PhD Student Corner


Nafees Alam

Nafees Alam

Year Started PhD Program: 2013

Email: nafees.alam@mail.yu.edu

Education:

  • 08/2013 to Present (In progress, Age: 29 to Present) – Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work:  Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work Policy & Research (Ph. D.)
  • 08/2010 to 08/2012 (Duration: 2 years & 1 month, Age: 26 to 28) – CUNY Hunter College, Silberman School of Social Work:  Master’s in Social Work Administration (MSW)
  • 08/2002 to 05/2007 (Duration: 4 years & 10 months, Age: 18 to 23) – CUNY College of Staten Island:  Baccalaureate in Sociology/Anthropology (BA)

Teaching Philosophy:
Humor and engagement are of utmost importance in connecting students with subject matter. The goal isn't to teach in such a way that information is retained for the semester, rather for life. In order for that to happen, the environment must be a favorable one rather than one perceived as an obligation.


Simon Jaffe

Year Started PhD Program: 2000 - 2004
& 2017 - Present

Email: sjaffe@mail.yu.edu

Education:
Columbia University School of Social Work  M.S.S.W. 1986 
Rutgers University  B.A. 1979

Teaching Philosophy:
In teaching, my ultimate goal for students to graduate from my classes not only well informed and knowledgeable in Social Work practice and theory, but also keen observers of environmental influences, insightful about themselves and their learning experience, active and proud participants in our profession and above all change agents in their organizations and communities.

Research Interests:
The return of citizens from prison and recidivism reduction is a complex problem requiring complex solutions. My research interest lies in exploring some of the countless variables that could possibly influence the reintegration process of prison reentry work with society. In doing so I hope to help build knowledge that could contribute to successful reentry strategies.


Tory Thomas

Tory Thomas

Year Started Ph.D. Program: Fall 2016

Email: tthomas2@mail.yu.edu

Education:
BSW - Mercy College - 2015
MSW-Adelphi University - 2016

Research Interests:
I am interested in the Judicial System and how this system affects minorities.


Viva L. White

Year Started Ph.D. Program: Fall 2015

Email: lavivanow@gmail.com

Education:
A.S. Human Services, 1999, Passaic County Community College 
BSW, Minors: Public Policy, African-American Studies, 2001, Ramapo College of New Jersey
MSW, Practice method: Community Organization/Administration, 2004, Yeshiva University-Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Research Interests:
My research interest is in the area of education in poverty stricken communities.  It is necessary for the profession of social work to be actively engaged to address the detrimental outcomes due to the issues of inequity and inequality.

Teaching Philosophy:
Teaching is a gift and requires the teacher to understand the student is not a blank slate.  However, they have a frame of reference and it must be considered when providing the information for them to learn.  Also, engage them in the process of learning to help them understand the investment of acquiring knowledge and pursuing an education.  Ultimately, their acquired knowledge is something for them to share and be unselfish.