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Dr. Aminifu R. Harvey


Dr. Aminifu R. Harvey is a pioneering social scientist in the area of Afri-centric theory and practice. In 1979 Dr. Harvey published the first social work article on Afri-centric theory and practice. He founded MAAT Center for Human and Organization Enhancement, a non-profit organization, in order to provide psycho-social services to youths and families. 


Dr. Harvey has consistently published, lectured, and conducted training addressing the human condition of all people with an emphasis on people of African descent. Additional recent articles by Dr. Harvey include: The Republican Party of Hustlers and Pimps: Trump, the Ultimate Hustler/Pimp, in Not Our President: New Directions from the Others, and the Clear Majority in Trump's Stolen America. His latest essay Black Panther: Reflections about the Movie: A Historical and Mystical Symbolism Phenomena, appears in Black Panther: Paradigm Shift or Scam


Dr. Aminifu R. Harvey has developed a humanistic philosophical orientation to address the deep rooted anti-humanistic philosophy which under grids this present administration's policies. His humanistic world-view addresses issues of equality, social justice, economic stability, and unique teaching methodologies. His works are accable for sociology, psychology, economics and theology. Dr. Harvey is available for lectures, presentations, and training to universities, non-profit organizations and for profit corporations.


Durham, NC


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, St. Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey, 1966.


Masters Degree in Social Work, University of Southern California, 1972.


Doctorate in Social Work, Howard University, 1983.


Certificate of Training: Afrocentric Theory and Practice. A one-year course, NABSW, April 1997.


Certificate of Training: Preserving African American Families Through Violence Prevention and Intervention, NABSW, January 24, 1997, Greenville, South Carolina.


60 hours - Clinical Hypnosis Practitioner level 1 - American Hypnosis Training Academy Completed July 1984.


54 hours - Clinical Hypnosis - Practitioner Level 11 - American Hypnosis Training Academy Completed.


Fundamentals of Psychodrama - 16 hours Action Training Institute, March 16 & 17, 1985.


Behavioral Modification, Center for Community Psychiatry, Los Angeles, Fall 1972 - Spring 1973.


Transactional Analysis - International Transactional Analysis Association - Spring 1974.


Tenured Graduate Professor of Social Work - Fayetteville State University - January 2005 - May 2013.

Associate Professor - Tenured September 1, 1998 – December 2004.

Assistant Professor January 1, 1992 August 31, 1998.

School of Social Work University of Maryland Baltimore. Courses taught include: Groups and Organizations; Individuals and Families; Human Behavior II; Clinical Issues with African American Families and Paradigms of Clinical Social Work Practice.  Served on numerous committees, including 2 terms on the Admissions Committee (92-Present), 2 terms on the Foundation Committee (92-Present, Chair, 96-97), Faculty Executive Committee (96-Present), Masters Program Committee (95-Present), Social Work Outreach Center (94-95), Faculty Executive Committee (96-Present), 2 terms Clinical Search Committee (94-96), Clinical Committee (92-97) Human Behavior Sequence Committee (95-97), Individual and Family Course Committee (94-95), the Social Committee, Appointment Promotion and Tenure Committee (98-Present) and numerous administrative and faculty search committees. Served as Organization of African-American Students in Social Work (OASIS) Faculty Advisor. Served as the School of Social Work's representative to the University Senate. The University's representative to the Maryland Board of Higher Education. University of Maryland Baltimore Institutional Faculty Nominating Committee. I have graded doctoral qualifying examinations (93, 94, and 95). The founder and Conference coordinator for the School of Social Work's National Conference: African American Contributions to Social Work, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2001.  University of Maryland Baltimore, President's Representative to the Baltimore Mayor's Commission on the African American Male, Fall, 1995-1996.


Associate Professor – Tenured – University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work, Baltimore, Maryland. September, 1998 to present.


Associate Professor – Tenured – University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work, Baltimore, Maryland. September, 1998 to present.


Assistant Professor – Tenure Track – University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work, January, 1992 to August, 1998.


Assistant Professor - Tenured - California State University, Chico, Department of Social Welfare and Corrections, January, 1974 to June, 1978. Courses taught: Social Work Methods and Practice courses; Social Welfare History; Deviant Behavior; Community Organizing; Blacks in Social Work.  Advisor to Social Welfare majors, to the Pan African Union, to the Social Welfare Student Organization. Served on numerous department, school, and university committees.

Adjunct Instructor/Professor - School of Social Work, University of Maryland at Baltimore, August 1992 - December 1992.  Howard University School of Social Work, Spring 1979 and Fall 1980: taught courses in social policy.  University of the District of Columbia, Department of Social Welfare, Spring 1982 and Spring 1985: taught courses in family and child welfare and interviewing skills.  I have taught various courses in social work at colleges in the state of California: 


Shasta Junior College Redding, California Fall 1977 - Human Behavior 3 Units.


Instructor for a course on Social Service Programs and Institutions for inmates at California Correctional Center,

Susanville, California, Spring, 1977.


Susanville, California, Fall 1976 - Human Behavior 3 Units Spring 1976 Deviant Behavior 3 Units.


Uba Junior College, Marysville, California, Fall, 1985, Social Work Practice - Casework and Counseling 3 Units.


Southwest Junior College, Los Angeles, California, Spring 1973, Family 3 Units; Fall 1974 - Introduction to Social Welfare 3 Units.


International Top One 100 -  Business Magazine, September 2012. Selected as an Educator.

Social Work Teacher of the Year, Department of Social Work, College of Arts and Science, Fayetteville State University, 2009-2010.

Selected on the roster as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, effective February 2008.

Selected by the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors to be one of 14 faculty from the entire 16 Universities in the State to be a member of the UNC Tomorrow’s Scholars Council (June, 2007- June,2008).

Nominated by the School of Social Work for the University of Maryland Baltimore in 2003 and again in 2004, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Recognition Award.

Social Work Educator of the Year, 2002-2003, National Association of Social Workers Maryland Chapter, May 2003.

Howard University School of Social Work Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Washington, DC, May 7, 2002.

Mother Dear’s Community Center’s 2002 Outstanding Community Service Award, Washington, DC, May 5, 2002.

Congressional Achievement Award, Participation in the 1st Annual Healthy Child Development Conference, signed by Elijah E. Cummings, Member of Congress, Maryland, April 2001.

Governor’s Citation, State of Maryland, in recognition of the dedication, expertise, and commitment demonstrated on behalf of the health and welfare of the Children of Maryland, April 2001.

The National Association of Black Social Workers DC Chapter, Lifetime Excellence Award, May 3, 2000.

Maxie Collier Scholars Program, Coppin State University, Contribution Award, may 5, 1999.

Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Inc. Recognition Award. Contribution to the first comprehensive collection of articles focusing on African American children and families published by The Child Welfare League of America, March 11, 1997.

Superintendent's Citation, State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice Education Unit, April 12, 1997.

Black Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Award, New York 1994.

African Heritage Community Service Award, presented by the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, August 31, 1993.

Outstanding Community Contributions in Raising the Quality of Life of African Americans in America: Union Temple Baptist Church of Washington, DC. Spring 1992.

The National Association of Black Social Workers' Award, April, 1987.

Invited Delegate: Conference in the Context of Human Behavior, Trinidad, West Indies, sponsored by the Fanon Research and Development Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, Los Angeles, California 1978.

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