inclusive, interdisciplinary research teacher named Dean of Social Welfare |

Shari Miller joins Stony Brook on August 1

STONY BROOK, NY, June 10, 2021 – Shari Miller, PhD, MSW, associate dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia and clinical social worker specializing in interdisciplinary education, has been appointed new dean of the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University . His appointment, announced by Paul M. Goldbart, Executive Vice President, Academic and Provost Affairs, takes effect August 1, 2021.

Dr Miller will strive to continue to prioritize the School’s efforts to build a more equitable society by embracing and promoting diversity and inclusion; working with faculty to expand the research portfolio, including collaborations with many departments at Stony Brook University and beyond on interdisciplinary projects that will have a significant impact on the needs of society.

“Shari Miller is a very accomplished educator and researcher with a strong commitment to service, as evidenced by her many awards, scholarships, publications and contributions to the University of Georgia,” said Goldbart. “She is a leader in her field, embracing and demonstrating the impact of innovative and interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship. I am delighted to welcome him to Stony Brook.

Shari Miller, PhD, MSW

Dr. Miller is a dedicated and talented educator and has received numerous awards recognizing her classroom efforts at UGA, including four Bachelor of Social Work of the Year awards, the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate and Teaching Innovation Award from the Council on Social Work Education and SAGE Publishers. She has supervised and advised numerous graduate students, sitting on a dozen thesis and thesis committees.

His research focuses on educational innovation with implications for reflective practice in a sustainable global society. Dr. Miller has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations and other scientific papers in leading social work journals. She has been a Principal Investigator or Co-PI on various grants totaling $ 4.8 million funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

“We are delighted that Dr. Miller is joining Stony Brook University and the Schools of Health Sciences,” said Research Committee Co-Chairs Stacy Jaffee Gropack, Dean of the School of Health Technology and Management, and Iris Granek , founding chair of the Renaissance School of Medicine Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine. “Her background in teaching, scholarship, service and administration supports her as an ideal candidate to build on the foundation established by Dr. Mondros during her tenure as Dean of the School of Social Welfare. Dr. Miller’s collaborative focus on interprofessional education, social justice and workforce development aligns well with many of the strategic initiatives currently proposed as we move Stony Brook University forward.

Dr Miller received his PhD from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, his Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University, and his BA in Sociology from SUNY Binghamton.


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