Faculty

"Significant progress towards a more equitable, just society  
requires thoughtful integration of the public and private 
sectors and well-equipped leaders to design, negotiate, 
and implement solutions that are designed collaboratively 
with the community.” - Leslie Starsoneck

"Significant progress towards a more equitable, just society
requires thoughtful integration of the public and private
sectors and well-equipped leaders to design, negotiate,
and implement solutions that are designed collaboratively
with the community.” - Leslie Starsoneck

Leslie Starsoneck, M.A.
Program Director, Master of Public Administration (Online)

Like many students, faculty and staff at Adler, I was drawn to the University because of its mission.  The need for social justice is as great today as it has ever been, and the solutions complex.  Significant progress towards a more equitable, just society requires thoughtful integration of the public and private sectors and well-equipped leaders to design, negotiate, and implement solutions that are designed collaboratively with the community. 

I have spent most of my professional years as a practitioner and bring that perspective and real-life experience to the coursework and in my choice of faculty.  I want students to have a stellar educational experience that grounds them in necessary history, theory and concepts, and prepares them to implement effectively and be great leaders. Students are afforded an opportunity to practice their skills in both the Capstone and the Social Justice Practicum.

I look to students to serve as educators and classroom leaders in their engagement with faculty as well as their peers.  Interacting respectfully and meaningfully online are important ingredients to a solid education experience and a responsibility that is shared by all. 

My professional background includes working as a consultant to government agencies as well as small and medium sized nonprofits; serving as a director of a state commission and state agency; and training in program evaluation and organizational assessment methodologies.

Please email me if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • M.A. in Social Work Administration, Policy and Planning from the University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. in Psychology from State University of New York at Potsdam
  • Certificate, Excellence in Nonprofit Governance certificate program at Harvard Business School
  • Program Return on Investment, Senior Trainer, Saint Wall Street, LLC

Select Publications

  • Strong Fathers Program, Facilitator’s Manual, Ake George, PhD., Bauman, Katie, LCSW, and Starsoneck, Leslie MSC, Center for Child and Family Health 2008.
  • Wasilewski, Murphy, Starsoneck, Samuels, Potter, Foster and Schmid, chapter published in Innovations in Child and Family Policy: Multidisciplinary Research and Perspectives on Strengthening Children and Their Families, edited by Emily Douglas, Lexington Books, 2010
  • “Pennell, J., Sanders, T., Rikard, RV, Shepherd, J., & Starsoneck, L. (2013). Family violence, fathers, and restoring personhood. Restorative Justice, 1(2), 268-289. doi: 10.5235/2050472.1.1.2.1
  • “Speaking Out” published in Cure, Summer 2010
  • Judicial Guide for District Courts:  Domestic Violence Best Practices for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (2010)
  • Exploring Alternatives for Improving Child Support Application Filing Rates within the Context of 50B Domestic Violence Protective Orders, co-author with the North Carolina Criminal Justice Analysis Center, Governor’s Crime Commission, NC Crime Control and Public Safety, published in Children and Youth Services Review 30 (2008) 821-833.