Susanne Bleiberg Seperson

Susanne Bleiberg Seperson
Chair, Dept. of Sociology/ Professor of Sociology



SUSANNE BLEIBERG SEPERSON, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Dowling College, Oakdale, New York and the Chair of the Long Island Chapter of the New York State Intergenerational Network.  She received her graduate degree from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  She is a past president of the New York State Sociological Association and past president of the Dowling College Chapter of New York State United Teachers faculty union.


Dr. Bleiberg Seperson has received grants from the United Nations Academic Impact Program (UNAI/Yad Vashem), National Institute of Mental Health, the International Research Exchange (IREX) Foundation, and the Foundation for Long Term Care.  She was honored by the New York State United Teachers union as a Higher Education Member of the Year in 2003, received the Ph.D. Alumni Association Special Achievement Award from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2005, and was honored by the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation at their Annual Remembrance Ball for her work with Dowling’s Intergenerational Center in 2010.  In 2012 she was honored to be asked to serve as a representative of Generations United, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, a position she still holds.  In 2012 she also received a grant to participate in a United Nations Academic Impact Program on Holocaust history at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel.


Dr. Bleiberg Seperson is also the co-editor of Elder Care and Service Learning: A Handbook, and past Executive Editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Studies. She has been a member of evaluation teams of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as an outside evaluator at numerous colleges.


She enjoys teaching face to face, online, and experiential courses introducing students to the fields of sociology, social work, and gerontology, and especially research methods as well as a new course she developed on the Sociology of the Holocaust and Genocide.

  • SOC 1001A – Introduction to Sociology I: Social Processes
  • SOC 1002C – Introduction to Sociology II: Social Institutions
  • SOC 2051C – Social Problems in American Society
  • SOC 2101C – Self & Society I: Foundations of Social Theory
  • SOC 3021A – Research Methods
  • SOC 3162C – Sociology of the Holocaust & Genocide
  • SWK 4195N – Social Work Practicum I
  • SWK 4196N – Social Work Practicum II