College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Dean: Dr. Brenda Bass

Associate Dean: Dr. Greg Bruess

Associate Dean for Student Success: Dr. William Henninger

Department Heads:

Applied Human Sciences: Dr. Annette Lynch

Geography: Dr. Mark Welford

History: Dr. Jennifer McNabb

Military Science: Lieutenant Colonel Dean R. Ray

Political Science: Dr. Scott Peters

Psychology: Dr. Adam Bulter

Social Work: Dr. Cindy Juby

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology: Dr. Mark Grey (Interim)


ARCTICenter: Andrey N. Petrov

Center for Social and Behavioral Research: Dr. Mary Losch

Center for Violence Prevention: Alan Heisterkamp, Ed.D.

Creative Life Research Center: Dr. Gary Gute 

GeoTREE: John DeGroote

Geographic Alliance of Iowa: Dr. Alex Oberle 

Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration: Dr. Mark Grey


CSBS is administrated by the dean with the help of two associate deans, an administrative assistant, and a team of other support personnel to ensure the college operates efficiently and effectively.

The college houses eight departments:  The School of Applied Human Sciences; Geography; History; Military Science; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; and Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology.   We also oversee the Women's and Gender Studies program, the Masters of Public Policy program, the Center for Social and Behavioral Research, and various other centers and units.

Although our programs are varied, each shares a concern for studying some of the most basic yet vital subjects in human behavior: why we behave the way we do, how we interact with one another, and how we interact with our environments.  The mission of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is to achieve distinction in undergraduate liberal education and applied fields in those disciplines housed within the college.  To this end, the college is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and public service.