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Shanti K. Khinduka, PhD

Inducted in 2010

Current Position

Former George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dean of Brown School at Washington University at in St. Louis (1974-2004)

Shanti K. Khinduka is the former George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. As dean of its School of Social Work from 1974-2004, he was instrumental in establishing several path-breaking centers for research and training including:

  • Creating 12 endowed professorships and over 200 scholarships
  • Building an endowment of over 100 million dollars
  • Constructing a state-of-the-art new facility for the school
  • Developing dual degree programs
  • Pioneering both interdisciplinary and international research

He also fashioned a curriculum emphasizing evidence-based practice, economic and social development, and capacity building for individuals and communities. Khinduka has published worldwide on social action, social work education, community and social development, globalization, international social welfare, and ethnic conflict.

Among his many honors, Khinduka received:

  • The Distinguished Faculty Award from Washington University and the Search Award from its Eliot Society
  • The NASW President’s Award for Educational Excellence
  • The Significant Lifetime Achievement Award from CSWE
  • The Outstanding Social Work Educator and Scholar Award from the Asian American Social Work Educators Association
  • The Los Amigos de la Humanidad Distinguished Educator Award from the School of Social Work, University of Southern California

An editor of three books, he founded the Journal of Social Service Research in 1977 and chaired its editorial board until 2004. He is one of the founders of the St. Louis Group and of the International Consortium for Social Development, and served as the president of the latter organization from 2001-2005. He has led or served on several key committees of the major social work organizations in the United States.

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