Message from the Dean

Dr. David Richardson

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the largest and most diverse schools at Salt Lake Community College. It includes the following disciplines: Rhetoric and Composition; Literature; Humanities; Religous Studies; Philosophy; Language; American Sign Language/Interpreting (ASL/I); History; Anthropology; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; Social Work; Family and Human Studies; and Education. These disciplines are organized into five department clusters, each with its own Associate Dean. Dr. Jeanine Alesch is the A.D. for Humanities and Language and Culture and ASL/I. Under it is the Center for Languages. Marianne McKnight is the A.D. for History, Political Science, and Anthropology. The A.D. for Psychology and Sociology is Spencer Blake, while the A.D. for Family and Human Studies, Education, and Social Work is Dale Smith. Under his supervision also is the Eccles Early Childhood Development Lab School. Stephen Ruffus is the A.D. for the English Department. Under the English Department is the Student Writing Center – its director is Clint Gardner – which provides in-person and online writing advising for all SLCC students enrolled in any class. Also under the English Department is the Academic Literacy Center, which offers one-on-one tutoring in such areas as reading skills, English grammar, and writing. The English Department also sponsors Folio, a student literary magazine.

An important part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the Community Writing Center. It is deeply involved in both the college and the larger community, seeking to support and educate community members of all abilities and backgrounds who want to use writing for practical needs, civic engagement, and personal expression. Its director is Melissa Helquist.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers classes at most SLCC campuses, and in a variety of formats, including face to face, fully online, and hybrid. We offer innovative "learning communities. " Many of our classes have a "service learning " component. And we work extensively with community partners. We also recognize that learning takes place in a variety of settings, not just within a classroom. Thus, each year we hold a Student Philosophical Conference; a Student Conference on Writing and Social Justice; a Symposium on Religion and Culture; and a Social Science Conference, and we regularly sponsor lectures, discussions, and readings on a variety of subjects.

A large part of the School 's mission is transfer education -- preparing students to transfer to, and succeed at, four year colleges and universities, and all of our departments have a close working relationship with four year institutions within the state. 

An important reason the School of Humanities and Social Sciences serves students so well is because of the high quality of our faculty. We have over 80 full time faculty and over 250 adjunct (part time) instructors. They all have at least a Master 's degree in their field, and many have a PhD. They are fine teachers, deeply knowledgeable in their fields, and productive scholars. They regularly present papers at professional conferences, publish books, articles and other writing, and regularly win wards for their teaching, their curriculum development, and their professional accomplishments.