Ruth Brandwein

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 asked to do a project with the United Way. This project inspired her to go into social work. After earning a PhD in social welfare from Brandeis University in 1978, she went on to teach and serve various social justice ventures. 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. 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. A decade later, she received an MSW from the University of Washington and later received a PhD. 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 committee and board roles with the National Association of Social Workers, the New York Public Welfare Association and the Council of Social Work Education.

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