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Loyola University Chicago Appoints
New School of Social Work Dean

Established Administrator, Academic, and Practitioner
Goutham M. Menon, PhD, Appointed Dean 

CHICAGO, March 15, 2017—Loyola University Chicago announces the appointment of Goutham M. Menon, PhD, as dean of the School of Social Work following an extensive national search. Menon, who officially joins the University on July 1, has more than 25 years of experience in social work as a leader, educator, and practitioner.

Currently the director of the School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Menon also holds a faculty appointment as professor of social work. With more than 20 years of academic experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, he has taught at The University of Texas at Arlington, the University of South Carolina, and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). As a practitioner, he served as a case manager at the Schizophrenia Research Foundation in India from 1988–1992.

“Dr. Menon’s diverse experience provides him a unique and valued understanding of the social work field, and he immediately captured the attention of our dean search committee,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer John P. Pelissero, PhD. “I am confident that he is the leader to advance the School of Social Work, not only in educating students, but in furthering the school’s excellence in scholarship and service to our surrounding communities.”

Under Menon’s leadership, the School of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno has seen substantial enrollment increases at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as the development of an online Master of Social Work program for underserved students in rural Nevada. He also played an integral role in the initial accreditation and subsequent reaffirmation process of the social work program at UTSA.

A trained site visitor for program accreditation, Menon is currently a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education, the accreditation body for schools of social work in the United States. He was also recently elected vice president and program chair of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work. His research interests include the use of information and communication technologies in support of human services and for distance education.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school of social work housed within a premier institution like Loyola University Chicago and guided by the mission to provide a transformative educational experience,” said Menon. “The ‘hungers’ highlighted in Loyola’s strategic plan resonate with my vision for the faculty, staff, and students within the School of Social Work—particularly for nontraditional and first-generation students who are seeking to lay a sound foundation through their education.”

Menon received a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Madras, India; and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Loyola College, an autonomous Jesuit institution of higher education affiliated with the University of Madras. He has authored numerous articles and edited several books. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Technology in Human Services, Social Development Issues, Journal of Social Service Research, and Environment and Social Psychology. Since 2014, he has served as co-principal investigator/principal investigator of federal grants totaling more than $2.3 million.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work
Founded in 1914 and accredited since 1921, Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work provides transformative education for practice-informed social work at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels. The school’s curriculum addresses contemporary clinical, community, and social issues encountered by social workers in practice. Graduate degrees are available in two advanced domains: Clinical Social Work and Leadership and Development in the Social Services. The PhD in Social Work trains scholars adept in clinical research, scholarship, and teaching. The school and University embrace ideals of social justice and service to others— commitments that inform the program’s examination of clinical theories, practices, and systems of service delivery. For more information, visit LUC.edu/socialwork, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaSSW, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaSSW.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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