Susan Kinsella, Ph.D, MSW, HS-BCP
Dean College of Education and Social Services, Professor of Human Services
Dr. Susan Kinsella is the current Dean of the College of Education and Social Services and Professor of Human Services at Saint Leo University. She joined Saint Leo in 2011 as the Undergraduate Dept. Chair for Human Services and later became the Regional Academic Director. She was originally located at Saint Leo's Savannah Center where she worked to develop both the on-ground and online graduate programs in Human Services. As the Regional Director she traveled to centers throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia ensuring that academic standards were met. She has over 25 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, having developed and taught in undergraduate and graduate programs in Human Services and Social Work. Her clinical expertise is in child welfare where she practiced and administered a child welfare program in Pennsylvania. She has numerous research interests and publications in social service journals which include such topics as child welfare worker competencies, university and community collaborations, building leadership capacity, service learning, and global and social entrepreneurships. She completed Leadership Saint Leo in 2012, a university program devoted to the development of strong leaders. Dr. Kinsella has been active in the National Organization for Human Services, the Southern Organization for Human Services, and is on the National Board of the Council on Standards in Human Services Education where she participates in accreditation visits and establishes policies for Human Services programs. She is currently President Elect for Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society. Her recent e-textbook is entitled Human Services: A Student Centered Approach. She has recent collaborative presentations and publications with her colleagues in: Can We Ensure Safe Schools? and in Collaborative Leadership: Building Capacity through Effective Partnerships, and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Service and Therapy Animals. She was elected Social Worker of the Year by the Clinical Social Work Association of Savannah in 2015 and was awarded for her work with Pi Gamma Mu at the last triennial convention.