Sharon E. Milligan, PhD, MSW, MPH

Associate Professor
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Sharon E. Milligan is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Interim Dean in Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chair of the Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) / Master of Social Work (MSW) program, Chair of the Master in Nonprofit Management Organizations (MNO) program, and Associate Professor of Social Work. She was also the Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

Milligan has taught graduate courses in community development, social welfare policy and research methodology, and directed a study to uncover technology for evaluating conditions and assets in low-income communities. She has also lead several funded research projects focusing on health and minorities.

A contributor of scholarly articles to professional literature, Milligan’s publications appear in Women and Health, The New England Journal of Medicine, Controlled Clinical Trials, Social Work in Health Care, The Gerontologist, Ethnicity and Disease, Community Mental Health Journal and Arthritis Care and Research.

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Information

Courses Taught

SASS 470. Introduction to Social Policy Urban Poverty
SASS 532. Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Urban Poverty
  • Evaluation of Neighborhood Change Initiatives
  • Systems Change Research 

Recent Funding

Rejuvenating Reminiscence: Senior Storytellers & Student Biographers
Faculty Mentor (MSSA Thesis: David Harris Student)
MacGregor Foundation

NPI (Reform Initiative) CanDo Database
Project Director (Co‐Project Director: Robert Fischer)
Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

Strategic Investment Initiative Support
Project Director (Co‐Project Director: Robert Fischer)
Neighborhood Progress, Inc.


Milligan, S. (2010). The Joint Degree in Social Work and Business Administration at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.: A Case Study. Social Welfare Research Bulletin. Special Issue, 3(21), 57–69.


Doctor of Philosophy
University of Pittsburgh
Master of Social Work
University of Illinois at Chicago
Master of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Bachelor of Arts
Spelman College

Additional Information


  • Masters of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Undergraduate Minor in Social Work
  • Health, Community Practice for Social Change


In the News

Grover C. Gilmore retires after 20 years as Mandel School dean and 46 years at CWRU
June 29, 2021

Sharon Milligan named interim dean of the Mandel School
June 23, 2021

David B. Miller appointed Associate Dean
May 5, 2021

Sharon E. Milligan appointed to Kendall Institute Advisory Board
July 1, 2020


MSSA to MSW Degree Transition Virtual Panel Discussion
May 17, 2021