Faculty Profiles

Jessica S. Klein

Associate Professor
Sociology

Blodgett Hall Room 102g
516.877.4942
516.877.4717
KLEIN@ADELPHI.EDU
http://​www.​creatingcompassionatecommunities.​com

General Information

Diplomas/Degrees

Diplomas/Degrees

PHD: SOCIOLOGY, CUNY GRADUATE CENTER, New York, NY (2002)

MSW, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, NEW YORK, NY (1995)

M.ED. , UNIVERSITY OF MASS/AMHERST; Amherst, MA (1989)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

Facilitator Course and 80 hours toward certification: Non-violent Communication (NVC), 2008 to present.

Conflict resolution and mediation, 1989-1990
Conflict Resolution Certification from: Brooklyn Mediation Center (1989); Children’s Aid Society (1989); Victim Services Agency, Project SMART (1989).

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

When I see students' eyes light up, enthusiastically engage a new issue, or make intellectual connections, I feel thrilled.

I try to help students love ideas and enjoy engaging new perspectives with unexpected or surprising insights.

Among other topics, I write and teach about school shootings and the role of gender, including how recent massacres magnify the daily gay-bashing, sexual harassment, racial harassment, dating violence, and other forms of bullying students experience everyday across the nation.

I often share my own long-term work experience with these issues (also including: gangs, substance abuse, and other related difficulties) in New York City public schools where I served as a conflict resolution coordinator, social worker, teacher, and administrator for eleven years.

Through discussions, student and professor presentations, fiction and non-fiction film, group work, and individual inquiry, I hope students find the study of sociology and criminology fascinating and relevant to their lives. I also hope that examining the role of social pressures on contemporary problems and learning and practicing empathy-building skills inspires compassion, and a confidence in one's own ability to constructively impact the world as well as smaller communities.

Currently, I am working on a book that examines causes for the rise in U.S. depression, anxiety, and social isolation and reports on my own and others' research on creating compassionate school communities. I founded and direct the creating compassionate communities program that operates in two NYC public schools: Pre K-8; and 9-12.

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