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University of West Georgia – Bachelor of Arts with highest honors, sociology, and psychology
University of West Georgia – Master of Arts, psychology
Emory University – Ph.D., sociology – areas of concentration social psychology and family violence
Tulane University – post-doctoral certificate, organizational behavior
Numerous leadership development programs, including from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, HERS/Bryn Mawr Program for Women in Higher Education, and the Harvard Program for Management and Leadership in Higher Education; Specialized gang prevention/intervention training; and training to become a certified mediator – general, juvenile justice, divorce and family mediation
Awards and Special Recognition:
Numerous awards for teaching, research, service and leadership, including selection in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (X2), teaching award from Emory University, award from the Georgia Women’s Institute for contributions in health and education, research award from the National Gang Crime Research Center (X2) , leadership awards from The Chair Academy and SRQ Magazine, Meritorious Service award from the Georgia Sociological Society (X2), Sociologist of the Year from the Georgia Sociological Society, Alumni Achievement Award from the University of West Georgia, and Civil Rights/Human Rights award from Amnesty International and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Dr. Stone has 40 years’ experience in the fields of health, social services and education as a direct service provider, teacher, researcher, administrator and consultant. Her teaching areas are sociology and criminology; her primary research areas are family violence, juvenile delinquency/juvenile justice, gangs, women in the criminal justice system, and public policy, and she has a number of publications and paper presentations in those areas. Over her career, Dr. Stone has served on a wide 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.
Dr. Stone is currently a professor and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at USFSM, where she previously served as Regional Chancellor. Prior to coming to USFSM, Dr. Stone held top administrative positions at Dalton State College, Southern Polytechnic State University, the University of West Georgia and the Georgia Board of Regents. Before moving into higher education administration, she was a faculty member at the University of West Georgia. Prior to joining the academy, she held direct service, research and administrative positions at a variety of public and private organizations, including the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Emory University, Research Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Department, the Centers for Disease Control, Clayton General Hospital, the Atlanta Battered Women’s Shelter, and the GA Department of Family and Children’s Services.
Dr. Stone currently serves as a member of the Suncoast United Way's Women United, the Manatee County Children's Services Advisory Board, the Drug-Free Manatee Board of Trustees, the Manatee County Drug-Endangered Children Task Force, and SRQ Magazine's Women in Business Leadership Circle.
Aside from work, Dr. Stone enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, attending arts events, going on long walks, and practicing yoga.