Mission and Priorities

Updated 4 February 2019

Mission & Vision

To enhance the intellectual resources, as well as the quality and impact of the research and teaching performed in the Social Sciences at Harvard University, with the ultimate aim of maximizing positive social impact in an increasingly interdependent and diverse world.

Strategy

To combine the broad institutional perspective and deep local knowledge our unique position affords to:

  • set divisional priorities;
  • stimulate beneficial exchange between, and promote barrier-free collaboration among, divisional departments and centers;
  • align resources to the teaching and research goals of our units;
  • deepen appreciation of and sophistication in the interpretation of social science data;
  • ensure administrative excellence in support of our academic objectives; and
  • foster innovation and diffusion of best practices in administration and academic affairs.

We are dedicated to promoting a culture of transparency, equity, and collegiality, and are guided by the belief that diversity is a foundational strength.

AY19 Divisional Priorities

  • Reorient academic planning to achieve better balance between addressing near-term needs and enabling long-term intellectual and operational growth and change.

  • Recruit, retain, and promote the best early career scholars.

  • Partner with departments to promote teaching equity and excellence and to mount a robust curriculum.

  • Align social science campus with current and emerging academic needs.

  • Contribute to a cross-disciplinary initiative on inequality.

  • Ensure a healthy, inclusive, and positive workplace environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard’s mission...

    Recruit, retain, and provide support to best possible faculty and admin leaders for our units.

  • Ensure a healthy, inclusive, and positive workplace environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard’s mission...

    Promote effective partnership between academic and administrative leaders.

  • Ensure a healthy, inclusive, and positive workplace environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard’s mission...

    Ensure all faculty are aware of, and able to take advantage of, relevant development opportunities.

  • Ensure a healthy, inclusive, and positive workplace environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard’s mission...

    Ensure all staff feel they are valued and respected, and have a voice in decisions that impact them.