The purpose of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) of the TCNJ School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is to make recommendations to the Dean of HSS related to the academic experience of students majoring in the humanities and social sciences as well as the academic experience of students from other TCNJ schools completing liberal learning requirements in HSS. In addition, the SAC advises the Dean on questions and matters that the Dean may bring forward for student input.
To raise an issue to the Student Advisory Council, fill out the form at this link:
The SAC meets approximately 5 times per semester, frequently meeting with the Dean or Assistant Dean of HSS, on Thursday afternoons.
The members of the HSS SAC reflect our community: we come from all majors and minors, began at TCNJ as
freshmen or as transfers, live on campus and off, and participate in a broad range of co-curricular activities.
Students interested in joining the SAC self-nominate at the beginning of each semester by completing an application form. The Dean sends a link to the form to all current HSS students in the first weekly message of the semester. The entire SAC is recruited annually in the fall; a few seats are available to be filled in the spring semester due to scheduling conflicts, study abroad, and so forth.
HSS Student Senators (elected through the regular TCNJ Student Government election process) comprise the leadership of the SAC: the chair, vice chair, and secretary. All HSS Student Senators are regular voting members of the HSS SAC.
Any HSS student may come to a meeting of the SAC; meetings are open to the public. However, students who wish to speak at a meeting of the SAC must request permission to do so in advance of the given meeting by contacting the chair of the SAC. Non-members of the SAC do not have the right to vote at SAC meetings.
In its inaugural year, 2010-2011, the HSS Student Advisory Council:
- Proposed an enhanced post-graduate planning experience available for all
students with a major in the humanities or social sciences
- Proposed increased student participation in governance in the departments of
- Proposed substantive improvements to the structure of advising in our School
and participated in the shaping of a new advising structure for the school
- Participated in discussions of school-wide governance
And these were our results:
- A new post-graduate planning course available for all HSS majors with
sophomore standing or higher will be offered annually starting in the Spring
2012 semester (HSS 201)
- Every HSS department has agreed to establish regular opportunities for
student feedback (each department will approach this in its own way)
- A new advising structure for HSS has been developed and affirmed for
implementation effective the fall 2011 semester
- Representatives from the HSS SAC are continuing to participate in discussion
of a new school-wide governance model for HSS and will participate in the new
governance model implemented as of the Spring 2012 semester.
If you would like to attend a meeting of the SAC, contact the chair of the SAC to find out when and where by e-mailing to: