Dr. 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 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 Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and 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.
She serves on the Advisory Board of the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center where she was honored for twenty-five years of exemplary service at its recognition ceremony in May 2008. She also performs service on the board of directors of the American Heart Association where she was awarded their highest honor, the James W. Dowling Award for stimulating public support to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke in June 2007. Her contributions as the longest tenured member of the Advisory Board of the Veterinary Science Technology program at Suffolk Community College have been honored as well. Dr. Deitsch's many other extraordinary achievements and contributions were recognized throughout the years-- in 1997 when 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; her State University of New York Board of Trustees 2002 appointment to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor, and in 2003 being named Woman of the Year in Education by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women.
At the State University of New York at Farmingdale, Dr. Deitsch has mentored thousands of students while serving as Chairperson of the Department of College Studies/Pathways, the Undeclared Major, two programs she designed to meet special needs of students, and the outstanding Department of Sociology and Anthropology which she presently chairs. Her Pathways and Undeclared Major students have moved on to productive, extraordinary, and engaged lives, and Dr. Dr. Deitsch cherishes all of her experiences as the chair for twenty eight years of the Department of College Studies. Chairing the Sociology and Anthropology Department has been a very rewarding experience for Dr. Deitsch. She has the opportunity to work with very talented faculty and meet students from all curricula throughout the College. Being with students still tops the list of Dr.Deitsch's favorite activities. .
The Institute opened in 2004 with a mission to engage in community service, ethics in fostering scientific, and social advances, and a triennial research theme which is currently alternative energy. The Social Science Research Institute has been addressing the critical areas of energy independence, energy educational programs, and the promotion of ("green") alternative energies. Dr. Deitsch serves as liaison to Congressman Israel for the Next Generation Energy Security Task Force and has worked with the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) in planning the New York State Green Building Summit featuring Governor Spitzer and Congressman Israel which was held at Farmingdale on October 15th, 2007. Dr. Deitsch accepted the appointment to Co Chair the Community Outreach Committee of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center of SUNY Stony Brook and has served on the Planning and Scientific Advisory Committees of the Center's Advanced Energy Conferences.In her role as Director of the Center for Social Science Research, Dr. Deitsch also designs research projects and mentors students at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, where students are recognized for their outstanding scholarship and research by Intel, Siemens, and all local, state, national and world, competitions. Dr. Deitsch is a member of Farmingdale's Institutional Review Board whose mission is to protect human subjects, and she is engaged in research concerning the correlates of volunteerism.
As President of Miriam K. Deitsch, Ph.D. Counseling and Consulting Associates, founded in 1974, Dr. Deitsch's primary focus is helping people make effective major life decisions and provide support with career and educational issues, particularly career trauma resolution in these critical economic times. Among her publications, she writes books for her Silver Story Book Series,aseries of books for which Dr. Deitsch holds a registered trademark and is about and for the senior population.
Dr. Deitsch has three children in whom she takes great pride—Deborah, an attorney, Matthew, a successful entrepreneur, and Richard, a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated. Shayna, Matthew, Corinne and Jacob are her four wonderful grandchildren who add immeasureable joy to a rich and full life.