Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to providing a positive academic experience for all students in SSA. We believe in a student-first philosophy, and offer support, advocacy, and advising--from the admissions process, through graduation, and beyond. Our office oversees: admissions and financial aid; registration; administration of academic and student life policies; monitoring of students’ academic progress; orientation and commencement; and support of career planning and professionalization activities. Detailed information regarding these areas is located on our website, and many documents and forms for students are posted on the MySSA portal.

Visit these pages for more information about DACA and immigration and supports for students and mySSA for the Student Handbook. The University also has an additional handbook, the Student Manual: University Policies and Regulations.

In the Office of the Dean of Students of SSA, we have an open door policy. If you have questions, concerns, or would like to set up a meeting with anyone on our team, please contact our office directly at 773.702.1135 or dos@ssa.uchicago.edu.

Sincerely,

Sara Furr, PhD (she/her/hers)
Dean of Students
School of Social Service Administration

Dean of Students Office Staff:

Sara Furr

Sara Furr, Dean of Students, Inclusion and Equity, Room W15

-- Oversees all aspects of the Office of the Dean of Students
-- Provides academic advising, tracks individual progress toward degree completion, and offers guidance on course planning 
   for Full-Time and Joint Degree Students
-- Student account advisor; troubleshoots questions related to tuition aid, financial aid, stipend/fees, outside funding and student accounts
-- Responsible for the administration and quality of all direct student academic services and general student supports
-- Implements policies and processes to support student success
-- Serves on the Dean's Senior Administrative Staff team for SSA
-- Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (IED) Programming
 Kristen Reid-Solomon

Kristen Reid Salomon, Assistant Dean of Students, Room W14

-- Provides academic advising, tracks individual progress toward degree completion, and offers guidance on course planning
   for Full-Time Students
-- Coordinates major activities such as orientation, course registration, convocation, the Hooding Ceremony, and scholarship
   renewal processes, among others
-- Offers general student advising and guidance on meaningful initiatives, programs, and organizations that enhance
   the SSA student experience
-- Works with students to support them through personal matters and connect them to vital UChicago resources (i.e. health, financial, etc.)
-- Serves as liaison for student accommodations between Student Disability Services, faculty, and staff
Michael Jogerst

Michael Jogerst, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services, Room W12

-- Provides comprehensive career planning and advising services to students
-- Supports SSA alumni-student networking events
-- Maintains an online jobs posting service and alumni contact database
-- Offers a week-long career exploration program in Washington, DC
Ron Martin

Ron Martin, Director of Admissions, Room W13

-- Oversees the recruitment, admission and matriculation of all SSA students
-- Supports the work of the faculty Admissions Committee
-- Makes initial scholarship determinations in collaboration with the Dean of Students 
 Theodore Barnes

Theodore Barnes, Assistant Director of Admissions, Room BW 13-B

-- Assists with the recruitment, admission, and matriculation of all SSA students
-- Travels and recruits around the country to graduate fairs and welcomes and assists students during Visit days to campus
-- Maintains relationships with all individuals involved in the recruitment process, including counseling students and parents
   regarding the admission process
-- Can provide additional guidance for underrepresented student applicants
Ashley Brown

 Ashley Brown, PhD Program Manager

-- Provides comprehensive support and resources to PhD students
-- Maintains PhD student records and tracks individual progress towards degree completion
-- Manages day-to-day operations of PhD program including admissions support, orientation, course advising and registration,
   professional development, and graduation
-- Coordinates the qualifying examination, proposal hearings, and disseration defenses
Nerissa Osby

Nerissa Osby, Student Engagement Coordinator, Room W20-- EEP Student advisor

-- Provides comprehensive career planning and advising services to students
-- Supports SSA alumni-student networking events
-- Maintains an online jobs posting service and alumni contact database
-- Offers a week-long career exploration program in Washington, DC