|Mark Krueger, Ph.D., is a professor of youth work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also founder and director of the Youth Work Learning Center, a research and education center for youth workers in the School of Continuing Education (UWM). Mark has experienced, taught, researched, and written about youth work for more than 35 years. He has consulted at dozens of youth programs and made over 200 presentations at conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
His teaching and research are focused on how youth develop in daily interactions among workers and youth sometimes referred to as "troubled" or "at risk". Mark is past president of national and international associations of practitioners and scholars dedicated to promoting quality care for youth and families through professional development of the child and youth care field.
His publications include five texts, three novels, a book of short stories, and dozens of research articles related to youth work. His fiction and poems have also been published in literary journals. Mark is noted for his work on the use of story and personal narrative as methods for understanding self and child and youth care practice. Much of his work has also focused on nonprofit organizational development. In recent years he has been developing a method of qualitative inquiry and sketching that he and other researchers use to understand human interactions in context.
His books include:
- Sketching Youth, Self, and Youth Work (2007) Sense Publishers, Rotterdam/Taipei
- Themes and Stories in Youth Work Practice (2004) Haworth Press/New York
- Nexus: A Book about Youth Work (1995) Child Welfare League of America/University Outreach Press
- Floating (novel) (1987) Child Welfare League of America, Washington D.C.
- Careless to Caring for Troubled Youth (1984) Child Welfare League of America, Washington D.C.