Loyola University Chicago

Faculty & Staff Profiles

Philip Hong, PhD

Title/s:  Professor & Associate Dean for Research
Director, Center for Research on Self Sufficiency (CROSS)

Office #:  Maguire Hall 528

Phone: 312.915.7447


External Webpage: http://philiphong.weebly.com

Mission in Action

Effecting systemic change using a bottom-up approach is the transformative practice-informed social work that I engage in. My research involves participatory processes that allow participant narratives to serve as the source of knowledge and create the reality or often counter-reality to the dominant power structure. Data generated through participant engagement represents the ‘process’ of transformation resulting from best practice in social work. Analyses of data have tested the effects of transformative processes on positive ‘outcomes’, by which the question becomes relevant as addressing client-centered, impactful and sustainable change. By empowered individuals owning the process of change, the ripple effects on the outer circles of systems at the mezzo and macro levels make holistic and dynamic the social movement to promote social justice.


Dr. Philip Hong has served as the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Endowed Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Research on Self-Sufficiency (CROSS) in the School of Social Work since 2016. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his MSW and PhD in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and also holds an MA and PhD in Political Science from University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Hong's main academic interest is in poverty and workforce development. He is currently partnering with local workforce development initiatives to develop bottom-up strategies for empowering low-income individuals and families in their quest to achieve self-sufficiency.

Dr. Hong and his research team at Loyola University Chicago also developed the TIP ® Program. It is a transformative social change model that serves as a framework to empower individuals and to have lasting ripple effects on the outer layers of social systems for greater impact.

Program Areas

Courses Currently Teaching/Teaching Areas:

  • Social Welfare Policy and Services I (SOWK 201)
  • Methods of Social Work Research (SOWK 506)
  • Social Work and Social Welfare (SOWK 507)
  • Policies and Strategies for Community Intervention (SOWK 509)
  • Evaluation of Practice (SOWK 606)
  • Social Work Research Methodology (SOWK 818)

Research Interests

  • Poverty, workforce development, and social exclusion
  • Evidence-informed / empowerment-based community practice
  • Practice-based, bottom-up system change
  • Evaluation of social safety net / social policy and non-profit programs
  • International social development and comparative social welfare