Honoring a Leader

World traveler. Visionary Leader. Compassionate Teachers. These are just a few ways to describe the lastining influence of Dr. Nazneen Sada Mayadas.

As a highly regarded leader in the field of social work, Dr. Mayadas stretched her influence to communities around the world, visiting more than 150 countries. She was born in Lucknow, India, and moved to the United States in 1959 already holding a bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but it wasn’t until her time with the YMCA that she took interest in social work. The YMCA awarded her a scholarship to pursue a second master’s degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. During her time there she began to understand the impact of this field and worked in Cleveland and eventually Vancouver, British Columbia to put into practice what she learned during her studies before returning to the classroom to pursue a doctorate in social work from Washington University, St. Louis.

In 1972, Dr. Mayadas made her way to The University of Texas at Arlington where she mentored hundreds of students and helped mold community efforts to advance excellence in the field of social work. Mayadas was a recipient of many awards including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Washington University Brown School of Social Work, and while at UTA, she established herself as not only a prolific researcher and scholar publishing six books and countless journal articles, but as a teacher who paved the way for student success. She pushed her students and taught innovative best practices that brought the best out of everyone such as methods using videotaping as a way for students to look back and improve on techniques.

Dr. Mayadas’s global knowledge gave students the ability to see beyond the four walls of a classroom. Her passion for international social work, her students, UTA, and the community resulted in a legacy that will forever inspire students to change the world for the better.