SBS Committees

Personnel CommitteeGraduate Directors Council | Instructional Innovation Committee 
Dean's Research Council | Task Force on Student Success and Advising
Task Force on Priorities and Budget | Task Force on Promoting the Social Sciences

Personnel Committee

The SBS Personnel Committee has many annual duties as well as some case-by-case responsibilities. Each year, the committee is tasked with reviewing: exceptional merit awards (September); faculty tenure (November); promotion cases (January); and mini tenure cases (March). A sub-committee of the Personnel Committee meets in April to handle Periodic Multi-Year Review cases. Additionally, the committee reviews tenure with hire cases based on the hire date throughout the year and it reviews distinguished professorship cases based on when the individual cases are received throughout the year, if at all.

Name Title & Department Phone
Ventura Perez Associate Professor - Anthropology 413.577.0662
Leda Cooks Professor - Communication 413.545.2895
Gerald Epstein Professor - Economics 413.545.4815
Nicholas McBride Associate Professor - Journalism 413.545.5921
Ellen Pader Associate Professor - LARP 413.545.6620
Amel Ahmed Assistant Professor - Political Science 413.545.6187 
Enobong (Anna) Branch Associate Professor - Sociology 413.545.4069
John Stranlund Professor - Resource Economics 413.545.6328
Jennifer Lundquist, ex officio Associate Dean for Faculty Development 413.545.5977
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Graduate Directors Council

The Graduate Directors Council coordinates Methods course offerings and works together to support the SBS graduate student experience.

Name Title & Department Phone
Peter Haas Professor - Political Science 413.545.6174
Jarice Hanson Professor - Communication 413.545.3519
Brigitte Holt Associate Professor - Anthropology 413.545.0697
Arslan Razmi

Associate Professor - Economics

413.577.0785
Henry Renski Associate Professor - Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning 413.545.6638

John Spraggon

Associate Professor - Resource Economics 413.545.6651
Millie Thayer Associate Professor - Sociology 413.545.3577
Julie Caswell, Chair Associate Dean for Education and Student Development 413.545.5735
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Instructional Innovation Committee

The Instructional Innovation Committee is charged with enhancing and improving instruction and student learning in SBS.

Name Title & Department Phone
Mark Hamin Senior Lecturer - LARP 413.545.6608
Jarice Hanson Communication 413.545.3519
Raymond La Raja Associate Professor - Political Science 413.545.6182
Karen List Chair - Journalism 413.545.0546
Marta Murray-Close Assistant Professor - Economics 413.545.3412
Karen Schoenberger Assistant Dean - SBS 413.545.1753
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey Professor - Sociology 413.545.4070
Jackie Urla Professor - Anthropology 413.545.2869
Julie Caswell, Chair Associate Dean for Education and Student Development 413.545.5735
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Dean's Research Council

The Dean's Research Council offers three categories of grants to support research activities and career development. All ranks of tenure track faculty are eligible to apply to each category, and lecturers are eligible for the travel and conference/visitor grants. Applications to more than one category of award are allowed. A strong preference is given to generating new research activity. Applications are solicited twice per year and are due by electronic submission on October 1, 2013, and March 1, 2014.

Click here for more information about the grants available.

Name Title & Department Phone
Jennifer Lundquist, chair Associate Dean for Faculty Development 413.545.5977
Lynnette Sievert Professor - Anthropology 413.545.1379
Donal Carbaugh Professor - Communication 413.545.3585
James Boyce Professor - Economics 413.577.0816
Melissa Wooten Assistant Professor - Sociology 413.545.0577
Darrel Ramsey-Musolf Assistant Professor - LARP 413.545.6619
Maryann Barakso Associate Professor - Political Science 413.545.4363
Sheila Mammen Professor - Resource Economics 413.545.2470

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Task Force on Student Success and Advising

Associate Dean for Education and Student Development Julie Caswell is leading a group of faculty and staff to review and recommend changes to student success and advising college-wide. This includes possible reorgranization of the SBS Advising Center and examining appropriate roles for college and departmental staff in promoting student success. 

Name Title & Department Phone
Julie Caswell, chair Associate Dean for Education and Student Development 413.545.5735
Carolyn Bassett Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Advising 413.577.1057
Jackie Brousseau-Pereira Director of Student Success and Retention 413.545.3519
Diane Curtis Director of Pre-Law Advising 413.577.0396
Michelle Gonçalves Dir Admin & Research (Political Science) 413.545.2700
Elisabeth Hamin Department Head, LARP 413.577.4490
Lynn Phillips Chief Undergraduate Advisor (Communication) 413.545.3539
Raz Sibii Chief Undergraduate Advisor (Journalism) 413.545.1753
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Task Force on Priorities and Budget

SBS Director of Program and Budget Innovation Ray La Raja is leading a faculty group to identify college priorities and ensure that those values/priorities drive the implementation of the new budget system that may be adopted campus-wide.  As you can well imagine, budget models gone awry can drive institutional priorities, so this task force will be engaging faculty to explicate what we value and then ensuring that resource allocations and the budget model support and sustain our goals.

Name Title & Department Phone
Ray La Raja, chair Director of Program Innovation 413.545.6182
James Boyce Economics 413.577.0816
Kathy Forde Chair, Journalism 413.545.1376
Dan Lass Chair, Resource Economics 413.545.1501
Karen Schoenberger Assistant Dean 413.545.1753
Don Tomaskovic-Devey Sociology 413.545.4070
Jacqueline Urla Anthropology 413.545.2869
Emily West Communication 413.545.6345
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Task Force on Promoting the Social Sciences

ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr is heading a task force examining ways to promote the social sciences on- and off-campus.  The intention is to highlight the achievements and relevance of the various social sciences and SBS departments to society, such as a possible series of events supported by SBS but allowing departments to showcase each discipline's contributions to a particular theme, such as inequality, science and technology, gender, etc.  They will also make recommendations for future ways that we can build intellectual synergies among faculty in SBS departments and centers/institutes. 

Name Title & Department Phone
Laurel Smith-Doerr, chair Director, ISSR 413.545.5981
Michael Ash Chair, Economics 413.545.2590
Brenda Bushouse Political Science and Public Policy 413.545.1453
Janice Irvine Chair, Sociology 413.545.2926
Dan Lass Chair, Resource Economics 413.545.1501
Tom Leatherman Chair, Anthropology 413.545.5939
Karen List Journalism 413.545.5928
Katie McDermott Education and Public Policy 413.545.3562
Erica Scharrer Chair, Communication 413.545.6339
Eve Weinbaum Program Director, Labor Studies 413.577.0458
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