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Most recently, Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., was a Dean and Professor at the School of Social Work.  Previously, he served as an Associate Provost (Graduate and Professional Schools) and Professor of Social Work at Hunter College in New York, a Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging, and Senior Associate Dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. He has a Master of Social Work degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University. 

He started his social work career in senior centers, which sparked his lifelong passion for studying senior centers and community-based services for older adults.   He has also served as a social worker and then as an administrator in a number of organizations serving the homeless, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and individuals diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness. 

He is passionate about public policy reforms, and his current research is utilized to inform his policy advocacy endeavors in the fields of aging and social welfare. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in professional publications and has served as a mentor to emerging scholars. His research has garnered over $1.5 million in grants and has resulted in significant increases in public funding for gerontological social services in New York City and program innovations in senior centers nationwide. At Hunter College, he oversaw centers and programs with approximately $80 million in grant funding.

In addition to senior centers, Dr. Pardasani has documented the impact of diverse program models among immigrants, refugees, and other oppressed groups with reference to HIV/AIDS, chronic mental illness, and homelessness. His scholarship, teaching, and service have always adopted the lens of social justice and human rights.

He is the recipient of several honors, including the Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work Leader Award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Fulbright Specialist award.  He has taught as a Visiting Professor in China, Germany, Chile, and the United Kingdom.  He has been invited across the US and to Chile, South Korea, Taiwan, and India to share his research on social welfare policies and services for the rapidly aging population worldwide. He is the past chair of the Social Welfare Action Alliance, past president of the Southwestern Social Science Association, and the New York State Society on Aging. Currently, he is the 1st Vice President of the NYC Chapter of NASW, as well as a board member of the NY State Society on Aging. He is also on the Board of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), chairing the National Nominating Committee. 

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