Marcel Mérette, Dean

Marcel Mérette

Welcome to the Faculty of Social Sciences!

I invite you to peruse this website to discover how our Faculty offers unique experiential learning opportunities, high-quality teaching, and enriching occasions to conduct research at all levels of study. Our 260 professors, through their respective research interests and initiatives, develop ideas that change the world. They contribute to public policies, security and international development, while building our understanding of human behavior and social issues. Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences is often conducted with the community, and through a multidisciplinary approach.

Our undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs cover a broad spectrum of disciplines and offer students a wide range of opportunities in areas such as public administration, anthropology, criminology, international development and globalization, conflict studies and human rights, women's studies, international studies and modern languages, psychology, economics, political science, social work and sociology. Our varied programs of study help ensure that students from across the world obtain, within our Faculty, an exciting and diverse university experience.

In addition, another 13 bi-disciplinary programs, many of which are the product of collaboration between our Faculty and others (such as the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Law) are also options available to our students.

Choosing a co-operative education program or opting to study in a French Immersion context are but some of the ways that students can personalize their academic paths in most of our programs. In addition, our Faculty offers its students other enriching learning opportunities that complement in-class learning by adding a rich experiential dimension and which are offered only within our Faculty. These include the option of signing up for an international field research course, going on international internships, and taking part in a United Nations Simulation course. We are certain that the Faculty of Social Sciences is the ideal learning environment for students to acquire the knowledge and experience they need to attain their career objectives.

I encourage you to take the time to visit our site and discover the variety of research and pedagogical activities which we propose. 

Marcel Mérette

Role of the Dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences

The dean is the titular head of the Faculty whose main functions are determined by his or her dual role as chair of the Faculty Council and chief executive officer of the Faculty. As chair of the Council, the dean carries out his functions in accordance with Senate and Faculty Council regulations. He is also ex officio a member of all the Faculty Council committees. As chief executive officer of the Faculty, the dean acts in conformity with The University of Ottawa Act, the regulations of the Board of Governors and the by-laws of the Faculty.

More specifically, the dean is responsible for:

  • the day-to-day administration of the Faculty budget as approved by the Board of Governors;
  • preparing itemized budgetary estimates for the following year in accordance with the academic development plan approved by the Faculty and the Senate;
  • presenting recommendations to the Joint Committee of the Senate and the Board of Governors, prepared by the Committee on Teaching Personnel of the Faculty and dealing with appointments, renewal or non-renewal of contracts, promotions, various types of leave, and tenure.
  • communications between the Faculty and the rest of the University and, more specifically, for ensuring that the members of the Faculty are kept informed of the proceedings and decisions of the Senate and its committees as well as the proceedings and decisions of the Faculty Council and its committees;
  • preparing the annual report on Faculty activities;
  • discharging such other responsibilities as may be assigned.

More informally, one could say that the dean is the Faculty CEO, responsible first and foremost as an academic for excellence in teaching and research, but also for the overall management of the Faculty. Today's dean is also deeply involved in public relations and fund-raising, while at the same time maintaining traditional roles related to protocol and diplomacy.

The term of office is normally five years.

Contact Information

Marcel Mérette
Social Sciences Building, Room 4031
Phone: 613-562-5903

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