SBS Committees

Personnel CommitteeGraduate Directors Council | ​Undergraduate Curriculum 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. After the Personnel Committee review level, the cases are then reviewed separately by the Dean and the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development.

Name Title & Department Phone
Ventura Perez Associate Professor - Anthropology 413.577.0662
Anne Ceicko Professor - Communication 413.545.2895
Jerry Friedman 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 
Tom Juravich​ Associate Professor - Sociology 413.545.4069
John Stranlund Professor - Resource Economics 413.545.6328
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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 Department/Program Phone
Betsy Krause Anthropology 413.577.1205
Leda Cooks Communication 413.545.2895
Mwangi wa Githinji Economics 413.545.1373
Ethan Carr

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Henry Renski PhD Regional Planning 413.545.6638

Mark Hamin

Master of Regional Planning (MRP) 413.545.6608
Ellen Pader MRP/law dual degree 413.545.6620
Robert Ryan MRP/MLA dual degree program 413.545.6633
Peter Haas Political Science 413.545.6174

Lee Badgett 
Satu Zoller

Public Policy and Administration 413.545.3162
John Spraggon Resource Economics 413.545.6651
Millie Thayer Sociology 413.545.3577
Eve Weinbaum Labor Studies 413.577.0458
Jen Lundquist, Chair Associate Dean for Faculty Development 413.545.5977
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Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee is charged with enhancing and improving instruction and student learning in SBS.

Name Title & Department Phone
Whitney Battle-Baptiste​ Anthropology 413.545.2652
Sonya Atalay​ Anthropology 413.577.0932
Benjamin Bailey Communication 413.545.2522
J. Kevin Crocker Economics 413.545.0954
Kathy Forde Journalism 413.545.7077
Patricia McGirr LARP 413.545.6621
Paul Collins Political Science - Legal Studies 413.545.4079
Jesse Rhodes Political Science 413.545.6185
Bernie Morzuch Resource Economics 413.545.5718
Enobong (Anna) Branch​ Sociology 413.545.4069
Sigrid Schmalzer​​ STPEC 413.545.6776
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Dean's Research Council

The Dean's Research Council offers two categories of grants to support research each year. A strong preference is given to generating a new research project or a new direction within an existing project. Priority in most cases is given to those projects that are likely to lead to external foundation or government funding; however, SBS also supports high-quality, meritorious research for which opportunities for extramural funding are limited. All ranks of tenure track faculty and lecturers whose major responsibilities include research are eligible to apply to both categories. The fall deadline is on October 15, 2014 and the Spring deadline is March 11, 2015.

Click here for more information about the grants available.

Name Title & Department
Laurel Smith-Doerr, Co-chair Director of ISSR
Jennifer Lundquist, Co-chair Associate Dean for Research
Lynnette Sievert Professor - Anthropology
Gonen Dori-Hacohen Assistant Professor - Communication
Arindrajit Dube Associate Professor - Economics
Millie Thayer (fall)
Zehra Parvez (spring
Associate Professor - Sociology
Assistant Professor - Sociology
Darrel Ramsey-Musolf Assistant Professor - LARP
Tatishe Nteta Assistant Professor - Political Science
Sheila Mammen Professor - Resource Economics

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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 programs college-wide. This includes development of the SBS Academic Advisor/Faculty Mentor advising model, the SBS Advising Resource Center, and the SBS Pathways approach to 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
Vanessa Blais Associate Director, SBS Advising Resource Center​ 413.577.1057
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 413.545.5983
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
Erica Scharrer Chair, Communication 413.545.6339
Sigrid Schmalzer Director, STPEC 413.545.6776
Eve Weinbaum Program Director, Labor Studies 413.577.0458
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