Ellen J. Benjamin is a member of the DePaul University faculty, serving as an Associate Professor. She earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from The University of Michigan and her Doctorate in Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago.
For more than 30 years she has been involved in advocacy work on social causes, having served as an employee and trustee of nonprofit organizations and directed philanthropic institutions within Chicago. Her current volunteer work includes services on the Board of Directors of The Chicago Foundation for Women. During the 1998/99 academic year Dr. Benjamin taught courses on nonprofit management and women's studies as a Visiting Scholar in Turkey, through the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department's Fulbright Commission.
In 2003 she spent a semester abroad, again with Fulbright sponsorship, joining the social work faculty at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. And during 2008 the Fulbright Commission sponsored Dr. Benjamin to teach at Mongolian State University of Education's Social Work School.