Jones appointed College's first assistant dean for student success

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The College of Health & Social Sciences has created a new leadership position to reinforce its commitment to helping students achieve their goals and complete their degrees.

Susanna JonesProfessor Susanna Jones, former director of SF State’s School of Social Work, has been selected as the first to hold the key post of assistant dean for student success. In this role, Jones will be responsible for implementing high-impact practices that have been linked to student success. She plans to grow the impactful work already being undertaken by the College’s Student Resource Center to maximize students’ first-year experience. She will be working with faculty to continue and build on student success planning efforts that began at the department level last year under the leadership of Dean Alvin Alvarez. Another aspect of her new position will be to ensure that the College’s student success plans and University initiatives are in alignment.

Jones joined SF State in Fall 2016 as director of the School of Social Work, coming from Long Island University’s Department of Social Work, where she had been for 15 years. She is originally from Los Angeles and is a product of the CSU system. She completed her undergraduate studies at CSU Northridge and later attended San Jose State University, where she received her MSW. Jones completed her Ph.D. in social welfare and has a certificate in women's studies from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. Her most recent research and scholarship examine the intersections of social policy, social work practice, feminism and justice surrounding constructs of citizenship, immigrants, and immigration policy and practice.