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HSS Committees


At The College of New Jersey
The Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the academic leader of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the academic home for over 1600 students, more than 100 faculty and a dozen staff members. The School consists of 11 departments and programs, offering 14 bachelor’s degree programs, 1 master’s degree program, and a number of minors, including interdisciplinary programs.

The mission of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is to prepare students for lifelong learning and responsible democratic citizenship. The Dean is responsible for allocating resources and promoting programs and opportunities to advance that mission. To that end, a number of committees and councils advise the Dean. In order to contact the chair of any of the committees or councils of the groups listed below, contact the Office of the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences ( or 609-771-3434).

HSS Governance Advisory Council
The HSS Governance Advisory Council provides a conduit for stakeholders (groups and/or individuals) within the school to raise issues and voice concerns about HSS policy and procedure as they pertain to the mission and goals of HSS. Issues related to the operationalization of existing TCNJ or HSS policy in HSS departments are discussed at meetings of the HSS Chairs Council (see below). Issues relevant to the development of new policies that affect members of HSS constituencies beyond faculty are forwarded to the Governance Advisory Council for its determination as to the appropriate venue for further discussion, whether in an Ad-Hoc committee consisting of representatives from two or all three of our on-campus constituencies (faculty, staff, students) or in one or more existing fora (e.g., Chairs Council, Department Meetings, HSS Staff Council, HSS Student Advisory Council, HSS Staff Council). In accordance with the governance procedures of college standing committees, the HSS Governance Advisory Council receives input from HSS stakeholders on issues and problems within the school, reviews and evaluates those issues and problems, and finalizes recommendations to the Dean. The evaluation and recommendation process always includes seeking input from HSS stakeholders (individuals and groups) in fora such as open discussions, meetings with the specific committees or councils, and formal and informal electronic response opportunities. The HSS Governance Advisory Committee consists of one representative from each stakeholder group in HSS: currently, these groups are the HSS Chair’s Council, HSS Staff Council, HSS Student Advisory Council, HSS Curriculum Committee, HSS Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, and HSS Diversity Committee. Each stakeholder group will select their representative to the HSS Advisory Council. Advisory Council representatives from the Student Advisory Council, Curriculum Committee, Assessment Committee and Diversity Committee serve one-year terms, while representatives from the Chair’s Council and Staff Council serve two-year terms. The chair of the Governance Advisory Council is elected to a one-year term. The terms of all members, and of the chair, are renewable.

HSS Chair’s Council
The HSS Chairs’ Council consists of all department chairs and program directors in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences convenes the Chairs’ Council approximately once a month during the academic year while classes are in session (e.g., excluding winter or spring breaks). The Dean consults with the Chairs’ Council on matters of school-wide importance such as operational questions affecting departments, programs, and faculty in the School as well as matters related to the implementation of college-wide policies and the development and implementation of school-wide policies. Accordingly, the Chairs’ Council advises the Dean on all such matters and issues. Members of the Chairs’ Council may request to put an item on the agenda of any given Chairs’ Council meeting and may make recommendations to the Dean on all matters of policy, strategy, and operational planning affecting departments, programs, and faculty in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Dean regularly consults with the Chair Council on any measures suggested by the Governance Advisory Council.

HSS Student Advisory Council
The mission of the Student Advisory Council is to discuss matters of importance to students and make policy recommendations to the Dean; the Student Advisory Council is also charged with discussing questions brought forward by the Dean. The Student Advisory Council is led by a chair, vice chair, and secretary, all of whom are duly elected senators in Student Government of The College of New Jersey.

HSS Staff Council
The HSS Staff Council consists of all staff members of the School (including secretaries and program assistants) meets at least once yearly with the Dean to discuss matters of importance to the successful operation of the School in accordance with the School’s mission statement.

HSS Curriculum Committee
The Curriculum Committee is charged with the review and approval of proposals for new and revised courses and academic programs within our School. The Curriculum Committee consists of 3 faculty elected from each division of the School (Humanities and Social Sciences), two students from each division of the School, and one HSS staff member. The Assistant Dean sits on the committee ex officio. The chair of the committee is one of the elected faculty members.

HSS Diversity Advisory Council
A diverse educational environment enhances the experiences of all members of the campus community and especially the HSS Community. As such the Diversity Advisory Council is responsible for enhancing our School’s efforts to increase minority representation in faculty, staff and student populations in the School of Humanities and Social Science and to create a model for the College of New Jersey community. The Diversity Advisory Council consists of faculty elected to the committee as well as student and staff representatives. Staff representatives include staff members in HSS as well as staff from the Admissions and Human Resources Department of TCNJ.

HSS Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee
The Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee supports departments in the development of their assessment plans (a year-long process following the approval of their strategic plan), approves departmental assessment plans and approves departmental learning outcomes assessment reports (annually after approval of assessment plan). The Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee consists of faculty members appointed by the Dean in consultation with the department chairs so that each department has its own representative on the committee; in some cases, a department may choose to liaise with a faculty member from another department serving on the committee.

HSS Undergraduate Research Council
The Undergraduate Research Council promotes and supports models of faculty-mentored undergraduate research in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. It consists of faculty representing each department, appointed by the Dean in consultation with the department chair.

HSS Alumni Advisory Council
The HSS Alumni Advisory Council consists of alumni, appointed by the Dean with consultation from the College’s Alumni Affairs and Development Offices. Representatives from those offices serve on this council ex officio. Alumni appointed to the Alumni Advisory Council are individuals who graduated from the College of New Jersey with a major in one of the departments or programs in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Alumni Advisory Council fosters relationships between current students and alumni and between faculty and alumni. This Council runs events of interest to alumni and current students, works with faculty to establish mentoring and networking opportunities for current students, and advises the Dean on matters of importance to alumni and future alumni.

HSS Community Advisory Council
The Community Advisory Council consists of individuals representing potential employers – from the public, private, and non-profit sectors – of our School’s graduates, as well as individuals who represent graduate and professional schools our students attend. These individuals are appointed by the Dean on recommendation by the College’s Development Office and/or Career Center. In addition, two students appointed by the Dean in consultation with the President of the Student Government serve on the Community Advisory Council, together with the director of the Bonner Center or his or her designee. The Director of the Career Center serves on this Council ex officio. The mission of the Community Advisory Council is to enhance opportunities for our current students to engage in community-based activities including internships and volunteer service and to better prepare for employment and post-graduate education. The Community Advisory Council meets once annually in the spring semester.

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