Office of the Dean

Charles R. Hale, Dean

Our mission is to create conditions for our faculty members to excel, individually and collectively, in their teaching, professional activities, research and public engagement endeavors. Toward this end, the Dean’s office guides the recruitment, retention and evaluation of our outstanding faculty, and in addition, serves as a catalyst for special initiatives that heighten the efficacy and enhance the stature of our Division. These initiatives nearly always require infusions of support from a range of external sources, such as grants, contracts, and private gifts. The generosity and vision of our donors, many of whom are Social Science Alumni and Dean's Cabinet Members, play a crucial role in helping the Division achieve our highest aspirations for excellence.  

Dean's Cabinet


SOSC Centers and Special Initiatives (2023-2024)

The Dean’s Social Science Fund provides seed funding for these initiatives, which are organized in three distinct categories. Placement of initiatives will evolve as priority initiatives are fully funded and launched.

1. High Priority Attention for 23-24

  • SOSC Faculty Mentorship Program
  • Feminist Futures Center (just launched!)
  • Mead Initiative for Economic Innovation (in formation)
  • Area Global Initiative / Burdick Scholars Program

2. Launched and in Search of Additional Support

  • Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies
  • Pahl Initiative Center for the Study of Critical Issues
  • Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy
    • U.S. Awasthi Initiative for the Study of Cooperative Economics
    • Regional Equity Study
    • Labor Studies Center
  • Educational eXcellence and Inclusion Training Opportunities (EXITO)
  • Center for Information, Technology, and Society (visioning process 23-24)
  • PROPEL Scholars Program
  • Dean’s Investment Group
  • The Leonard and Gretchan Broom Center for Demography
  • American Presidency Project
  • 2035 Initiative

3. Next in Line Priority Attention for 24-25

  • Center for Health Equity (in formation)
  • Exercise and Sports Studies/Health, Justice, and Community
  • Elizabeth and Cedric Robinson Archive (with the University Library)
  • Dean’s Social Science Lecture Series
  • SOSC Practictioner-in-Residence
  • Global Immigration and Inequality


I invite you to browse our website to learn more about our programs, departments and people.


Charles R. Hale
SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences