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With faculty committed to student success, professors within the Division of Social Sciences work with students inside and beyond the classroom to help students to expand their depth and breadth of knowledge. Social sciences courses in the Division’s 20 departments and programs foster intellectual curiosity, new ideas, and active and independent thinking. From experiential learning courses that take students and faculty outside Brandeis and into the community, to research opportunities for undergraduates that often result in publication credits, social sciences faculty often reach outside the traditional lecture or seminar environment to help students cultivate a passion for learning.

Professor Laura Goldin’s Greening the Ivory Tower experiential learning course takes students into the field to conduct research on environmental issues that affect the community. In 2012, Professor Goldin and her students were invited to present their study on nail salons and environmental impact at the Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference.

Recent university-wide teaching awards have gone to social sciences faculty, including:

  • Grace Zimmerman, senior lecturer in business and undergraduate advising head, won the 2012 Faculty Teaching Award from the Brandeis International Business School.
  • Richard Gaskins, the Proskauer Chair in Law and Social Welfare and professor of American studies and legal studies, won the 2011 Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring.
  • Eileen McNamara, professor of the practice in journalism, won the 2011 Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Elizabeth Ferry, associate professor of anthropology, won the 2010 Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring.
  • Maura Jane Farrelly, assistant professor of American studies, won the 2010 Walzer ’56 Award for Teaching.