Title: Dean and Professor Emeritus, Consultant, Author
Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States
Ruth Brandwein, Dean and Professor Emeritus, Consultant and Author, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social welfare and justice education.
Dr. Brandwein got into the profession accidentally. She was a divorcee with two children and was named Executive Director of the Central Seattle Community Council. She needed help in reorganizing and sought assistance from Dr. Florence Stier, a new community organization faculty member at the University of Washington School of Social Work She became Ruth’s mentor and persuaded her to see her MSW there. This project inspired Dr. Brandwein to go into social work. After earning a PhD in social welfare from Brandeis University in 1978, she went on to teach and become involved in various social justice activities. Prior to retiring in 2010, her most recent position had been as the Director of the Social Justice Center at the State University of New York, Stony Book. She began teaching at the institution in 1981 and served as the Dean of the School of Social Welfare from 1981 to 1989. She was named Belle Spafford Visiting Professor at the University of Utah School of Social Work from 1994 to 1996 and was Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services from 1989 to 1993. Earlier in her career, she was an assistant professor and Chair of the Communications Organization at School of Social Work at Boston University, as well as a research associate at Harvard University and Laboratory Communications Psychiatry. Furthermore, she was a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, a substitute teacher with the New York City Board of Education, a recreation director of the Seattle Parks Department and an Executive Director of the Central Seattle Commission Council.
In 1960, Dr. Brandwein earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Brooklyn College and was inducted to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. A decade later, she received an MSW from the University of Washington and later received a PhD. She has been recognized by the National Association of Social Workers and was named Social Worker of the Year in Suffolk County then in 2018, she received their Lifetime Achievement Award from both her local Sarasota Unit and nationally. For her work, she has received a number of accolades, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington, a Congressional Award from Congressman Mrazek in Suffolk County, NY and an Honorable Supporter Award from Women on the Job among many other accolades. Throughout her career, Dr. Brandwein maintained professional affiliation and served in various committees and board roles with the National Association of Social Workers, the New York Public Welfare Association and theCouncil of International Programs.
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