Customized Graduate and Career Development Programs for Business, Education and Non-Profit
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 employers to create customized on-site graduate and non-credit training opportunities
designed to accomplish their strategic objectives. Courses can be delivered on-site,
online, in one of Stony Brook University's campus locations, or in any combination.
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.
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
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 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.
Amy Margolies is the Assistant Director of Career Development programs at SPD. In
this position, she is responsible for researching new programmatic opportunities.
Amy develops, plans, and implements professional development and/or corporate and
contract training. Amy oversees 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.
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.