Michael Pries

Michael Pries

Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, Professor of Economics


Sr. Administrative Coordinator: Megan Fitz

Faculty Recruitment, Appointments, and Departmental Coordination

  • Interview all junior candidates in the Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology) and Africana Studies.
  • Review departmental letters of offer in the Division of Social Sciences.
  • Administer appointment process and materials in Social Science departments for the following:
    - Endowed chairs (including the organization of endowed chair committees)
    - Preliminary screening of promotion packets in the Social Sciences
    - Junior faculty
    - Visitor and adjunct faculty
    - Approve budget allocations for non-regular faculty appointments and salaries
  • Administer faculty leaves within the Division of Social Sciences.
  • Administer salary appeals within the Division of Social Sciences.
  • Review and coordinate non-Regular teaching within the Division of Social Sciences, including postdoctoral and visiting scholar appointments.
  • Develop and administer retirement agreements within the Division of Social Sciences.
  • Prepare mid-term reviews of chairpersons within the Division of Social Sciences.
  • In consultation with the Dean, review recruitment of women, minority, and mission faculty candidates.
  • Participate in departmental and program reviews in the Division of Social Sciences.
  • Prepare for the Dean a list of external reviewers of departments in the Social Sciences.
  • Administer department reviews (in conjunction with the Dean and the Office of Strategic Planning) within the Division of Social Sciences.

Program Supervision

  • Gender Studies
  • Computing and Digital Technologies
  • Arts and Letters Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Graduate Studies in the Social Sciences

  • Supervise graduate programs in the Division of Social Sciences, including the Ph.D. in Peace Studies.
  • Review annual metrics for graduate studies in the Social Sciences.
  • Coordinate, as needed, external surveys of Arts and Letters graduate studies and faculty research.
  • Administer graduate student space allocations.

Direct Reports

  • Sr. Administrative Coordinator
  • Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA)
  • Director, Computing and Digital Technologies Program (CDT)
  • Directors of interdisciplinary centers and programs (excluding undergraduate interdisciplinary minors) within the College (e.g., for appointments and budgets), including:
    - Center for Children and Families (CCF)
    - Center for Social Research (CSR) (joint report with Office of Research)
    - Center for the Study of Religion and Society
    - Center for the Study of Social Movements and Social Change
    - Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
    - Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy
  • Journal editors (general supervision of all journals and journal support agreements)

Committee Assignments

  • Arts and Letters College Council
  • Arts and Letters Deans and Chairpersons
  • Arts and Letters Executive Committee
  • Arts and Letters Faculty Search Request Review Committee
  • Arts and Letters Leave Committee
  • Arts and Letters Space Committee
  • College Laboratory Safety Committee (chair)
  • Center for Research Computing Advisory Committee
  • Limited Submissions Review Committee, Office of Research
  • Pre-screening Committee for Non-Obligatory Promotions
  • Strategic Research Committee, Office of Research
  • Graduate School Leadership Committee, Graduate School
  • Social Sciences Building Planning Committee (co-chair)
  • Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees (Social Science representative)

Liaison Relationships

  • Graduate School
  • Office of Research
  • Center for Research Computing (CRC)
  • University Libraries