Dean of Students

Our community of social scientists centers around graduate students

Few universities can present so high a proportion of social sciences doctoral programs ranked among the world’s top ten as the University of Chicago. We are proud of the long tradition of fundamental research in the social sciences that has established a ‘Chicago School’ approach in four disciplines: anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology. Our interdisciplinary master’s programs date to the early 1930s and are among the oldest and most distinguished in the nation, and provide exceptional opportunities for students to study with distinguished faculty in a one-year master’s curriculum.

We hope this section of our website will provide a quick reference to information that will enhance your studies and life in the Division of the Social Sciences. Prospective students considering the Division of the Social Sciences will want to be sure to peruse our Admissions information as well. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Although the University of Chicago is a large institution to navigate, we have many resources available to our students and hope the links and information on these pages will lead you to discover the many resources, activities, and initiatives in support of our diverse student population.

Announcements

Important Dates

Winter Quarter 2015
  • Monday, January 5
    Winter quarter begins
  • Friday, January 9 – 3:00 pm
    Deadline for applying to receive a degree Winter quarter.
  • Friday, January 23
    Last day for drop/add & language exam registration
  • Friday, February 6
    Last day to be removed from Winter quarter convocation list without paying $50 degree cancellation fee
  • Monday, February 23 – Friday, February 27
    Spring quarter registration
  • Friday, March 6
    Prior quarter grades due for students receiving a degree Winter quarter
  • Friday, March 13
    Current quarter grades due for students receiving a degree Winter quarter
  • Friday, March 20– 3:00pm
    Winter Quarter Convocation – Rockefeller Chapel
  • Saturday, March 21
    Winter quarter ends

Forms

Office of the Dean of Students

Location

Social Sciences Division
University of Chicago
1130 E. 59th Street
Foster Hall
Chicago, IL 60637

Con​tact

Hours of Operation

  • Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Closed during official University holidays

Staff Directory

Below each name, you will see the types of questions that can be directed to each staff member. If your question is not listed, please contact ssd-dos@uchicago.edu, call 773.702.8414, or stop by Foster Hall, Room 107. To make an appointment with any of the Deans, please contact our office at ssd-dos@uchicago.edu or at 773.702.8414.

Brett Baker
  • Director of Student Services
  • 773.702.8414, bbaker@uchicago.edu, Foster 106
  • Registration, Convocation, Residence status (including pro forma), Billing, Housing, Insurance, Forms for current students, Non-Degree Visiting Students, Disability determination, SSGSAC Procedures and Events
Paul Fatula

Patrick Hall

Jackie Hill
  • Financial Aid Assistant
  • 773.702.8414, jdixon@uchicago.edu, Foster 107
  • Stipend checks, Billing, Tax treaty forms for International Students, SSGSAC reimbursements
Cathy Mican
  • Admissions Associate
  • 773.702.8415, cmican@uchicago.edu, Foster 107
  • Admissions requirements and procedures, Entering credentials (transcripts from previous schools)
Kelly Therese Pollock
  • Associate Dean of Students
  • 773.795.3238, kpollock@uchicago.edu, Foster 102
  • Student Financial Aid including fellowships, Admissions Policies, Dual and Joint MA Programs, Ad-hoc joint-PhD, Second MAs, Teaching Requirements, Outreach and Recruiting

 

Dean's Advisory Council

The Division of the Social Science established a Deans Advisory Council in 2015 to advise and inform divisional leadership on administrative and academic issues that affect doctoral students. Composed of PhD students from each of the division’s departments, the DAC meets regularly over the academic year with the division’s Academic Dean, Deputy Dean, and the Dean of Students to explore topics jointly selected by DAC members and administrators. The DAC provides an institutional venue where Council members can represent the views and concerns of students. It also serves as a systematic channel for the division to communicate to students the broad perspectives of division and university, as council members report back to students in their respective programs.

 

Uday Arun Jain: Social Thought, uajain@uchicago.edu

 

Yuna Blajer de la Garza: Political Science, yunablajer@uchicago.edu

 

Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez: Psychology, cardenas@uchicago.edu

 

Kyle Gardner: History, kylegardner@uchicago.edu

 

Talia Gordon: Comparative Human Development, trgordon@uchicago.edu

 

Kerstin Holzheu: Economics, kholzheu@uchicago.edu

 

Heather Harden: Psychology, hharden@uchicago.edu

 

Elizabeth (Lisa) Scott: History, lscott28@uchicago.edu

 

Alysia Mann Carey: Political Science, manncarey@uchicago.edu

 

Melissa Osborne: Sociology, osbornem@uchicago.edu

 

Sarah Outland: Sociology, soutland@uchicago.edu

 

Winnie van Dijk: Economics, wlvandijk@uchicago.edu

 

Gabriel Velez: Comparative Human Development, gmvelez@uchicago.edu

 

Konrad Weeda: Social Thought, kcweeda@uchicago.edu

 

Kaya Williams: Anthropology, kayawilliams@uchicago.edu

 

Policies & Procedures

The University of Chicago is a community of scholars dedicated to research, academic excellence, and the pursuit and cultivation of learning. Every member of the University—student, faculty, and staff—makes a commitment to strive for personal and academic integrity; to treat others with dignity and respect; to honor the rights and property of others; to take responsibility for individual and group behavior; and to act as a responsible citizen in a free academic community and in the larger society. Any student conduct, on or off campus, of individuals or groups, that threatens or violates this commitment may become a matter for action within the University’s system of student discipline.

The University’s Student Manual is the official statement of University policies and regulations, and expected standards of student conduct that are applicable to all students. Below we have outlined additional divisional policies and regulations and provided clarification for how University policies affect students within the Division of the Social Sciences.

Grants & Fellowships

Graduate education requires a considerable degree of financial planning. Every graduate student should be prepared to develop a comprehensive plan to finance years of training, including employment, educational loans, and fellowships and grants. The ability to identify and compete in funding competitions and to command grant support is an essential skill, not only for the graduate student years but also deep into their careers.

Most doctoral students rely on financial support from the University, mainly in the form of scholarships and fellowships, but also including educational loans and employment. In the first few years of study many students seek supplementary fellowship support from internal and external competitions, such as NSF, Ford, and Title VI FLAS fellowships. The Division combines such awards with University support, to a stipend level greater than either fellowship alone, up to a cap. In this combination, the Division may reduce or entirely replace the Divisional stipend with the new fellowship, depending on its level of award.

You can find a listing of fellowships to which you may want to apply in the Graduate Education Fellowship Database. For a list of past fellowship winners, check out the honor roll on the Emerging Leaders website.

Teaching

Practical pedagogical experience in the form of teaching assignments is integral to our doctoral programs and an important part of a complete curriculum vitae. First-year graduate students are not eligible to take teaching positions, and second-year students are rarely selected for teaching assignments. Rather, in these early years students focus on course work and the acquisition of broad mastery in their disciplines. Doctoral students should seek a range of teaching experiences in the third through fifth years, ideally culminating in a lectureship. Students with a teaching component as part of their fellowship must fulfill the requirement by the end of the fellowship period. Many students who are beyond the fifth year seek teaching positions as a means of financial support.

Students are limited to a total of four teaching assignments in an academic year and two teaching assignments in any given quarter.