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Dr. Mark Fagan; Department Head Emeritus

BA (Bachelor of Arts): Jacksonville State University; Major: Psychology; Minor: Economics--1974 
MSW (Masters in Social Work): University of Alabama; Concentration: Direct Service --1977
DSW (Doctor of Social Work): University of Alabama; Concentration: Policy, Planning, and Administration Doctoral Minor: Human Resources Management--1981 

Academic Rank: Professor; Department of Sociology and Social Work; since October 1, 1992 
Date of Appointment to Jacksonville State University: August 30, 1981 
Date Tenure Received: September 1, 1987 
BSW Program Director: 1998 to 2012 
Acting Head; Department of Sociology and Social Work: 1998 to 2002 
Head; Department of Sociology and Social Work: 2002 to 2012 
Department Head Emeritus for Sociology and Social Work: 2012 to current

SW 330: Introduction to Social Work 
SW 332: Social Welfare Policy and Services 
SW 350: Social Work Research 
SW 380: HBSE I (online)
SW 381: HBSE II 
SW 390: Social Work Practice I 
SW 391: Social Work Practice II 
SW 392: Rational Emotive Therapy 
SW 400: The Community (Field Placement Seminar) 
SW 451: Community Practicum (Field Placement) 
SY 496: Advanced Seminar on Aging 
SW 350: Social Work Research (Online)

My primary focus for doctoral education was in community development. My primary research areas include: the economic impact of retirees; how retirees can be attracted; and the development of planned and naturally occurring retirement communities. Most of my 111 publications, media articles, and technical writings since 1981 have focused on the economic impact of retirees. I also served as a consultant to The Retirement Systems of Alabama on the development of The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. I was a program developer for the Alabama Advantage for Retirees program at the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs from 1988 to 1992, where 94 local communities are receiving assistance to attract retirees. I have coordinated 4 Governor's Conferences, made 54 major presentations and 93 minor presentations around Alabama and the nation on the subject of retirees and program development to attract retirees. I served as a consultant to the West Virginia Development Office and the Arizona Department of Commerce, Office of Senior Industries Development. 

I have been consulted by CBS News, NBC News, CNN News, ABC News, "Good Morning America," The AARP Bulletin, Time Magazine, Governing Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, New Choices for Retirement Living magazine, Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine, Money magazine, Business Week, Golf Digest magazine, Smart Money Magazine, The Wall Street Journal (click here to hear a podcast with me that played on the WSJ website during March 2007), The New York Times, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio for news stories on retirement. I have been quoted and appeared in the following media concerning retirement and retirees: 29 television programs, 238 newspaper articles, and 80 magazines and periodicals.

Recent Developments

Book Jacket

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail: Its History and Economic Impact, a new book by me with a Foreword by Dr. David Bronner, (see Preface) is a tribute to the hundreds who worked to develop the Trail and the thousands who have worked as a result of the Trail. It is the illustrated historical account of the financial, legal, political, and economic impact details for each of the golf sites, hotels, adjacent housing, and commercial development that were the outcome of RSA’s investment. It is published to preserve this information for historians, archivists, economic developers, researchers, professors and students in business schools, and the general public. The book is available in hardback (384 pages) and Ebook format through local and online retailers or directly from the publisher, NewSouth Books, at

Links to publicity about my book on the Trail


"Your Community This Week" Part 1 with Tim Lennox which aired on April 24, 2016 in the Montgomery area (4 counties surrounding Montgomery including Auburn, Prattville, Selma, Troy, and Greenville).  Tim Lennox Part 2

"Capitol Journal" which aired on April 25, 2016 on Alabama Public Television all over Alabama. 


JSU Graduate and Former JSU Professor Publishes Milestone Book on The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

New Book by Dr. Mark Fagan with Foreword by Dr. David Bronner to Commemorate Silver Anniversary of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (this link includes the Foreward by Dr. Bronner and the Preface (in same link)

The Advisor, May 2016, The Retirement Systems of Alabama


Troy University Public Radio; May 3, 2016


Click here for a list of my publications
Click here for a list of my presentations
Click here for a list of newspapers in which I was quoted 
Click here for a list of periodicals in which I was quoted
Click here for a list of my honors and awards
Click here for a list of my services for retirement development
Click here to view the summary of Pvt. Fred G. Fagan 

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