SAINT LEO, FL – Susan Kinsella, PhD, MSW, a veteran educator, has been promoted to dean of the School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu). Dr. Kinsella is a professor of human services and continues to teach at Saint Leo University’s Savannah (GA) Education Center. Just prior to this appointment, she also directed Saint Leo’s graduate and undergraduate human services programs, and held regional responsibilities for faculty development.
As dean, Dr. Kinsella, succeeds Dr. Carol Walker, who was named assistant vice president in academic affairs.
Dr. Kinsella will now spend time both in Savannah, where she continues to teach, and at University Campus, the headquarters for Saint Leo University. She will also continue to direct the graduate program in human services.
The School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo is the academic home to undergraduate and graduate programs in four disciplines: education, criminal justice, social work, and human services. Depending on the program, the school enrolls students at University Campus and at several Florida education centers; in Georgia at three education centers in suburban Atlanta and at the Savannah Education Center; at education centers in South Carolina and Virginia; and online. Students include both traditional-age undergraduates and adult learners and account for more than 4,200 of the university’s overall enrollment of nearly 16,000.
“We have four great departments in our school, and everyone has dynamic ideas for their programs, which are all geared toward practitioners in areas of public service,” Dr. Kinsella said. “I’m looking forward to helping our faculty and administrators achieve their goals in enhancing their programs, and to encourage some teaching and research collaboration among our departments. Ultimately, this effort is all for the students, to keep our programs at the top of their respective fields.”
In addition to teaching and developing Saint Leo programs in human services, Dr. Kinsella has also served the university in the past as a member of the social work faculty. Her doctorate, from Fordham University, NY, is in social work. Her Master of Social Work is from Marywood University in Scranton, PA, and her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work is from Pennsylvania State University, State College. Early in her career as a social worker and then as an academic, she specialized in child welfare practice.
Additionally, Dr. Kinsella is a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP), a professional designation she has held since 2010. She is the author of the college textbook and e-book Human Services: A Student Centered Approach, published by Pearson Education Inc. She has also developed college courses for both classroom and online environments.
Over the course of a career of more than 30 years spent in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Florida, Dr. Kinsella has held college teaching positions at Brewton-Parker College, Hinesville, GA; Georgia Southern University, Statesboro; Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, FL; and Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She taught for Saint Leo previously from 1994 to 1997, and rejoined the university in 2011 at the Savannah Education Center.
About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever our students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. We welcome people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourage learners of all generations. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to our nation’s armed forces, our veterans, and their families. We are regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and we guide all our students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.
We remain the faithful stewards of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where our founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 16,000 students, we have expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintain a physical presence in seven states. We provide highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 80,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in five U.S. territories, and in 72 countries.
Media contact: Jo-Ann Johnston, Saint Leo academic communications manager, at (352) 588-8237 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.