College Mission and Vision

Our History

The College of Social Sciences and Communication was founded in 2014 by Dr. Lisa Bond-Maupin. Dr. Bond-Maupin received a doctorate in justice studies in 1992 and master’s degree in social work in 1987 from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1982 from the University of Missouri. She served the college faithfully for three years and made an positive impact on the culture of the CSSC. A scholarship dedicated to students participating in community based research was established in her name upon her departure.

Our Mission

The UA Little Rock College of Social Sciences and Communication applies theory and research to drive social change and inspire human expression, reflection, and interconnection.

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Constructing deep and diverse learning opportunities for students in and outside of the classroom;
  • Producing, sharing, and responding to disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and community-based knowledge and research;
  • Linking to the community through engagement and public service.


Vision for the College

The CSSC community will strive to:

  • Provide a model of positive and productive organizational communication. We will work to live up to our full potential and the promise of our communication fields through collegial, respectful communication in which we are committed to giving each other the benefit of the doubt and focusing on the facts.


  • Be proactive and guided by our mission. We will work to become a mission-driven college with mission-informed goals and priorities. We will commit to criteria-driven, fair allocation of shared resources to support our priorities, strengths, and strategic opportunities.


  • Be collaborative. We will work to fully understand our interdependence (within the college and with others outside of the college), share resources to the benefit of all, seek win wins, and value one another’s successes.


  • Build a culture of trust based on open communication, negotiation and consistency in what we say and do. We will work to create open, fair and transparent processes in the Dean’s office and in all aspects of shared governance including the faculty governance of the college assembly.


  • Demonstrate a shared commitment to clear, fair, well-articulated criteria-driven promotion and tenure processes. We will work to value everything faculty are asked to do while protecting the time and energy of pre-tenured and all faculty members to focus on the core mission of the university – the passion for education, inquiry, and service that brought faculty here.


  • Support strong, empowered department and school level leaders who take all opportunities to seek and share information, partner with college leadership and each other, and balance advocacy with accountability.


  • Focus on student learning including ongoing assessment, self-reflection, peer evaluation, and a commitment to high impact practices that reach students with a variety of learning strengths.


  • Be a partner in enrollment growth and timely graduation. We will work to be a leader in student recruitment and retention and strive for excellence in academic scheduling and academic advising.


  • Work to fulfill our promise as a leader in the strategic vision for UA Little Rock by continuing to excel in community-based teaching and scholarship, interdisciplinary innovation, and in research and creative activity.


  • Plan, reflect, adjust, improve and celebrate.