Dean of Students

Our community of social scientists centers around 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.


Important Dates

Autumn Quarter 2018
  • Monday, October 1
    Autumn quarter begins
  • Friday, October 5 – 3:00 pm
    Deadline for applying to receive a degree Autumn quarter.
  • Friday, October 19
    Last day for drop/add courses
  • Friday, November 2
    Last day to be removed from Autumn quarter graduation list without paying $65 degree cancellation fee
  • Monday, November 19
    Winter quarter registration begins
  • Friday, November 30
    Prior quarter grades due for students receiving a degree Autumn quarter
  • Friday, December 7
    Current quarter grades due for students receiving a degree Autumn quarter
  • Friday, December 14
    Degrees conferred for Autumn quarter graduates


Office of the Dean of Students


Social Sciences Division
University of Chicago
1126 E. 59th Street
Social Science Research Building
Chicago, IL 60637


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, call 773.702.8414, or stop by Social Science Research Building, Room 101. To make an appointment with any of the Deans, please contact our office at or at 773.702.8414.

Brett Baker
  • Assistant Dean of Students
  • 773.702.8414,, SSRB 101
  • Registration, Convocation, Residence status (including pro forma), Billing, Housing, Insurance, Forms for current students, Non-Degree Visiting Students, Disability determination, SSGSAC Procedures and Events
Chaevia Clendinen
  • Assistant Dean for Student Advancement and Diversity
  • 773.702.8414,, SSRB 102
  • Paul Fatula
Patrick Hall
Jackie Hill
  • Financial Aid Assistant
  • 773.702.8414,, SSRB 101
  • Stipend checks, Billing, Tax treaty forms for International Students, SSGSAC reimbursements
Cathy Mican
  • Admissions Coordinator
  • 773.702.8415,, Foster 102
  • Admissions requirements, procedures, and processing. Entering credentials (transcripts from previous schools), Non-Degree Visiting Students
Kelly Therese Pollock
  • Associate Dean of Students
  • 773.795.3238,, SSRB 103
  • 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 Dean's 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.


Student Executive Committee

Five PhD students and two MA students comprise the Social Sciences Student Executive Committee (SEC). The SEC staffs divisional representation on Graduate Council, serving as the collective voice of students regarding issues before Grad Council. An independent student organization, the SEC chooses two of its members to fill the two Grad Council seats allocated to the Division, and as a committee determines the positions the division will take on Grad Council debates and votes. Members of the SEC interact with other aspects of Grad Council business as well, and with students in the division interested in Grad Council issues.


The SEC also serves as a student voice in divisional programming that involves both PhD and MA students. Primary among this function is the evaluation of applications for Student Affinity Organizations (SAO). SAO’s are student-led organizations, with divisional funding, designed to promote connections across departments and disciplines in the Division, and to foster a wide range of diverse voices and interests.  Applications to establish SAO’s are evaluated and recommended by the SEC for approval by the Dean of Students.


The SEC offers a robust channel of communication for students to interact in focused and productive ways with both Grad Council and with the Division of the Social Sciences. SEC members for 2018-19 are:


Danielle Charette, Social Thought

Leah Firestone, Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences

Kenneth Onishi, Psychology

Maddy Oswald, Psychology

Usama Rafi, History

Thulasi Seshan, Master of Arts Program in International Relations


Students may contact the SEC at

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.


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.