Info For: Faculty

Faculty are drawn to the Division of the Social Sciences because of a fertile research environment that encourages and enables social scientists to stretch disciplinary boundaries, innovate with novel methods, and pursue ambitious research programs.

Current Travel Restrictions and Guidance

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The U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to advise avoiding all nonessential international travel due to widespread ongoing transmission. The University is continuing the suspension of university-sponsored international and domestic travel until further notice. Travelers returning from international travel should not come to campus for 14 days.

On Monday, July 6, a Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) emergency order went into effect that directs travelers arriving in Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days. According to the CDPH, travelers who have spent longer than 24 hours in a designated state and arrive in Chicago on or after July 6 must quarantine for 14 days from the time of last contact within the designated state. For a list of designated states, criteria for states to be designated under the Order, and more information on the Order, please visit CDPH’s website. All faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, staff, and students who have traveled to the identified states and return to Chicago on or after July 6 must quarantine for 14 days and not return to campus before the quarantine period is completed.

Academic Appointments & Tenure

Together with departments and the Office of the Provost, Divisional staff manage the academic review process for all faculty and other academic appointees, including pre-hire consultation on appointment types, search administration and recruitment, new hire on-boarding, reappointment, and promotion and tenure.

Faculty Governance

Divisional staff provide direct support to faculty appointed to Divisional governance roles, including department chairs, center directors, and faculty in other administrative leadership positions across a broad range of academic planning and administration.

Research Support

The Division's Social Sciences Research Center (SSRC) team provides comprehensive research development support to faculty in the Division of the Social Sciences, Harris School for Public Policy, and Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice with the goal of maximizing research productivity and impact. Services offered include developing strategic funding plans for faculty, research teams, and centers; communicating research priorities and funding opportunities; and assisting with proposal development and writing.

Joshua Beck, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Capital Planning
Cate Goebel, Associate Dean, Research and Strategic Initiatives
Katie Kaftanich, Director, Academic Appointments and Payroll
June Hou, Senior Associate Director of Research Development
Cheri Pettey, SBS IRB Director
Sarah Niemann, Senior Assistant Director, Social Science Research Center
Bart Longacre, SSCS Director