Faculty Profiles

Philip Rozario

School of Social Work

Social Work Building 139

General Information



Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis (2002)

MSW, Catholic University of America (1995)

BA, National University of Singapore (1989)

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

According to bell hooks (1994), "the classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy" (from Teaching to transgress: Education as the practice of freedom, p12). This is an important recognition of the role of education in transforming our students and ourselves into critical thinkers and doers in bringing about changes that reflect the ideals of social and economic justice. Ultimately, I hope that my students leave the classroom with the critical understanding that we construct and are constructed by knowledge.

I design each class session with the aim of providing students the opportunity to synthesize the material, through lectures and discussion. Further, I strive to create an environment for interaction, where students are able to ask questions, challenge and clarify their thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Indeed, I do this because I do not believe that students come to class as empty, open vessels. As such, the teaching process requires the teacher to deal with the ambiguities and contradictions that students deal with as they incorporate new materials into their understanding.

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