Gorman, E. Michael (Mike) (1948-2023)

Gorman, E. Michael (Mike) (1948-2023)

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School of Social Work; College of Health & Human Services

Academic Rank

Associate Professor

Year Retired from SJSU

2020 (FERP)

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Educational Background

University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare, 1994 MSW

Epidemic Intelligence Program, US Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, 1983-198

University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health , 1982

University of Chicago Division of the Social Sciences, Social Anthropology, 1980 Ph.D.

Indiana University, Department of History, 1973 A.M.

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University : 1999-2020 School of Social Work

Fundacion Universitaria Chaminade, Madrid, Spain: 2014-2016 SJSU Global Studies

Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina: 2012 US Department of State, Fulbright Scholar , Council for International Exchange of Scholars:

Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam : Social Work, Substance Abuse and HIV . January 2010

University of Tunis, Ibn Charaf, Tunis, Tunisia, 2005 US Department of State , Fulbright Scholar Council for International Exchange of Scholars:

University of Washington : Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute 1994-2000 - adjunct professor School of Social Work and School of Public Health

Administrative and Professional Experience

San Jose State University, School of Social Work, MSW Program Coordinator 2006-2007

University of Washington, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health, R01, R03; research scientist1994-2000.

University of California, School of Public Health, Research Scientist, 1990-1993

RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA , Domestic Research Division, 1986-1990

US Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1983-1985

University of California San Francisco, Department of Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS research team 1982~1983.


San Jose State University Senate, CSU Systemwide Academic Senate, 2008-2011

San Jose State University Library Board

US Department of State , Fulbright Commission, Reviewer, 2014~2016

Scientific Planning Committee Member for the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research Conference on Health Disparities and HIV in the San Francisco Bay Area, 2011~2012

Northern California Fulbright Alumni Association Board Member, 2007-2013

Santa Clara County Methamphetamine Task Force, 2007-2014

Kaiser-Permanente Medal Center HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee, 2005-2009

Selected Publications

Gorman, E.M. (2012) Book Review. Aids, Culture and Gay Men. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 26(03) 6 68-71.

Gorman, E.M. Nelson, K. Applegate, T & Scrol, A. (2004) Club Drug and Poly-Substance Abuse and HIV among Gay/Bisexual Men: Lessons Gleaned from a Community Study. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services Vol. 16, No 2, 1-17.

Gorman, E. M., Clark, C. W., Nelson, K. R., Scrol, A., Applegate, T., & Amato E. (2003) Methamphetamine Use among Women: Lessons Learned from a Community Social Work Project: implications for Social Work Practice, Education and Research... Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. Vol 3, No 3. 41-62.

Gorman, E.M. (2003) Research with Gay Drug Users and the Interface with HIV: Current Methodological Issues for Social Work Research. In Meezan, W. (Ed.). Research methods with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender populations. New York : Harrington Park Press, Haworth Social Work Practice Press. pp. 79-95.

Pach, A. P. and Gorman E. M. (2003) An Ethno-Epidemiological Approach for a Multi-Site Study of Emerging Drug Abuse Trends: The Spread of Methamphetamines. United Nations Bulletin on Narcotics, V. 54 (1), 56-79.

Gorman, E.M. And Nelson, K. (2003) From a Far Place: Social and Cultural Considerations about HIV among Mid Life and Older Gay Men. Gay and Lesbian Aging: Research and Future Directions, G. Herd and B. de Varies, Eds. New York: Springer. 73-93.

Gorman E.M. and Halite’s, P. (2003). Methamphetamine and Club Drug Use and HIV. Focus: A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling, 18(7)5-6.

Gorman, E. M., & Carroll, R. T. (2000). Substance Abuse and HIV: Considerations with Regard to Methamphetamines and Other Recreational Drugs among Men Who Have Sex with Other Men. Journal of Nursing and AIDS Care, 11(20), 51-62.

Conference Presentations:

Gorman, EM. The San Jose State University School of Social Work Pedagogical Model: University of Lublin, Poland, June 10, 2017.

Gorman, EM. Integrating Health and Education: Perspectives of a Transcultural Pedagogical Model, Universidad de Almeria, June 19, 2015, Almeria, Spain

Gorman, EM San Jose State Transcultural Model for Social Work Education, Alice Solomon Hochschule Social Work Conference, July 7, 2014 Berlin, Germany

Gorman, EM, Reed, R, Grossman, B, Dickinson (2012). The Greying of an Epidemic: Disparities Among Aging HIV + and AIDs Populations in Santa Clara County. Forum for Collaborative HIV Research Conference on Health Disparities and HIV. University of California, San Francisco. May 24, 2012.

2015 International Global Social Work: Human Rights and Erotological Perspectives. Fundacion universitaria Chaminade, Madrid, Spain June, 2015

2014 International Global Social Work: Human Rights and Gerontological Perspectives. Argentina-US Fulbright Commission, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2010, January Hanoi, Vietnam: UNICEF funded social work educational development initiative. Vietnam National University

2009, June Buenos Aires, Argentina, Universidad de Palermo Faulted de Cadencies Socials, Course on Human Rights, Social Justice and Social Work Challenges

2009, January Buenos Aires, Argentina Universidad de Palermo Faulted de Ciencias Sociales, Research initiatives

2008, June Buenos Aires, Argentina, Universidad de Palermo Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Course on Human Rights, Social Justice and Social Work Challenges

Personal Commentary

Briefly, I have been privileged to be on the San Jose State faculty since 1999. It has been an immensely gratifying time for me without question. I came into academic social work somewhat mid career after having spent more than a decade and half in public health . Under that rubric I was a member of the first US HIV/Aids research team in San Francisco and subsequently served in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the US Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ( I was the first openly gay scientist in that organization) . I had been actively involved in LGBT public health initiatives and was privileged to have been so centrally involved in the HIV/Aids epidemic so early. Upon returning to California I pursued an MSW degree . Intitially my focus was substance abuse and HIV first at the University of Washington then San Jose State. While at SJSU my focus shifted after my first Fulbright award (Tunisia, 2005) as a dramatic epiphany with respect to broadening my horizons with respect to international education, global social work and health and human rights, including Aids phobia and homophobia. As a result I became one of the earliest SJSU faculty to develop short term global studies programs in Argentina and Spain. I subsequently received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship ( US Dept of Education) to travel and study in the Middle East in 2009 and a third Fulbright Fellowship in spring, 2012 to Argentina.

I would say that among my most important experiences at San Jose State has been the genuine collegiality and fellowship working with our faculty in numerous capacities as well as the privilege in teaching and working with and learning from my students .


Gorman, E. Michael (Mike) (1948-2023)