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Dean's message

Brian Culter Interim Dean

Exciting things are happening at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology's (UOIT) Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) as we embark upon the 2016-2017 academic year!

Our undergraduate programs have continued to grow and develop. Community Development and Policy Studies has transitioned into a Political Science major. Our Communication program has sharpened its focus and is now called Communication and Digital Media Studies. Our Advising and Practicum staff is, as always, providing excellent services to our students.

Our graduate offerings now include master’s and doctoral programs in Criminology and Forensic Psychology. As our graduate students pursue their academic and professional development, they also enhance the intellectual energy of our undergraduate programs, strengthen our research productivity and teaching capacity, and serve as excellent role models for our undergraduate students.

Our faculty and students continue to pursue and produce high-quality, timely and relevant research about pressing social issues, such as:

  • Aboriginal rights
  • border security
  • communications technology and democracy
  • crime prevention
  • criminal cases
  • deviance
  • disability
  • discrimination
  • drivers and impacts of digital media
  • equity
  • hate crimes and extremism
  • homelessness
  • immigration
  • justice in the courts
  • mental health
  • substance abuse
  • urban development
  • violence
  • youth crime and justice

We live in a world of many social problems, but social science and humanities knowledge empowers citizens, communities and policy-makers to understand and solve them, with the goal of building a more equitable, just and humane world for all.

Let me take a moment to recognize the contribution of our former Dean, Dr. Nawal Ammar, now Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rowan University in New Jersey. Dean Ammar’s vision, leadership, and tireless efforts drove the impressive growth and development of this faculty. We sincerely thank her for creating a vibrant learning and working environment for students, staff and faculty members, and we wish her great success in her new role south of the border.

Last, to our graduates: take what you brought to UOIT and what you learned here, go forward, and make this world a better place. To current students: build upon what you brought to UOIT by engaging, learning, and challenging us—and achieve the academic accomplishments to which you aspire. To prospective students: join us on our journey to understand and change the world, for the better!

Brian Cutler, PhD
Professor and Interim Dean

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