Faculty Listing

Dr. Sandra Stone

Title: Professor and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
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Email: sandrastone@usf.edu

University of West Georgia – B.A., Summa Cum Laude, sociology and psychology
University of West Georgia – M.A., psychology
Emory University – Ph.D., sociology – social psychology concentration
Tulane University – post-doctoral certificate, organizational behavior

Selected Special Training/Certifications:

  • Child Advocacy Studies, Foundations for Outreach through Experiential Child Advocacy Studies Training (FORECAST), University of Missouri St. Louis  (2021)
  • New Presidents’/Chancellors’ Academy, American Assoc. for State Colleges and Universities (2015)
  • Education Policy Fellowship Program, GA Partnership for Excellence in Education (2013-14)
  • Executive Leadership Academy, American Academic Leadership Institute (2011-12)
  • Harvard Program for Management and Leadership in Higher Education (2004)
  • HERS/Bryn Mawr Program for Women in Higher Education Administration (2003)
  • Citizens Police Academy, Carrollton, GA (1997)
  • Gang prevention/intervention from the National Gang Crime Research Center (1997, 1998, 2000)
  • Mediation -- general, juvenile justice, divorce and family (1995, 1996, 1999)
  • Critical incident stress debriefing (1994)   

Work History:
Dr. Stone has experience both inside and outside academia in the fields of health, social services and education as a direct service provider, teacher, researcher, administrator and consultant. She has taught a wide range of courses in sociology and criminology, and her primary research interests are in family violence, juvenile delinquency/juvenile justice, women and crime, public policy, and program evaluation. Dr. Stone has served on a variety of boards, committees and task forces at the local, state and national levels, and, along with others, has obtained over $9 million dollars in grant funding to support various programs and projects. Current research activities include assessing social-emotional/problem-solving skills of elementary school children, working on a variety of projects with the USF Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Research Lab, and identifying the challenges to successful reentry into the community for formerly incarcerated individuals.

In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Stone serves as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies for the Sarasota-Manatee campus, where she previously served as Chair of the Dept. of Social Sciences and Regional Chancellor. Prior to coming to USF, Dr. Stone held top administrative positions at Dalton State College, Southern Polytechnic State University, the University of West Georgia (also a faculty member), and the Georgia Board of Regents. Prior to joining the academy, Dr. Stone worked in a variety of organizations, including the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Emory University, Research Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Department, the Atlanta Mayor’s Office, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Clayton General Hospital, the Atlanta Battered Women’s Shelter, and the GA Department of Family and Children’s Services.

Community Engagement:

In the larger community, Dr. Stone currently serves as Regional Liaison for the Suncoast United Way's Women United Affiliation Group, Chair of Drug-Free Manatee’s Board of Directors, and as a member of Florida United Way’s Research Advisory Council for the ALICE Project (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), Manatee County’s Drug-Endangered Children Task Force, SRQ Magazine's Women in Business Leadership Initiative, the Bradenton Chapter of the American Association of University Women, and the Manatee County League of Women Voters.  She is also currently working with Selah Freedom, an anti-human trafficking organization, a variety of organizations serving formerly incarcerated individuals, and the Manatee Boys and Girls Club on research projects.


Selected Awards and Special Recognition:
Dr. Stone has received awards for teaching, research, service and leadership, including:

  • Faculty Service Award, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, USF (2021)
  • Honorable Mention Publication Award, American Sociological Society, Sociological Practice and Applied Sociology Section (2020)
  • Faculty Excellence Award for Service, University of South FL Sarasota-Manatee (2020)
  • SRQ Magazine’s Women in Leadership Award (2016)
  • Alumni Achievement Award, University of West Georgia (2014)
  • Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership Award, The Chair Academy (2012)
  • Contributions in Health and Education, GA Women’s Institute (2008)
  • Sociologist of the Year, Georgia Sociological Association (2008)
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (1999, 2005)
  • Meritorious Service, Georgia Sociological Association (1997, 2004)
  • Frederick Milton Thrasher Research Award, National Gang Crime Research Center (1997, 2000)
  • Graduate School Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences, Emory University (1987)
  • Civil Rights/Human Rights Award, Amnesty International and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1987)

Aside from work, Dr. Stone enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, attending arts events, taking walks, and practicing yoga.