Dr. Sandra Stone
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
Dr. Stone has participated in numerous leadership development programs, including from the American Academic Leadership Institute, the HERS/Bryn Mawr Program for Women in Higher Education Administration, and the Harvard Program for Management and Leadership in Higher Education. She has also obtained specialized training and certifications in gang prevention/intervention, mediation (general, juvenile justice, divorce and family), and critical incident stress debriefing.
Dr. Stone has over 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, with primary research interests in family violence, juvenile delinquency/juvenile justice, women in the criminal justice system, public policy, and program evaluation. Along with colleagues, she is currently conducting a program evaluation for Selah Freedom, a national anti-sex trafficking organization, and pursuing funding to support studies of the impact of COVID-19 on frontline family violence service workers and of the challenges of reentry for older inmates being released back into the community. 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.
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 Department 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 (where she also was a faculty member), and the Georgia Board of Regents. Prior to joining the academy, Dr. Stone worked in a variety of positions at 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.
In the larger community, Dr. Stone currently serves as Chair of the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of Suncoast United Way's Women United Affiliation Group, Chair-elect of Drug-Free Manatee’s Board of Trustees, and a member of Florida United Way’s Research Advisory Council for the ALICE Project (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), Manatee County Children's Services Advisory Board, 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, the Manatee County League of Women Voters, and Emory University’s Alumni Mentoring Program.
Awards and Special Recognition:
Dr. Stone has received awards for teaching, research, service and leadership, including:
- Faculty Excellence Award for Service, University of South FL Sarasota-Manatee;
- Excellence in Teaching, Emory University;
- Research Award, National Gang Crime Research Center (X2);
- Leadership, The Chair Academy and SRQ Magazine’s Women in Business Initiative;
- Meritorious Service, Georgia Sociological Association (X2);
- Sociologist of the Year, Georgia Sociological Association;
- Alumni Achievement Award, University of West Georgia; and
- Civil Rights/Human Rights Award, Amnesty International and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Aside from work, Dr. Stone enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, attending arts events, going on long walks, and practicing yoga.