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Customized Graduate and Career Development Programs for Business, Education and Non-Profit Organizations

Stony Brook University has a national reputation as a distinguished research institution, but we are also a leader in providing professional education and training. We collaborate with businesses and organizations to create customized on-site graduate and non-credit training opportunities designed to help organizations accomplish their strategic objectives. Courses are can be delivered on-site, online, in one of Stony Brook University's campus locations, or in any combination.

Case Study

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) is a human services organization that supports 4,500 individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. FREE employs 2,400 direct service providers, managers and administrative staff.  FREE's president, Dr. Christopher Long,  worked with SPD's Assistant Dean Carolyn Jankowski to develop programs that would   enhance the skills and knowledge of staff, increase retention, and fulfill FREE's mission of re-engineering itself to become a learning organization.  This  award-winning collaboration  produced customized  graduate and non-credit programs that were offered to FREE's team members on-site at their Bethpage offices and at Stony Brook Southampton. In the video below, Dr. Long discusses how the collaboration has addressed FREE's strategic goals and staff members talk about the value of a having customized graduate program available to them at their workplace.


The Team

Our team of experts will collaborate with you to create programs that are specific to your organization's immediate needs and long-term strategic goals.

Carolyn Jankowski


Carolyn Jankowski is the Assistant Dean for Human Services programs, where she develops on-site graduate and career development training programs for non-profit organizations. Her career in higher education administration has been dedicated to institutional growth in areas of continuing education, lifelong learning, and enrollment, contributing her expertise in curriculum management, program development and systems design. She has also collaborated on SBU lifelong learning awards, including two $1 million endowments from the Bernard Osher Foundation and the Association for Continuing and Higher Education (ACHE) 2010 Older Adult Model Program. In her new role, she has received regional and national recognition with agency partner Family Residences and Essential Enterprises through the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) earning the Mid-Atlantic Region 2016 Engagement Award and the   2017 UPCEA National Engagement Award.

Carolyn donates her time to a number of human services organizations and has served on school district policy boards. She is currently the UPCEA Mid-Atlantic Region Treasurer. Carolyn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership from St. Joseph’s College and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University.

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Amy Margolies


Amy Margolies is the Assistant Director of the Career Development at the SPD. In this position, she is responsible for researches new programmatic opportunities. Amy develops, plans, and implements professional development and/or Corporate and Contract Training. Amy overseeing daily operations of the unit including program scheduling, registration, student completions, maintenance of our face-to-face and online programs/students and financial tracking.

She also serves as campus liaison for the Stony Brook Chapter of the International Educational Association of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK).

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and history and a Master of Professional Studies in human resource management – both degrees completed at Stony Brook University.

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Craig Markson


Dr. Craig Markson is an Assistant Dean, Director of the Teachers Professional Development Institute, and Acting Director of Stony Brook's Educational Leadership Program. He is responsible for establishing off-campus graduate programs that meet the professional development needs of in-service K-12 teachers. Dr. Markson serves on many school district policy boards as well as on the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Accreditation for Growth Council.

Dr. Markson earned his two master's degrees (history and human resource management) at Stony Brook University, and his EdD from Dowling College in Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology.

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Jeff Warren


Jeff Warren is the program Director for Design Thinking at Stony Brook University, is a creative and innovative thinker who uses a Design Thinking approach to help businesses, schools, and institutions explore possibilities of what could be – and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end-user. He has over 30 years of leadership and innovation experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, with a focus on business and technology. Jeff has a successful track record of using creativity and innovation to unlock the potential found within people to help them think differently and design solutions that meet the unmet needs of their customers.

Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Hofstra University and a Certificate of Professional Development from Wharton School of Management, University of Pennsylvania. He received his training in Design Thinking at Stanford University. Jeff is a guest lecturer and speaker and works in an advisory capacity for start-ups in the technology sector. He is also the founder and president of the Barkley Consulting Group, a management consulting firm that combines real-world experience with thought leadership to bring transformative solutions to organizations. 

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