Social Science Research Institute Director
Miriam K. Deitsch, PhD
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Director, Social Science Research Institute
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 at the College. Earning her PhD from New York University, she has served the campus for the thirty-eight years in many capacities, currently as Director of the Social Science Research Institute with its three Centers: The Center for Social Justice, The Center for Civic Engagement and Service, and The Center for Information in the Public Interest. Service to others and improvement of the human condition form the basis of Dr. Miriam Deitsch's personal philosophy. The Social Science Research Institute receives support for her social justice work in collaboration with community-based organizations, from the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund at the New York Community Trust and the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Through these funds and those provided by the support of Farmingdale State College and the State University of New York, the Institute provides student internships and fellowships for work with the not for profit and non- governmental organizations. Additionally, the Institute sponsors social justice research, conferences, summits, colloquia, difficult dialogues, and a variety of programs designed to foster a desire to serve and improve the human condition through recognition of and sensitivity to the myriad social justice problems and critical issues that prevail throughout our local and global Community.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Long Island, the College of Advisors of Erase Racism, and the Advisory Board of the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center, where she was honored for exemplary service at its recognition ceremony. Most recently, Dr. Deitsch was selected as one of the recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award for exceptional service in honor of "The Beautiful Nine" presented by the Hollywood Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral. She also served 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. 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 Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her Pathways and Undeclared Major students have moved on to productive, extraordinary, and engaged lives. Being with students still tops the list of Dr. Deitsch's favorite activities.
The Social Science Research Institute opened in 2004 as the Social Science Research Center with a mission to engage in community service, ethics in fostering scientific and social advances, and a triennial research theme. The SSRC had been addressing the critical areas of energy independence, energy educational programs, and the promotion of ("green") alternative, renewable energies. Dr. Deitsch served 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. She 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 Social Science Research Institute , Dr. Deitsch also designs research projects and mentors students at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School and Schools throughout the State 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, philanthropy, and humanitarianism.
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 providing support with career and educational issues, particularly career trauma resolution in these critical economic times. She also 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. 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, Jacob, and new twins, Veronica and Connor, are her six cherished grandchildren who add immeasurable joy to a rich and full life.