"Social workers in today's world have to tackle problems at the local, national and global levels all of which are extremely complex demanding skills involving out-of-the-box thinking, and implementing solutions that are innovative, entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary in nature. My goal is to equip students with such skills to better prepare them to tackle the grand societal challenges of this century."
Social Innovation; Program Evaluation; International Social Development; Non-profit Management, and Spatial Analysis
Dr. Gokul Mandayam joined the faculty at University at Buffalo School of Social Work in August 2017. Prior to that he taught macro social work courses at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work and United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) Department of Social Work. His teaching and research interests focus on provision of innovative, research-based and technological solutions to address the problems of society, organizations, and individuals.
Mandayam has had policy practice experience as a legislative intern at the Arizona State Senate Democrats Office in Phoenix. As part of his doctoral education, he has worked on diverse projects including evaluation of charter school educational programs, needs assessment for senior services and ecological research. His interdisciplinary research interests include social innovation and entrepreneurship, application of geographic information systems technology for human services, program evaluation, international social development, corporate social responsibility and non-profit management.
Prior to coming to the United States, Mandayam has consulted for a variety of social development projects in India ranging from non-land based income generation and evaluation of fish harvesting practices and government nutrition programs to female infanticide. As a team member, he has conducted workshops on strategic planning and fundraising for various non- governmental organizations.