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Shantih Clemans

Shantih E. Clemans, who joined SUNY Empire in 2011 as a faculty mentor in Community and Human Services in the Brooklyn location, has experience in teaching, mentoring, and faculty development. With a prior professional career in social work, specifically in the practice areas of trauma and group work, Shantih has offered many studies to Community and Human Services students that pulled from her direct work in the social work field.  She has published and presented on topics including group work with survivors of trauma, vicarious traumatization of social workers, staff supervision, cultural competency, faculty development, and the complexity, nuances and rewards of teaching and mentoring adult students.  She is the former Director of the Center for Mentoring, Learning and Academic Innovation (CMLAI).

Her most recent project is In our Bones, a cross genre, auto ethnographic memoir where she collaborated with her mother, Paula Alida Roy on their shared love of teaching and the family path (ups and downs) that led them there. In our Bones combines Shantih's other passion: drawing, as well as Paula and Shantih's reflections on family photographs and pencil drawings.

Shantih (with Alan Mandell) co-founded and now leads a regular Open Mic discussion group for nee faculty across SUNY. 



  • B.A. in Social Work from Hood College
  • M.S.W. in Social Welfare from University at Albany - State University of New York


  • Clemans, S.E. (2018). On love and learning: Reflections of a white professor "teaching" black adult students. Dialogues in Social Justice.
  • Clemans, S.E. (2016). Caring attention: What is "good enough" mentoring at ESC? All About Mentoring, #49.
  • Clemans, S.E. (2016). Group work with intimate partner violence survivors. In G. Greif & C. Knight (Eds). Group work with vulnerable populations, 4th Edition, Oxford University Press.
  • Clemans, S.E., Mandell, A. & Wright, A.J. (Winter, 2016). Brown bag on mentoring practices. All About Mentoring, #48. Boyce, F.A. and Clemans, S.E. (Summer 2015). "The struggle to be critically conscious" Two mentors in conversation. All About Mentoring. #47.
  • Clemans, S.E. (2011). The purpose, benefits, and challenges of "check-in" in a group work class. Social Work with groups, 34: 121-140. Clemans, S.E. (2004). Life changing: The experience of rape crisis work. Affilia: Journal of Women in Social Work, 19(2), 146-159.