The T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children, youth, and families through innovative inter-disciplinary research, instructional excellence, and active community involvement. We strive to be a leader in fusing basic and applied research and in translating scientific knowledge into solutions for pressing problems related to children, youth, families.
As we enter a new century and millennium, individuals, families, societies and entire populations are faced with fast-paced and complex changes. Although change has always been part of human life, the scope and speed of change has increased dramatically-and likely will continue to do so. Technological, political, economic, health, social, educational and cultural forces interact in complex ways to shape human and family life. Additionally, transformations in families, schools, and neighborhoods that are caused by larger social and cultural forces affect the people who comprise or reside in them. As part of the New American University, the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University is designed to be a leader in addressing the most important issues facing individuals as they cope with changes in their lives.
To accomplish these general goals, the faculty of in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Dynamics have knowledge and experience in many dimensions of individual development and family systems and bring expertise on the biological, psychological, social, cultural, educational, and relational aspects of human and family life. Thus, at its core, the school's faculty represent a body of science, instruction, and service that strives to transcend traditional boundaries and approaches to understanding the interfaces of human development, family life, and the broader social context.
The T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics is designed to be a center for organizing and supporting bold and innovative thinking that encourages scholars and students to think in novel and visionary ways. As such, the school is viewed as an academic unit that is defined by its enabling and facilitative capacities rather than by disciplinary or content-driven boundaries. Consequently, we are in a position to become an eminently powerful force and driver for:
- Contributing knowledge about human development, family dynamics, and social environments through interdisciplinary basic and applied research and related scholarly activities.
- Promoting the welfare and health of children, youth, and families from all cultural backgrounds.
- Preparing graduate students for leadership in research, teaching, business, and outreach roles.
- Contributing to the development of undergraduate students who will be well-prepared to pursue professional careers and graduate education.
- Collaborating within and outside the university in fostering an appreciation of the role that knowledge and science can play in solving critical social problems.
Our goal is for the School to continue to be a national and international leader in changing the ways academic units ask questions, develop and employ scientific methods and technologies, train and educate students, and interact with the broader social community. Together with faculty and program affiliates from across ASU and from other institutions of higher education, and from the local, national, and international community, the school has become a center of excellence for the study and advancement of the most important and valued aspects of human life - namely, our children, youth, and families.