Our Support Staff

It is the administrative employees who provide the solid foundation that allows a faculty to carry out its dual missions of teaching and research. At the Faculty of Social Sciences, the year 2018-2019 was truly remarkable both in terms of new tools developed and new work methods implemented, all with the aim of improving services for students and professors while increasing efficiencies.

The administrative staff unswervingly supported the faculty community while constantly looking for ways to innovate.  Working in multi-disciplinary teams from all corners of the Faculty, they created task forces to tackle a multitude of diverse projects. To name but a few of these high impact projects, the employees developed a faculty-wide system to better manage mandatory student obligations; created various online academic request forms to reduce student wait times; created online marketing and communication forms to improve the planning of events and updates to the web; and developed a tool to speed up payroll verification while reducing payroll errors. This administrative innovation spanned every sector and touched every employee in some way. Another highlight of the year was the faculty’s success in obtaining and staffing several key positions in support of both research and students. These new positions allowed the Faculty to continue to enhance its service offerings to the faculty community.

Strong collaboration between employees and the staff’s commitment to continuous improvement were the key ingredients that allowed for the remarkable progress in 2018-2019. In the words of China’s Premier, Li Keqiang, “Changes call for innovation, and innovation leads to progress.” By such measures, the Faculty of Social Sciences is well on its way and can look forward to an exciting year ahead.

Nada Nagy
Chief Administrative Officer


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The Faculty has an operating budget of $57 million and a research and trust fund budget over $11 million.

  • Operating Budget: $57M$
  • Research and Trust Funds (managed by the Faculty of Social Sciences): $11,4M

History of the Faculty and its Academic Units

Faculty of Social Science Building

The social sciences have enjoyed a distinguished history at the University of Ottawa, one that begins with the creation of the School of Political Sciences in 1936. Over time, the founding disciplines, such as political science and psychology, have become the heart of the Faculty; however, they were established before the Faculty itself existed. It was not until 1955, with the addition of the Department of Economics, the Department of Sociology and the Department of Political Science, that the Faculty of Social Sciences was formed. In the following decades, from 1968 to 2008, the Faculty grew by six more academic units. Today the Faculty has nine units, including six schools, two departments, and one institute, all of which foster interdisciplinary work.

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