The Social Science Research Center (SSRC) was established within the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences to centralize support for faculty and students engaged in research and creative activity at DePaul University. The Center resulted from nearly 18 months’ worth of discussion, planning, and strategizing among members of the Social Science Research Center Task Force, a diverse group of faculty scholars within the College. Task Force members envisioned the Center as a communications hub, a resource and data repository, and a technical assistance provider that would help faculty get their work into academic publications as well as the public realm. The Center’s promotion of cross-disciplinary, multi-methodology scholarship and its intention to serve as a university-wide meeting ground and intellectual focal point advance the spirit of VISION twenty18, a strategic plan designed to make DePaul one of the country’s premier urban Catholic universities.
Purpose and Mission
The SSRC promotes, enhances, facilitates, and supports faculty, staff, and student engagement in methodologically diverse, socially relevant research and creative activity by providing the physical space and human capital necessary to develop a robust infrastructure for scholarly and artistic work. SSRC assists faculty scholars in all phases of research and creative activity development, from conceptualization and design to completion, documentation, and dissemination. In addition, SSRC specializes in helping scholars obtain internal and external funding for their work, implement funded research and artistic programs, and form mutually productive and rewarding collaborative enterprises.