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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 advises the Dean on matters of school-wide policy and suggests procedures for developing new policies and procedures within the context of HSS.

HSS Chair’s Council
The HSS Chairs’ Council consists of all department chairs and program directors in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and advises the Dean on school-wide issues and discusses the impact on the school of college-wide procedures and policies. 

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 Advising Roundtable

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).

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. 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.