Faculty Highlights

As Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, I am endlessly impressed by the scholarship, creativity, and widespread impact of our students, professors, staff, and alumni, so it is truly a pleasure to welcome you to this newly launched Faculty Highlights web page. Here, we collect the many and varied achievements of the members of our Social Sciences community in the areas of teaching and learning, research, service, and community engagement.

Scholars in the Social Sciences at Brock University repeatedly show their willingness to confront and address the needs of our society. They adapt to ever-changing circumstances, assess multi-faceted issues from multiple perspectives, and remain clear-eyed and determined when seeking explanations and solutions. In this corner of our web site, you will find a sampling of the experiences, accolades, and impact that we in the Faculty of Social Sciences have been celebrating most recently. We hope you’ll join us in this celebration.


Dean Ingrid Makus

Faculty facts

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Brock’s largest faculty.
We are home to the following Departments, Centres, and Programs:

Applied Disability Studies
Applied Linguistics
Child and Youth Studies
Communication, Popular Culture and Film

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice
Geography and Tourism Studies
Labour Studies
Political Science

Social Justice and Equity Studies
Social Sciences
Women’s and Gender Studies

Faculty complement

  • Professors
  • Associate Professors
  • Assistant Professors
  • Lecturers & Instructors

Student body

  • Full-time undergrad
  • Part-time undergrad
  • Full-time grad
  • Part-time grad

Learning options

  • Bachelor's programs
  • Master's programs
  • PhD programs
  • Diplomas, certificates, micro-certificates
  • articulation agreements with colleges

New offerings in the Faculty 2021-22

New in September 2021

virtual class meeting screenshot shows multiple camera-views of participants

On Feb. 8, students in CHYS 2P16 — Principles of Community Engagement in Child and Youth Studies welcomed three Canadian senators to share their community engagement experience and expertise during a virtual class session. Sen. Wanda Thomas Bernard of Nova Scotia, who is also Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, along with Sen. Marilou McPhedran of Manitoba and Sen. Kim Pate of Ontario joined the discussion. Read more. (Photo courtesy of Senate of Canada.)

poster for SJRI Symposium

In September 2021, Social Justice and Community Collaboration, part of the interdisciplinary symposium series hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences, showcased affiliates of the Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) representing several disciplines. Researchers shared updates on their community collaboration research projects that have been funded by the SJRI. Learn more and watch the recording.

Kendra Thomson award announcement

In March, Kendra Thomson in the Department of Applied Disability Studies received the Association of Professional Behaviour Analysts’ 2022 Jerry Shook Award, which recognizes an individual who has made notable, concrete contributions to professional credentialing in behaviour analysis that help perpetuate the legacy of the founder and first CEO of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), Jerry Shook.

During a virtual event on Friday, March 4, Brock University and the YWCA Niagara Region formalized their partnership by introducing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to move forward with a common goal: empowering local women and improving the lives of their families. Read more about the agreement. Dean Ingrid Makus (above left), Executive Director Elisabeth Zimmerman of the YWCA Niagara Region (above centre), and President Lynn Wells (above right) were joined by others from the Brock community for a panel discussion to launch the MOU. Watch the recording.

In previous years, the Faculty of Social Sciences provided highlights in The FOSS Review, published annually each September.