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


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 selection for Full-Time Students and joint-degree
-- 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 
Mary Debose

Mary Debose, Assistant Director of Admissions, Room BW 13-A

-- Manages the Campus Visit Program which includes the hiring, training and supervision of SSA student ambassadors
-- Collaborates with the Director of Admissions and the admissions team to coordinate and implement on and off campus recruitment events
   (locally and nationally) to recruit, engage and admit a diverse class of SSA students. This includes class presentations, information
   sessions/open houses, individual meetings and graduate fair exhibits
-- Supports and implements the goals of the admission team from inquiry to application to admission

 Theodore Barnes

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

Sarina Carrillo

Sarina Carrillo, Admissions Specialist, 064A, Basement NW

-- Processes applications to both the master’s and doctoral programs
-- Compiles materials for the application review process as well as materials needed for incoming students;
   updates information in appropriate databases
-- Runs reports necessary for the Dean of Students and the Office of Field Education for assignment of field placements of incoming students 
-- Administers the DOS Facebook group for incoming students and maintains the admissions section of the SSA website
Nerissa Osby

Nerissa Osby, Student Engagement Coordinator, Room W20

-- EEP Student advisor
-- Works with SGA and SSA Student Organizations to approve and plan events
-- Works with Assistant Dean of Students to address and troubleshoot accessibility needs and accommodations
-- Student Recognition Ceremony
-- Develops and implements holistic programming for students
 Alexandria Springer

Alexandria Springer, Office Manager, Room W47

-- Office Coordinator for Office of the Dean of Students
-- Manages communication for Dean of Students office
-- Supports Assistant Dean of Students with registration, convocation, and Hooding Ceremony
-- Point person for certifying academic credentials for state licensures
-- Coordinates U-Pass Program