Francis Origanti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Phone 816-501-3647

Dr. Origanti is the Chair of the School of Social Sciences and the Program Director for Social Work at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Loyola College, in Chennai, India, he went on to graduate with his Masters in Social Work, specializing in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work. Before coming to Avila in 2011, he served as a social work faculty member at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Origanti received 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. His primary teaching areas include Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy, Introduction to Social Welfare, and Social Work Research. He also teaches “Human Rights Issues,” an interdisciplinary travel course to India. His teaching philosophy is based on collaborative learning. He believes that students should be able to bridge all three areas of practice – micro, mezzo, and macro – skills in social work. Dr. Origanti 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.

Dr. Origanti currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation – the national accrediting body for all schools of social work in the United States, is a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission – a regional accrediting body for higher educational institutions, and has served as the Vice-Chair for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors National Conference Planning Committee.

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