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College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

CBSS Faculty and Staff Feedback Sessions

All CBSS Faculty and Staff are invited to participate in our upcoming feedback sessions about the strategic pillars. Each session will provide a brief overview of the strategic planning process, steps ahead, and an opportunity to provide feedback on the strategic pillars and descriptors (see below). The feedback sessions are scheduled for:

Wednesday, April 26 at 3:30-4:30pm

Thursday, April 27 at 3:30-4:30pm – ZOOM LINK


Building Our Strategic Vision

In Spring 2023, CBSS Leadership began the process of building a strategic vision of the future. The overarching goal is to develop a strategic plan that reinforces the College’s vision and mission, and further distinguishes CBSS as innovative, forward-thinking, and deeply committed to all it serves.

To that end, a Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) was appointed to begin the work of identifying the plan’s foundational themes and strategic pillars.

  • Trenton Davis, SPC Facilitator, Chair and Professor, Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies
  • Brenda Blackwell, Associate Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Brett Curry, Chair, Faculty Executive Committee, Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies
  • Ned Rinalducci, Chair, Major Review Committee, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Alice Hall, Chair, Curriculum Committee, Professor, School of Human Ecology
  • Zamaria Ball, CBSS Student Representative, Student Government Association Representative

    With contributions from:
  • Akiv Dawson, Member, Scholarship and Creative Activity Committee, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Ebonyse Mead, Chair, Inclusion Committee, Clinical Instructor, School of Human Ecology

The SPC, as part of a multi-step process, considered the past and present, as well as visioning for the future ahead. The SPC also reviewed the current CBSS mission and vision and the University Strategic Plan to ensure alignment with the broader strategic direction of the university.

Strategic Pillars

Impactful Research

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is committed to research and creative activity that advances understanding and seeks solutions to today’s challenges.  To advance this vision, we aim to foster an environment that facilitates collaboration and cross-disciplinary solutions.  The College’s diverse community of scholars is committed to disseminating research in visible and high-quality outlets, with the goal of expanding our portfolio of externally funded research.  Realizing that many of the challenges facing communities require collective solutions, we value publicly engaged and community-based research that gives voice to all.  Furthering research opportunities for our most important asset, our students, is an important part of the innovative and holistic education we provide.  In our College, learning not only occurs within the walls of the classroom, but is deepened through involvement and participation in research.

Innovative Teaching

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences prepares students to be resilient leaders in a globally connected workforce.  Our diverse degree programs must be designed to meet the needs of the next generation of students, with clearly defined pathways to success for all.  This includes serving a diverse population of students – traditional, transfer, and adult learners from all backgrounds.  We have a commitment to innovative degree programs, modes of delivery, and credentialing.  Understanding that high-impact practices lead to future student success, the College is dedicated to learning opportunities that deepen students’ learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

Resilient Culture

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is committed to fostering a resilient institutional culture.  We have an unwavering commitment to inclusion and equity, collegiality and respect, transparency and efficiency, and overall accessibility.  We prioritize developing the knowledge and skills of our faculty and staff, and building lifelong connections with our students and alumni.  Our resiliency is realized by capitalizing on opportunity, marketing and outreach to constituencies, and cultivating cultural competence.

Community Engagement

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences aims to have a positive impact in the communities we serve – local, regional, global, and professional.  We engage with a diversity of communities through our academic programs, research, outreach, and collaborative relationships.  The College’s commitment to student success initiatives, such as internships, practicums, clinical experiences, and study abroad, strengthens our community impact.  The College’s visibility and reputation are enhanced by mutually beneficial partnerships that improve quality of life for all.

Last updated: 4/27/2023