Michael Hoffmeister

Credentials: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2024 (expected); MSW, UW-Madison, 2014; BSW, UW-Madison, 2013

Position title: Teaching Faculty I; Project Assistant

Pronouns: he/him/his

Email: mhoffmeister@wisc.edu

Website: Twitter

Phone: (920) 475-5452

Curriculum Vitae
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Michael Hoffmeister, MSW (he/him) is a PhD Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and a Graduate Research Fellow with the Institute for Research on Poverty. He conducts mixed methods, translational research regarding human services systems, largely public child welfare, that investigates the influence of caseworker decision-making and organizational policy and practice on child and family outcomes. Michael leverages both qualitative and quantitative data to answer questions associated with his research program, using data from large-administrative systems, state-level surveys, individual interviews, and focus groups. Overall, his research aims to identify realistic, yet innovative, solutions that enhance the service capacity of human services systems to provide quality, consistent services that result in positive outcomes for the children and families they serve.

Michael brings a decade of diverse experience at both the direct-service and macro-policy levels of the child welfare system to his research and teaching. He completed his Master of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work in 2014 and is a licensed social worker in the States of Wisconsin (Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker) and Minnesota (Licensed Graduate Social Worker). Michael joined the Teaching Faculty at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work in 2019; he has been teaching an integrative field seminar regarding public child welfare practice for advanced practice, Master of Social Work students ever since. He brings his prior social work field experience to the classroom to facilitate interactive learning for students that integrates course content with field opportunities and community connections. He capitalizes on these real-life experiences to engage students and to help them realize their full potential as learners and professionals.