Since 1888, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has played an instrumental role in teaching independent and critical thinking, analytical and knowledge-building skills and the ability to pose meaningful questions that advance understanding and knowledge. Students in our college confront the great questions and controversies, learn about the forces that have shaped our world, and to develop the skills to tackle its most pressing challenges. Our graduates are creative problem-solvers with a passion for making a difference. The education they receive here prepares them to address the problems of today and to succeed wherever their career path takes them tomorrow.
College of Humanities and Social Science faculty members are bright lights in their disciplines, seeking answers through research and helping their students find their own.
Students are the reason behind all the efforts the College of Humanities and Social Sciences puts forward to make it a leading liberal arts institution. Many students begin their university career in disciplines that not part of CHaSS; however, more than half of CHaSS majors have transferred from other colleges. Students recognize that, in the end, the liberal arts provide problem-solving, analysis and writing skills so necessary in our modern world.
Included here are items for use by the college’s faculty members. Link to information regarding promotion and tenure, or download forms to nominate an individual for a university award. Also here are suggestions for grants and other funding sources.
CHaSS offers advising specialists in all disciplines. Here are just a few examples: history, English, English teaching, political science; social work, French, philosophy and journalism. Also available are representatives of the ROTC programs for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.
Many students and alumni don't realize that tuition and state funding doesn't cover the full cost of operating the college. The difference is made by private donors who believe in the mission of CHaSS and support it through gifts for scholarships, professorships, and programs. Donating to CHaSS can take a student's education from good to great.
CHaSS now has a storefront. Celebrate your graduation with a CHaSS jacket and other CHaSS-branded items.
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A letter from the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Nicole Allen LPCS (Communication Studies) Assistant professor
Area of research Rhetoric in culture
Hobbies Travel, film and cat training
Ph.D., University of Nebraska
Seth Archer History Assistant professor
Area of research Native North America, American West to 1900, Hawai’i
Hobbies Outdoors, gardening, bicycling
Ph.D., University of California Riverside
Steffen Blings Political Science Assistant professor
Area of research Political science with a focus on political parties, social movements and European politics
Hobbies Reading, music
Ph.D., Cornell University
Jasmine Yu-Hsing Chen Chinese Assistant professor
Area of research 20th-21st century Chinese and Taiwanese theater, film and literature, Sinophone studies
Hobbies Biking, gardening, dancing
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin-Madison
Marisela Martinez-Cola SSWA (Sociology) Assistant professor
Area of research Sociology of race and ethnicity
Hobbies Baking, traveling and collecting Funko Pops for my office
Ph.D. and JD, Emory University, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde SSWA (Sociology) Assistant professor
Area of research Race/ethnicity, demography, health inequalities
Hobbies Traveling, spending time with friends, family and pets
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Cristian Meier Social Work Assistant professor
Area of research Community food environments and food store access, health disparities
Hobbies Hiking, watching hockey, spending time with family
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Mollie Murphy LPCS (Communication Studies) Assistant professor
Area of research Rhetorical studies in the context of social movement activism
Hobbies Reading, hiking, traveling
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Kaitlin Phillips LPCS (Communication Studies) Assistant professor
Area of research Family, interpersonal and intergroup communication
Hobbies Baking, traveling, handbells and a recent interest in skiing
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Maj. Damon Smith Aerospace Studies (U.S. Air Force ROTC) Assistant Professor
Area of research Effectiveness of emergency preparation on actual response for non-frequent and frequent events
Hobbies Photography and biking
MA, National Security Studies with East-European focus, Naval Postgraduate School
Jason Twede SSWA (Criminal Justice) Assistant professor
Area of research The history of the U.S. prosecutor and other legal transitions pertinent to criminal law
Hobbies Board games, playing music
Ph.D., University of North Dakota
Lt. Col. Jason Webb Military Science (U.S. Army ROTC)
Area of research Business leadership
Hobbies Photography and camping
MA, University of Arkansas
Maj. Brian Yoder Aerospace Studies (U.S. Air Force ROTC) Assistant Professor
Area of research Intelligence, with a focus on intelligence operations and their impact on the military planning process
Hobbies Travel, photography, triathlons
MA, American Military University
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