Dr. Francis Origanti arrived in mid-August to Chair the Social Work department at Avila.
A native of India, Dr. Origanti was born and brought up in Chennai, fourth largest city in India with a population of 7 million. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Loyola College in 1996, he went on to graduate with his Masters in Social Work from Loyola College in 1998. For the next two years, he worked as social worker in an adoption agency dealing with in-country and inter-country adoptions before coming to the United States in 2000 to get his Ph.D. in Social Work from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. During this time he worked as a research assistant in the Office of Accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education.
After graduation in 2004 he moved to Creighton University as an Assistant Professor in the department of Social Work. His primary teaching areas include Human Behavior and the Social Environment (I &II), Social Welfare Policy, Introduction to Social Welfare, Economics Politics and Social Welfare.
Dr. Origanti has served as an academic advisor for more than six years. He has been advising students with regards to their major selection, career choices, and help them develop a two or a four year academic plan. He has thoroughly enjoyed spending time and working with students and helping them achieve their academic goals through mentoring, counseling, and advising. He believes in a holistic approach to education in helping students make career and life choices and wanting them to actively participate, rather than passively learn.
His teaching philosophy is based on collaborative learning. Creating opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, that focus on developing and applying existing student knowledge and skills, and fostering the development of critical thinking skills. He believes that students should be able to bridge all three areas of practice - micro, mezzo, and macro skills in social work. They do so from a developmental, social, psychological, economical, political, cultural, and spiritual perspective.
Dialogue, discussions, and role plays are some of the tools he uses to enhance knowledge and understanding of social work issues. He brings with him a global perspective on understanding several social issues. He believes that we as a community need to address these social issues and there is no better place to begin this dialogue than in the classroom.
Special interest areas: Globalization, international social work, substance abuse, religion and spirituality, welfare policies.