Miriam Deitsch has been a member of the Farmingdale State College Community since 1977. She is the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor. Earning her Ph.D. from New York University, she has served the campus for the last thirty-four years in many capacities, currently as Director of the Social Science Research Institute (formerly known as Social Science Research Center), which Dr. Deitsch opened in 2004. Service to others and improvement of the human condition form the basis of Dr. Miriam Deitsch's personal philosophy. In 1997 she received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York; in 2000 with the American Heart Association's Volunteer of the Year Award; in 2003 was named Woman of the Year in Education by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women.Among her publications, she writes books for her Silver Story Book Series—a series of books for which Dr. Deitsch holds a registered trademark and is about and for the senior population.