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Golam M Mathbor A Bangladeshi Born Working Tirelessly on Social Pedagogics

Dr. Golam M. Mathbor, MSS, MSW, Ph.D.

Professor Mathbor is a tenured Full Professor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA. Professor Mathbor served as the Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University from July 2006 through June 30, 2014. He is the founding Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Interdisciplinary Studies and served as its Chair for two terms for the period 2007-2010 and 2013-2016. He obtained his BSS (Bachelor of Social Science), MSS (Master’s of Social Science) and an LL.B (Bachelor of Law) degree from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Mathbor then obtained his second masters MSW (Master of Social Work) from McGill University, Canada; and a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degree in Social Policy Analysis from the Faculty of Social Work of The University of Calgary, Canada. Dr. Golam M. Mathbor is a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program. Currently, he is serving as President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), and as a Member, Board of Directors of the Council on American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), USA. He is the founding President of the Long Branch Concordance, a nonprofit community service organization in the state of New Jersey serving in the City of Long Branch. Dr. Mathbor is also serving as Advisor of Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society. In the past, Dr. Mathbor served as Vice-President and President of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) from 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 respectively. Also, he served as Vice President and Associate Secretary-General of the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) from 2008-2013 and 2004-2008 respectively. For the academic year 2003-2004, Dr. Mathbor served as Chair of the Faculty Council (Senate) of Monmouth University. He worked as Project Coordinator for “Developing International Social Work Education and Curricula: An Educational Partnership between Monmouth University and the Higher School of Social Work and Social Pedagogics ATTISTIBA, Riga, Latvia” a project financed by the U.S. Department of State. Also, Dr. Mathbor served as Coordinator of the MSW Program in International and Community Development Concentration at Monmouth University from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2006. During his leadership, this cutting edge master’s program received a national award for being the best program for its splendid record of incorporating global components in the curriculum from the Council on Social Work Education, the accreditation organization for social work education in USA. Professor Mathbor served as a Commissioner of the Global Social Work Education Commission of the US Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) from July 1, 2004-June 30, 2010. 2018, and he has been re-appointed for the term 2018- 2021. In 2018, he was awarded the Presidential Award presented by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), New Jersey Chapter, USA; Distinguished Scholar Award presented by the Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2016; “Distinguished Service Award” by Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society as Advisor of MU Upsilon Chapter of Monmouth University on October 6, 2012; and Outstanding Leadership award by the Global Understanding Project at Monmouth University for the year 2007.He was invited and delivered a keynote address on “Governance and Modernization of Higher Education in Changing Environment” at the “5th International Integrative Research Conference on Governance and Modernization in Changing Environment” organized by the Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) in Comilla, Bangladesh from December 18-19, 2018. Professor Mathbor was invited and delivered a keynote address on “International Conference on Social Work and Sustainable Social Development” organized by the Department of Social Work, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), held in Sylhet, Bangladesh from January 4-6, 2018. Dr. Mathbor organized, chaired, and delivered the keynote address for a national conference on “Strategic Management and Effective Leadership in Higher Education” co-hosted by the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies and the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 7-8, 2015. Professor Mathbor was invited and delivered the Keynote Speech on ‘Effectiveness of Community Participation in Development Initiatives’ for Nobel Prize Nominee “Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan Centennial Birthday Celebration Lecture” organized by Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Center on October 23, 2014 at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad, Pakistan. Furthermore, he was invited and delivered the keynote address for an international conference on “Poverty and Social Inequality in a Globalized World: Challenges for the Reconfiguration of Social Policy” organized by the National University of Mexico (UNAM) held in Mexico City from March 12-15, 2013. Also, he chaired and delivered the keynote address for the 17th ICSD International Symposium on “Good Governance: Building Knowledge for Social Development Worldwide” held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 3-7, 2011 at Pan Pacific Hotel. He was selected and served as a Mentor for the 26th Annual National Conference on Ethics in America organized by Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic from October 16-20, 2011 at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He has taught in Austria, Bangladesh, Canada,

Latvia, Kosovo, and the USA. His teaching areas include qualitative and quantitative research methods, program evaluation, social welfare policy and planning, issues in international development, management of nongovernmental organizations, migration and intercultural cooperation, and international social work. Areas of research include community participation and coastal community development, disaster relief and management, international social development, and international social work. Dr. Mathbor has published extensively on disaster relief, community preparedness, social development, coastal zone management, migration, health, economics, and international social work education. He is the author of Effective Community Participation in Coastal Development (ISBN 978-1-933478-54-8) published by Lyceum Books, Inc. Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was successful in raising over a million dollars in external funding for his research work and leadership in professional organizations. During the course of his decades long career, he has visited 63 countries most of them are on official assignments delivering keynote addresses, conference presentations, chairing various conferences, and conducting international research projects.

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