Meet Our Students & Faculty
Thank you for your interest in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stevenson University where our motto is: Complex Problems. Diverse Perspectives. Creative Solutions.
Our students major in Criminal Justice, English Language and Literature, Human Services, Psychology, Public History, and Theatre and Media Performance. We also house Stevenson’s unique Interdisciplinary Studies major, which allows students to combine their strengths and interests into a flexible, customized program of study.
Students in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences participate in integrated learning within their chosen major while also receiving academic and career preparation through a range of experiential learning opportunities. They put theory into practice as they pursue their passions, gaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities to identify problems, ask brave questions, and formulate solutions. Alongside their traditional coursework, our students partner with faculty on research studies, undertake field placements and internships, produce a digital arts and culture magazine, and perform in Stevenson’s theatre productions. They leave Stevenson as creative and critical thinkers, prepared for a wide range of careers as social organizers, teachers, writers, entrepreneurial theatre artists, and counselors, among many others.
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is an energetic, innovative community comprised of dedicated faculty and engaged students. I invite you to learn more about the excellent programs and exciting opportunities in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stevenson University.
Cheryl A. Wilson, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
“My favorite part about the human services program is the opportunity I have to apply the skills that I have learned in class. The major gives students the opportunities to work in their field of choice from a very early stage in the program,” says Kim. “After graduation I want to pursue a graduate degree in Behavioral Analysis and eventually go on to work for the Federal Government. I believe that SU has prepared me to reach my goals by offering many resources for soon to be graduates such as resume workshops and job fairs.”
Kim works in the admissions office and takes part in multiple internships, including Our Daily Bread and the Maryland Book Bank, in Baltimore City. “I am confident upon graduation that I will have the skills necessary to set myself apart in the job market.”
Diamonique is currently a senior environmental science student, who serves as vice president of the environmental club and a member of four academic honor societies.
“My favorite thing about SU is the encouraging faculty. I am thankful that many of my professors have taken the time to find out my interests, encourage me to do things out of my comfort zone, and acknowledge my accomplishments.”
Diamonique participated in a 10-week research internship in Puerto Rico where she studied the size class distribution of Pterocarpus officinalis, a wetland tree, between two wetland forest stands and assessed the progress of a near 25 years old restoration project. “From my research experience on and off campus and hosting community events, I’ve learned that I must help bridge the gap between the scientific community and the public so that everyone can see the value of protecting the environment.”
Rojesh is an international student from Kathmandu, Nepal who came to the U.S. to study biology.
“Biology covers a very diverse field of study,” Rojesh says. “I am planning to apply to a M.D/Ph.D. program after I graduate. SU has helped me a lot in providing valuable research experience and has helped me to stay focused. The community is very friendly and everybody has a special connection to each other. Throughout my time here I have met some of the most wonderful people.” Rojesh works in the lab of Dr. Wendy Kimber investigating the role of ubiquitination gene in C. elegans and mouse embryonic stem cells, while also volunteering in a clinic where he’s able to help out health care providers and patients. Being an international student has been a rich experience for Rojesh, helping him to develop new perspectives in his personal and professional career.
“My favorite part about the middle school education program is definitely the experience that I receive through field placement,” Emilee says. “We have the opportunity to go into the classroom and observe as well as teach the students. My major has definitely solidified my passions and has made me so excited for the rest of my life as an educator.”
Along with her major, Emilee is the President of the Student Government Association, the co-chair for Relay For Life, and a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary. “I like that there is so much room for growth at Stevenson University. There is room to grow in academics and room to grow socially with the opportunities that are provided by athletics with sports and intermural, as well as Student Activities with clubs and organizations.”
Jahi is a film and moving image major and chose Stevenson University because of the advanced technology and software found on the School of Design campus, as well as the Career Services program that gives students the push needed towards their future occupation. “My favorite part of my major is the fact that I’m able to collaborate and share ideas with my fellow classmates. I feel that it advances my creativity and encourages me to have an open mind of others' ideas.” The classes offered in his major taught Jahi the value of communicating with others and helping others as a team.
Zuryna is a senior business communication major and is enrolled in the B.S. to M.S. program for communication studies so that she can obtain her Masters of Science by May 2017. “My favorite part about the Business Communication major is the diverse courses that are offered. We are able to take courses ranging from design to international business. All of the skills that we learn make us more competitive in the workforce and opens a lot of doors when looking for jobs and internships.”
Alongside working in the Admissions office, she is the Senior Class Representative of the Student Government Association, a Resident Assistant in the apartments, and a member of the communications honor society Lambda Pi Eta. “I feel at home here at Stevenson. I genuinely feel that my advisors, professors, and supervisors want me to succeed in everything that I do.” Zuryna also liked that there was a strong focus on career architecture and an entire office dedicated to learning beyond the classroom.
“My favorite part about the criminal justice program was having professors with years of experience in the field they are teaching in,” Diamond says. “Some of my professors have been a lawyer, police officer, hostage negotiator, policy maker, correctional officer, and a crime scene investigator.”
Nel had an internship with the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. Over the course of six months, she had the opportunity to work with their Quality Assurance, Crime Scene, Questioned Document/Trace Evidence, Photography, and Biology units. Her plan is to begin graduate school at SU in the Forensic Studies program. “The B.S. to M.S. program has allowed me to take some of my graduate courses already which will save me time and money in the long run!”
“The nursing program is outstanding,” Valerie says. “The teachers are so passionate about the profession and I love how excited they still get about being a nurse. It makes me even more confident in my major and what I want to do in the future.”
Valerie plans to work in a hospital for about a year or two after graduation with a concentration on intensive care or trauma. Later, she hopes to go back to school to get her Master’s and become a traveling nurse/nurse practitioner. SU has many networking connections with outstanding hospitals in the area. I know I will get the best education out of Stevenson.”
Stevenson University has announced the appointment of Jeanne Geiger-Brown, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, as Founding Dean of Stevenson’s new School of Health Professions, the University’s seventh academic school. Geiger-Brown will embark on her role as Dean and as Chief Administrator of Nursing on April 18.
Geiger-Brown has served an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, teaching undergraduate and graduate students for the last 14 years. She has conducted extensive research in the area of occupational sleep deficiency and served as the Assistant Dean for Research for the school. She has extensive background in nursing accreditation. A graduate of Temple University, Geiger-Brown holds a B.S. in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, an M.S. in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
“Stevenson is privileged to have attracted an internationally known scholar and leader in nursing education as the Founding Dean for the new School of Health Professions,” said Paul Lack, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Dr. Geiger-Brown’s background in research, teaching, clinical work, and accreditation will be an enormous asset for the growth or our School as we work to recruit more students and new faculty.”
Geiger-Brown is internationally known for her research on the adverse outcomes of occupational sleep deficiency. Her work in the area of sleep research has been used to enhance patient safety and quality of care as well as improve the health and safety of nurses. She has raised public awareness about fatigue among nurses working long shifts as well as healthcare practices and policies regarding nurse work schedules. Her research studies have resulted in the adoption of limits on the number of consecutive 12-hour shifts in some hospitals and the use of brief naps to reduce fatigue and sleepiness during the night shift.
“I am very pleased to join Stevenson University and work with the faculty as the founding Dean of the School of Health Professions,” said Geiger-Brown. “Opportunities for careers in the health professions have never been brighter, and the Stevenson faculty are highly committed to the success of each student.”
The School of Health Professions encompasses Stevenson’s nursing program as well as its rapidly growing medical laboratory science major. Both programs will take residence in Stevenson’s new Academic Center, slated to open for the fall semester in August 2016 on the University’s Owings Mills North Campus.
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.