Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Faculty & Staff Directory

Goutham M. Menon, PhD

Title/s: Dean & Professor

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

Office #: Maguire Hall 506

Phone: 312-915-6551



Dr. Goutham M. Menon earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997; a Master’s degree in Social Work in 1988 from the Madras School of Social Work, Chennai, India; and a BA in English Language and Literature from Loyola College, Chennai, India, in 1984. He has over 20 years 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.

His area of expertise lies in the utilization of information and communication technologies for human services and for distance education. This is evidenced through his research, classroom experiences, and his service to the community and profession. He has published articles and book chapters and have edited 4 books in this area. His current focus is on building a niche platform for the profession to have “One Voice” in the dissemination of knowledge; improving career pathways; and in moving the profession to be more inclusive in any activity that it undertakes.

He has been actively involved in various leadership roles at the Council on Social Work Education, including serving as an elected member of the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. He serves on four editorial boards of major journals. He is also on the advisory board of the Global Institute of Social Work, based out of Singapore, to produce and curate online training programs for social workers and humanitarian workers who otherwise do not get empirically based practices in the regions they work in. He is currently the Vice-President and Program Chair of the National Association of Deans & Directors of Social Work Programs and is a member of the Board of the Network for Social Work Managers.


  • MBA (Sustainability & Entrepreneurship) – University of Nevada, Reno (December 2018 Graduation)
  • 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
  • Program Areas:  Corporate Social Responsibility; International Social & Sustainable Development; Online Education


Research Interests

  • Social Work Education
  • Leadership & Innovation
  • ICT in Practice & Education
  • Distance Education
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & B-Corps

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Vice-President & Program Chair – National Association of Dean’s & Directors of Social Work Programs
  • Board Member – Network for Social Work Managers

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