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Sandra Stone, Ph.D.


Phone: 941-359-4507
Office: USFSM - C249
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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:

  • Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace Certificate, USF (2023)
  • Child Advocacy -- Foundations for OutReach through Experiential Child Advocacy Studies Training (FORECAST), Univ. 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)
  • Gang Specialist Certifications, National Gang Crime Research Center (1997, 1998, 2000)
  • Mediation Certifications -- general, juvenile justice, divorce and family (1995, 1996, 1999)
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Certification (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. Current research projects include work on human trafficking, community reentry for formerly incarcerated older adults, and improving social-emotional/problem-solving/conflict resolution skills of children.  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 $10 million dollars in grant funding to support various programs and projects. 

In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Stone works with the Office of Community Engagement and also serves as the Assistant Dean of 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 faculty and top administrative positions with three institutions in the University System of GA as well as with the Georgia Board of Regents.  Before her work in higher education, Dr. Stone held direct service, research and/or administrative positions in a variety of health, educational and social service organizations, in both the public and private sectors. 

Community Engagement:

Dr. Stone is actively involved in the larger community, including serving as Regional Liaison for the Suncoast United Way's Women United Affiliation Group, and a member of the Drug-Free Manatee’s Board of Directors, the Florida United Way’s Research Advisory Council for the ALICE Project (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), Manatee County’s Drug-Endangered Children Task Force, and Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County.  

Selected Awards and Special Recognition:

Dr. Stone has received numerous 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 Public 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)


Dr. Stone enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, pottery, taking walks, and practicing yoga. 

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