Dean Mondros Announces Retirement

October 5, 2020

Dean Jacqueline B. Mondros Announces Retirement

After six years as Dean of the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University and Assistant Vice President for Social Determinants of Health, Jacqueline B. Mondros, DSW has announced that she will step down at the end of this academic year.

During her tenure the School has been successfully and unconditionally re-accredited by CSWE for 8 years; has strengthened and grown its research, publications, and grant funding; appointed an Associate Dean of Research and a Director of Online Instruction; hired seven new tenure track faculty; redesigned admissions, enrollment, advising, field education and student services and added additional staff to these units; overseen the revision of the BSW and MSW curriculums; added MSW/MPH and MSW/MS in Bio-ethics dual degree programs; expanded community outreach and strategic and interdisciplinary partnerships; introduced a part time program; quadrupled the size of the  Manhattan program site; launched the Aging in Place continuing education program; and established a Standing Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.

“The School has made significant advances in the last six years.  We have a strong, innovative, and experienced faculty, built relationships with other schools and departments, and strengthened and deepened our support for students.  It has been an honor to work with such a dedicated, energetic, and caring group of faculty, staff, alumni and students in support of social work education and services”, said Mondros. “Their collective efforts have resulted in extraordinary progress for the School”.

Since beginning her social work career, Dr. Mondros has dedicated herself and her work to research and practice in the study of urban neighborhoods, community development and community organization. The second edition of her co-authored book, Organizing for Power and Empowerment, is pending release. It has been widely used in schools of social work.

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Mondros has successfully developed significant university- community partnerships. In Philadelphia, she was a founding member of Kensington Action Now, a grassroots neighborhood organization, and Community Organizations Acting Together (CO-ACT), a coalition of six neighborhood organizations. While at Columbia University she worked with community groups in the Bronx and Yonkers to develop neighborhood leadership to end housing segregation. In Miami, she founded and served as Executive Director of the Academy for Better Communities, which designed and delivered more than $10 million of funded community services in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade counties. While Dean at Hunter College School of Social Work she initiated All in East Harlem, a collaboration between the school and the social service agencies of the surrounding neighborhood. 

For many years she served as a member of the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Curriculum, Education and Innovation, and a member of the Leadership Institute.  She has served as President of the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration. She was elected President of the National Association of Social Work Deans and Directors , and co-chaired the Social Work Leadership Academy.  She was appointed to the New York City Mayor’s Advisory Council on Aging by Mayors Bloomberg and DeBlasio and to the NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board by Mayor DeBlasio.  She has won the Woman of Impact Award for Miami-Dade County, the Partners in Justice Award for Avodah, the HOPE Citizen of the Year Award and was the NASW NYC Top Leader Awardee in 2013. 


“A new set of opportunities and challenges now stands before the School and the social work profession. I think the School is in an excellent position to recruit a new energetic Dean and I am glad to pass the baton to someone who can continue to lead our faculty, staff, alumni, and students forward” said Mondros. 

The executive search firm of Isaacson Miller, has been retained by the University to assist in the national search process. The search committee, co-chaired by Iris A. Granek, MD, MS, Clinical Professor and Founding Chair, Family Population & Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook Medicine & Stacy Jaffee Gropack, PT, PhD, FASAHP, Dean and Professor, School of Health Technology and Management, includes representatives from the School’s student body, alumni and faculty who will identify a slate of candidates.