application of findings to practice. Explores applied research methodologies that will enhance the student’s use of evidence-based interventions. May be repeated only once with permission of the department. Prerequisites: Admission to the professional program, senior standing, SOWK 416. Corequisites: SOWK 410, 421. Four hours per week.SOWK 630 THEOR ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR II (Spring 2020)Examines the development of communities and organizations as social systems. Human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation is a major component. Reflects social work's unique integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology and economics to understand the multiple influences on behavior. Macro sociological theories for critical analyses of society, communities, social institutions and social organizations are presented. Develops macro assessment skills. Prerequisite: SOWK 610 or permission of department. Three hours per week.
- Awards/HonorsCouncil of Social Work Education 2016 Best Reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Education.
Salisbury University Distinguished Faculty Award
National Association of Social Work, Maryland Chapter (NASW-MD), Social Work Educator of the Year
- Professional MembershipsMember, Baccalaureate Program Directors, 2001-Present.
Member, Council on Social Work Education, 2000-Present.
Member, National Association of Social Workers, 1990-Present.
- Grants and Sponsored ResearchCo-Investigator with Professor Mathew J. Corrigan, “Validity Test of the Adolescent Domain Screening Inventory for Use in an Older Adolescent Population,” Seton Hall University Research Project, Awarded $1500.00 March 27, 2014.,
Salisbury University Faculty Mini-Grant in the amount of $1,561 for research proposal “Where's The Theory? A Review of a Social Work Love-Hate Relationship.” Awarded May 10, 2012.,
- PresentationsPresenter with Panelists-Michael Odeyemi and Danesha Owens-Harrell, “Why (some) Black lives don’t matter and what to do: Interactionist and intersectional perspectives,” NASW-MD Chapter’s 2018 Social Work Month Annual Conference, Linthicum, Maryland, March 23, 2018.2018
Presenter, “Back to the future: Tools for theory-practice integration - then, now, soon.” Baccalaureate Program Director’s Annual Conference, “BPD for the Future: Social Work Educators, Allied Professionals & Students.” New Orleans, Louisiana. March 5, 2017.2017
Presenter, “Jane Addams on Citizenship and democracy: Suggestions for advocates,” SU at the Beach: Lifelong Learning Series, Ocean Pines, Maryland, March 9, 20182018
- Press Releases
SU Celebrates Student and Faculty Successes
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Forte Earns SU Distinguished Faculty Award
Friday, August 29, 2014
SU Hosts Inaugural Research Day and Innovation Showcase
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Forte Named Maryland Social Work Educator of the Year
Monday, March 29, 2010
SU's Forte Publishes New Textbook
Monday, October 23, 2006
- Employee Recognition