Columbia University School of Social Work
Murali D. Nair is an Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University.
Nair teaches on line courses on “Corporate Social Responsibility”, “Social Welfare Policy” and “Mindfulness”. Also on a weekly basis, provides students and alumni “mentoring” and “self-care” sessions.
As an authority on engaged learning, Murali Nair combines traditional cross national value
systems with evidence based knowledge in the classroom setting.
Over his 45-year academic career, Murali Nair has served as a BSW, MSW, and DSW professor and
administrator at five universities in the United States and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at three
In his last positions, Nair was the Clinical Professor of Social Change and Innovation at University of
Southern California (2012-2020) and a Professor and the Director of the School of Social Work at
Cleveland State University (1992-2012).
His areas of teaching expertise include macro practice, social enterprise, social responsibility, wellbeing
innovation, harnessing technology for social good, advancing long and productive lives, and social
responses to changing environments.
Nair has published extensively in the area of social development, including 13 books, nine short
documentaries, and over 100 journal articles and peer reviewed paper presentations at national and
international conferences. His latest books include Engaged Learning, Leading and Managing Human
Service Organizations (4tth edition), and Evidence Based Macro Social Work Practice (2nd edition). He is a
CSWE member of the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice and an Associate Editor of the
Oxford Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work.
Some of Nair’s recent teaching-service awards include:
- Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Service to the University, the School and the
Community, University of Southern California (2019, 2015, 2014)
- The Frances Feldman Excellence in Education Award, The California Social Welfare Archives (2017)
- National Policy Fellow Lead Mentor Award: National Network for Social Work Management (2017)
- Distinguished Mentoring Award: CSWE-APM conference in Denver (2018)
- President’s (White House) Volunteer Action Award (2012)
- Columbia University School of Social Work Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee (2011)
- Distinguished Faculty Award for Service, Multi-culturalism and Teaching, Cleveland State University
(2011, 2006, 2002)
- Senior Fulbright Scholar Award (2010)
- Certificate of Special United States Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Services to Community
He holds an MSW from Loyola College of Social Sciences, an MS in Computer Science from the New York
Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the Columbia University School of Social Work.