About the Dean

Kinsella2Susan Kinsella, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education and Social Services
Contact the Dean »

Dr. Susan Kinsella is the Dean of the School of Education and Social Services where she oversees the Criminal Justice, Education, Human Services, and Social Work Departments. As the former Department Chair and Director for Human Services, and the Regional Academic Director for Saint Leo University, she recognizes the need for all programs in the School to remain relevant by aligning themselves with the latest standards and best practices in the field. She has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education. Dr. Kinsella has taught in and developed undergraduate and graduate programs in Human Services and Social Work in universities in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Georgia.  Her expertise in the child welfare arena, where she practiced clinical and administrative work, has helped form her research agenda. She recognizes the need for student learning in the development of knowledge, values and skills in their profession. 


  • Ph.D. Social Work, Fordham University, N.Y.
  • Master of Social Work, Marywood University, PA.
  • Bachelors of Arts, Social Work, Pennsylvania State University, PA.

Community Affiliation:

  • Vice President Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society
  • Self Study Reader & Site Visitor, Council on Standards in Human Services Education
  • Member National Organization for Human Services 
  • Member Southern Organization for Human Services
  • Member Clinical Social Work Association of Savannah

Teaching & Professional Interests:  Dr. Kinsella is the author of several articles on issues such as: quality day care, competency of child welfare workers, service learning, and community collaborative opportunities in Human Services. Her recent interests include the development of social entrepreneurships in Human Services. She was recently published with Dr. Nancy Wood, inThe Journal of Management Policy and Practice,for their article on University/Community Partnerships and inThe Journal of Human Servicesfor the article on Social Entrepreneurship and Human Services. Her new e-textbook, published by Pearson Higher Ed. Inc., isHuman Services: A Student Centered Approach.

Honors & Awards:

  • 2015 Social Worker of the Year – Clinical Social Work Association, Savannah Chapter
  • 2014 Distinguished Service Award, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society
  • 2014 Volunteers are Forever - Service Award United Way of the Coastal Empire, Savannah, Ga.
  • 2009 Community Service Award – Helen’s Haven, Children’s Advocacy, Program, Hinesville, Ga.,
  • 2008 Presidential Service Award for Contribution to Human Services, Southern  Organization for Human Services
  • 2003 Outstanding Professor Award, Brewton -Parker College