Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Goutham M. Menon, PhD., MA., MBA.

Title/s:  Professor

Specialty Area: Information and Communication Technologies in Health, Social Services and Education; Higher Education Leadership & Innovation; B-Corps.

Office #:  Maguire Hall 416

Phone: 312-915-6551

Email: SSWDeanLUC@luc.edu

CV Link: G_Menon_CV_Nov_2020


Dr. Goutham M. Menon LinkedIn_Profile  has over two decades of academic experience at the undergraduate & graduate levels having taught at the University of Texas at Arlington (1996-1998); University of South Carolina (1998-2005); and at the University of Texas at San Antonio (2006-2013); Director and Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Social Work, Division of Health Sciences (2013-2016). He joined Loyola University Chicago in 2017 as Professor and Dean of the School of Social Work.

Areas of Expertise

Information and Communication Technologies for Education, Social Services & Health; Distance & Distributed Learning; International Social Development; Corporate Social Responsibility; Higher Education Leadership & Administration; Accreditation.

Areas of Impact

  • Provided a vision to enhance access and affordability to lower MSW credit hours to 49 (from 60) to prepare early career professionals - 2019-Present
  • Appointed member of the Social Work Education Health Futures Lab Advisory Committee - Portland State University - Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - 2020
  • In alignment with the mission of Loyola, provided a vision, engaged various stakeholders to build a rationale for the university to invest, develop and implement the first online bi-lingual (English/Spanish) MSW program in the US Mainland - 2018
  • Launched the first online MSW program in Nevada with differential tuition to enable students to earn a graduate degree with lower student debt primarily from rural and frontier locations in Nevada and across the country - 2014-2017
  • Helped develop the first MSW program in a public university in San Antonio tailored to non-traditional; first generation students (mainly LatinX) - 2006-2011


English; Malayalam; Tamil; HTML; Java; PHP; SQL



•    MBA (Sustainability & Entrepreneurship) – University of Nevada, Reno - 2018
•    Ph.D. Social Work – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 1997
•    MA (Medical and Psychiatric Social Work) – Madras School of Social Work, Chennai, India – 1988
•    BA (English Language & Literature) – Loyola College, Chennai, India - 1984

Leadership Training

Management Development Program, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education - 2015

Leadership Academy in Aging, National Association of Deans and Directors - 2014

Leadership 2.0, Council on Social Work Education - 2015


Program Areas

International Social & Sustainable Development; Online Education; Public Service Leadership

Research Interests

•    Social Work Education
•    Leadership & Innovation in Higher Education- Focus on Access & Affordability
•    ICT in Practice & Education
•    Distance Education
•    Corporate Social Responsibility & B-Corps


Professional & Community Affiliations

Membership in:
•    National Association Of Deans’ & Directors’ of Social Work Programs (NADD)
•    International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
•    Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
•    International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD)
•    husITa (human services Information Technology association)
•    Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. (BPD)

Editorial Boards:
•    Journal of Technology in Human Services, 1998-Present
•    Journal of Social Service Research, 2003-Present

Leadership provided:

  • Member, "One Loyola" Library Committee - 2021 - Present
  • Chair, SSW-IPS TaskGroup - 2021 - Present
  • Member, Loyola Anti-Racism Initiative – 2020 - Present
  • Chair - Reorganization Task Group for Sustainable Clinics & Centers – 2020 - Present
  • Member, Planning Group - Loyola Institute for Racial Justice – 2020 - Present
  • Member, Stakeholder Engagement Section (COVID19 initiative) – 2020 - Present
  • Head/Sponsor, Graduate Students and Adult Learner Division - Engagement (COVID19 initiative) – 2020 - Present
  • Member, Sesquicentennial Planning Committee - Loyola University Chicago - 2019 -Present
  • President Elect - Network For Social Work Management (NSWM) - 2019-Present
  • Board Member and Executive Committee - Network For Social Work Management (NSWM) – 2018 – Present
  • Site Visitor – Commission on Accreditation, Council on Social Work Education – 2011 - Present
  • Mentor - South Asian Social Work Educator's Association - 2016 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member - Global Institute of Social Work - Singapore - 2013-Present
  • Chair, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee, Loyola University Chicago – 2020
  • Program Chair - 30th Anniversary Conference of NSWM, Chicago - May 31 - June 2, 2019
  • Member (Dean representative), University Senate, Loyola University Chicago - 2017 - 2020
  • Chair, School of Education Dean Search Committee - Loyola University Chicago - 2019
  • Chair, Registrar Search Committee - Loyola University Chicago - 2018
  • Member, Vice-President Mission Integration Search Committee - Loyola University Chicago - 2018
  • Vice-President, Communication - National Association of Deans and Directors - 2019 - 2020
  • Vice-President and Program Chair - National Association of Deans and Directors - 2016-2019
  • Secretary-General - International Consortium for Social Development, 2008 - 2018
  • Treasurer, Human Service Information Technology Applications (HUSITA), 2013 - 2018
  • Board Member, Human Service Information Technology Applications (HUSITA), 2002 - 2018

Courses Taught

Range of courses across the curriculum (Micro to Macro) and across programs (BSW; MSW; Ph.D.)

  • Advanced practice with Individuals
  • Advanced practice with Groups
  • Social Work Administration
  • Advanced practice with communities & organizations
  • Research methodology
  • Program and Practice Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Social Welfare History & Policy
  • Social Planning/Sustainable Development
  • Electronic Advocacy for Social Work (Web course)
  • Human Trafficking (ITV – Students in USA, Germany, & Indonesia synchronously)
  • Global Context of Social Work
  • Social Work in Higher Education (Doctoral Course)
  • Study Abroad – India; Brazil


  • Inducted to Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society, as an honorary member who distinguishes himself in scholarship, loyalty, and justice. 2019.
  • Awarded the Jim Billups International Social Development Leadership Award for a commitment to Peace, Social Justice, and Social Development by the International Consortium for Social Development. 2019.
  • Named in the Carolinian as one of 15 new faculty who show innovation in research at the University of South Carolina. 2003
  • Recognized by the University of South Carolina Division of Student & Alumni Services as a mentor. Years 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003
  • Invited attendee at the 16th Rosalyn Carter Symposium on Mental Health policy to discuss the Surgeon General’s Report on Ethnic Minority Mental Health. The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA. November 8-9, 2000.
  • Recognized with a plaque for dedicated service to the Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development - Cape Town, South Africa 1999.
  • National Honor Society - Phi Kappa Phi - Inducted on November 23rd, 1997

Selected Publications

Edited Books/Special Issues

In Preparation

Menon, G. M., Mondros, J., Smyth, N. J., Teasley, M. Re-Envisioning the Social Work Profession, Education, & Practice. Advances in Social Work Special Issue – To be published - Summer 2022. http://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/advancesinsocialwork/announcement/view/76


Menon, G. M., (Ed.) (2006). Selected papers from the CSWE APM Technology Conference. [Special issue]  Journal of Technology in Human Services, 24 (2/3).

Menon, G. M. (Ed.). (2002). Using the Internet as a tool for research. The Haworth Press, Inc: New York. [Also published as a special issue].

Menon, G. M., & Brown, N. K. (Eds.) (2001). Going the Distance: Use of technology in human services education.  The Haworth Press, Inc: New York. [Also published as a special issue].

Menon, G. M. & Coe, J. A. (Eds.). (2000). Social Work Education and Technology: Recent Empirical Studies [Special issue]. Research on Social Work Practice, 10, (3).

Coe, J. A., & Menon, G. M. (Eds.). (1999). Computers and Information Technology in Social Work: Education, Training, and Practice. The Haworth Press, Inc: New York. [Also published as a special issue].

Articles/Book Chapters (Selected)

In Preparation:

Rai, A., Choi, Y. A., Cho, S., Das, U., Menon, G. M. Intimate partner Violence conversations on Twitter during the early days of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Menon, G. M. Lean Start-up Principles in Academic Programming: Build, Measure, Learn…and Pivot.

Menon, G.M. Innovation and Strategy for Managing the ebbs and flows at Private Universities - Utilizing Porter's Five Forces in Academia.


Mukherjee, D., Menon, G. M. (2013). Technology and its role in good governance. In Ramanathan, C. S. & Dutta, S. (Ed.), Governance, Development, and Social Work (pp. 201-214). New York: NY: Routledge.

Rubin, M., Menon, G. M., & Vanek, M. (2012) Relevance of Competency-based Education to Work with Individuals with Serious Mental Illness. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22 (2), p. 213-233.

Menon, G. M., & Rubin, M.(2011). A survey of online practitioners: Implications for education and practice. Journal of Technology in Human Services 29 (2) p. 133-141.

Felke, T. P., & Menon, G. M. (2011). Using Technology for International Education and Research. In Lynne Healy & Rosemary Link (Eds.). Handbook of International Social Work. Oxford University Press.

Menon, G. M. & Cowger, C. D. (2010). Integrating qualitative & quantitative research methods. In Bruce Thyer, (Ed.), Handbook of social work research methods. (2nd Ed.,) Sage Publications: California.

Menon, G. M. & McNutt, J. G. (2008). Infusing technology content in policy courses. In Jo Ann R. Coe Regan and Paul P. Freddolino, (Eds), Integrating Technology into the Social Work Curriculum. CSWE: Alexandria, VA.

McNutt, J. G. & Menon, G. M. (2008). The rise of cyberactivism: Implications for the future of Advocacy in the Human Services. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services 89 (1), p. 1-6.

Grants Received

Nevada’s Train, Educate, adopt and Collaborate for Healthcare with Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (teachSBIRT) Health Resources Services Administration - $945,000 - Co-PI - 2015-2017

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training, Health Resources Services Administration, SAMHSA - 1.4 Million $ - PI - 2014-2017