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About Jason Ostrander

Jason Ostrander, Ph.D., MSW is Assistant Professor of Social Work and the Social Work Online Education Coordinator in the College of Health Professions at Sacred Heart University. Research and practice focuses on the political participation of social workers, social and economic justice, program evaluation, and policy implications relating to vulnerable populations.


August 2017 - Present Assistant Professor & Online Education Coordinator, Sacred Heart University Social Work Department, College of Arts and Sciences
2017 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Smith College ‐ School of Social Work
2016 Course Lead, Simmons College ‐ School of Social Work
2015 Adjunct Faculty, Springfield College - Springfield, MA ‐ School of Social Work
2015 Research Advisor, Smith College ‐ School of Social Work
2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
2012 Adjunct Faculty, Elms College
2012 Adjunct Faculty, University of Connecticut ‐ School of Social Work

Curriculum Vitae



2018 - Present Developing Interacting Research Modules for Online Courses
Wiley Education Services
Wiley Education Services Enhancement Grant
Role: Co-Principle Investigator
Colleague(s): Dr. Jennifer Wilson and Urszula Lechtenberg
2018 - Present “Listen…… and I will tell you a story”
Sacred Heart University
University Research and Creativity Grants Program
Role: Co-Principle Investigator
Colleague(s): Dr. Amanda Moras, Dr. Elizabeth Allen, and Kate Kelly, MSW
2019 - 2020 Under Review: SHU Social Work Policy Practice Academy
Sacred Heart University
Academics for Creative Teaching Grants Program
Role: Co-Principle Investigator
Colleague(s): Dr. Jill Manit
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Chair, Webinar Planning Subcommittee, Influencing Social Policy
2018 - Present Member, Delegate Assembly, National Association of Social Workers
2017 - Present Member, Board of Directors, Berkshire United Way
2017 - Present Member, Early Childhood Impact Council, Berkshire United Way
2017 - Present Representative , Board of Directors, Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Work
2017 - Present Advisory Board Member, Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work
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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Outstanding Student Award, Association for Community Organizing & Social Administration
  • 2004 Marguerite O. Carson Award, Elms College's Social Work Department
  • 2001 Human Service Award, Berkshire Community College's Human Service Program
  • 2012, 2013, 2015 Mary E. Sterling Scholarship
  • 2014, 2015 Vicki and Michael Konover Scholarship
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work
  • 2018 Wiley Faculty Fellowship


  • Specialized Practice II
  • Supervised Research Practicum
  • Social Work Research Methods
  • Social Welfare Policy I
  • Social Welfare Policy II
  • Human Diversity and Social Justice
  • Introduction to Social Work


2012 - 2016 Ph.D. Social Work, University of Connecticut ‐ School of Social Work
2004 - 2005 M.S.W., University of Connecticut ‐ School of Social Work
2001 - 2003 B.S.W., College of Our Lady of the Elms
1999 - 2002 A.S. Human Services, Berkshire Community College

Contact Information

Phone: 203-396-6338

Social Work 
Roncalli Hall 256B
College of Arts and Sciences 


Peer Reviewed Publications (9)

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications (2)

Dissertation (1)

Peer Reviewed Poster Presentation (4)

Peer Reviewed Conference Presentation (9)