New Dean Announced: Shari E. Miller, PhD, Assumes Role of Dean of the School of Social Welfare on August 1, 2021


June 9, 2021

Dear Stony Brook Community,

I am pleased to announce that Shari Miller, PhD, MSW, Associate Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia, will become Stony Brook University’s next Dean of the School of Social Welfare, effective August 1, 2021. Shari’s appointment follows  a national search to identify the successor to Dean Jacqueline B. Mondros, who has served with distinction as dean of the School and assistant vice president for social determinants of health since 2016.

A licensed clinical social worker with a deep interest and engagement in interdisciplinary scholarship, Shari earned her PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, her Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY Binghamton. In addition to her roles as an associate professor and associate dean, she has served in a variety of roles at UGA’s School of Social Work, including graduate coordinator, director of the School’s PhD program, and director of its bachelor’s of social work program.

Shari’s research focuses on educational innovation with implications for reflective practice in a sustainable global society. Her work emphasizes innovation in social work education, professional socialization, interprofessional models of education and research, theory development, self care, and environmental social work. She has written more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, conference presentations, and other scholarly pieces, and her work has appeared in prestigious journals including Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Engineering Education, and Social Work Education: The International Journal. She has been the principal investigator or co-PI on $4.8 million in grants funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. She has been named a Distinguished Faculty Fellow from the National Academies of Practice, and UGA has named her a Women’s Leadership Fellow, a Teaching Academy Faculty Fellow, a Lilly Teaching Fellow, and a Service Learning Fellow.

Shari is a dedicated and talented educator, and has received multiple awards recognizing her efforts in the classroom at UGA, including four Bachelor’s of Social Work Teacher of the Year Awards and the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, as well as the Teaching Innovation Award from the Council on Social Work Education and SAGE Publishers. She has mentored and advised many graduate students, serving on about a dozen dissertation and thesis committees.

Beyond her research and her teaching responsibilities, Shari has served on numerous professional committees for the Council on Social Work Education and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. At the University of Georgia, she has assisted the University’s strategic planning efforts, served on the advisory board of its Center for Teaching and Learning, served as a member of its Interprofessional Education Leadership Council, mentored faculty with the Office of Service Learning, and served on the campus Student Learning Outcomes Steering Committee, among many other activities. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Shari Miller to the Stony Brook community.


Paul M. Goldbart

Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs