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.

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


Kristen Reid Salomon, M.Ed. (she/her/hers)
Assistant Dean of Students
School of Social Service Administration

Dean of Students Office Staff:

Sara Furr

Sara Furr, Dean of Students 

 Kristen Reid-Solomon

Kristen Reid Salomon, Assistant Dean of Students, Room W14

-- Leads academic advising, tracks individual progress toward degree completion, and offers guidance on course planning for Full-Time, Joint Degree and continuing EEP 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.)
--Manage community building and inclusion, equity, and diversity (IED) programming

Michael Jogerst

Michael Jogerst, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services, Room W16

-- 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 W16

-- Hires, supports and supervises student recruiter staff and student volunteers within the Student Recruiter Program/Student Ambassador Program
-- Coordinates and executes on and off campus recruitment events
-- Maintains and develops relationships with external and internal partners including the representation of SSA and the University at national and local graduate fairs, conferences and presentations
-- Recruits, retains and admits a diverse class of graduate students through outreach by phone, e-mail, in person contact and virtual options
 Sarah Hyde

Sarah Hyde, Assistant Director of Admissions, Room BW13B

-- Meets with prospective students both on campus and nationwide at graduate fairs to discuss SSA
-- Assists students with the application process
-- Presents program information at on campus information sessions
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
 Alex Laguna

Alexandra LagunaStudent Affairs Specialist, Room W19

-- Doctoral program administrator
-- Career Services support
-- Administer and advise program of study students
-- Advisor for part-time day students
-- International Student Services and programming
-- Hooding Ceremony & Reception coordination
Nerissa Osby

Nerissa Osby, Sr. Fiscal Assistant, Room W20

-- 1st year EEP student advisor
-- Student account advisor; troubleshoots questions related to tuition aid, financial aid, stipend/fees, outside funding and student accounts and student travel reimbursements
-- Works with SGA and SSA Student Organizations to approve and plan programs and events
-- Works with Assistant Dean of Students to address and troubleshoot accessibility needs and accommodations
-- Coordinates EEP and International Student Services
-- Coordinates New Student Orientation and UPass Program
-- Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (IED) Programming
 Alexandria Springer

Alexandria Springer, Project Assistant, DOS Reception Desk

-- Office Coordinator for Office of the Dean of Students
-- Manages calendar of Dean and Assistant Dean of Students
-- Assists Assistant Dean of Students with registration, convocation, and Hooding Ceremony
-- Point person for certifying academic credentials for state licensures