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Rukshan Fernando, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, BSW Program Director, Department of Social Work
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2771
Prior to joining the faculty at Azusa Pacific University, Rukshan Fernando, Ph.D., served as an assistant professor and field coordinator at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, for eight years. His teaching interests are community organizing and development, social entrepreneurship, and nonprofit management, and his research interests are in nonprofit management, international development, and community participation. Fernando has also served as a consultant to World Vision Sri Lanka, and has been a guest lecturer at the Colombo Theological Seminary in Sri Lanka. Prior to becoming a social work educator, Fernando served as the associate director of Housing Unlimited, Inc., an affordable-housing organization that serves people with psychiatric disabilities in Rockville, Maryland. He is involved with the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), the Community Development Society, and the Council on Social Work Education. He and his wife have two children and enjoy travel, the outdoors, and all types of ethnic food.


Ph.D., Community Economic Development, Southern New Hampshire University
M.A., Policy Concentration, Southern New Hampshire University
MSW (Emphasis in Community Organization), University of Michigan
B.A., Social Work, Taylor University


  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Social Work

Courses Taught

SOC 496 – Senior Seminar: Faith and Social Issues

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