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Rukshan Fernando, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5510
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. As BSW program director, he manages the administrative, financial, policy, student development, and curricular operations. He also enjoys teaching courses pertaining to community development, nonprofit management, and leadership, and his research interests are in nonprofit management, community economic development, and leadership. Fernando also serves the APU community through his work as an internationalization Faculty Fellow. He has 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, he 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 Community Development Society, and the Council on Social Work Education. He’s a board member of the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration and an active participant on the Commission to Advance Macro Practice Standing. He and his wife have two children and enjoy traveling, 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

Courses Taught

  • SOC 496 – Senior Seminar: Faith and Social Issues