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Department Services

Beginnings Sculpture
"On Edge" Bobcat Sculpture by Alan H. Hwami
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts
UCM Monument near Little Lake
"With Open Paws" Mural
View From Far "Afield"
Fresh Early Morning Rain
Take A Seat
Campus Tennis Courts
Paddling Through the Campus Canal

Mission

The Office of Department Services staff actively partner with our academic department chairs and faculty as well as colleagues servicing other business offices to support the educational and research mission of the university. Our primary goal is to provide timely, friendly, and innovative support for communication and administrative activities while being adaptable to evolving timelines and priorities.

Services may include:

Administrative, Communication & Event Support 

  • Administrative support for department chairs.
  • Respond to questions from faculty and staff from other business offices within and external to SSHA.  Provide feedback and guidance as well as direction to relevant resources.
  • Coordinate/schedule and facilitate faculty department meetings; create meeting agendas and minutes as well as follow-up to ensure action items are assigned and completed.
  • Update department websites and social media pages.
  • Create, disseminate and post "Did You Know" updates for faculty and staff based on questions frequently asked of SSHA staff.
  • Facilitate voting protocol for academic department business.
  • Create and disseminate surveys for a variety of purposes on behalf of multiple stakeholders as well as review, analyze and report results.
  • Collect and store course syllabi for each semester/session as well as respond to requests for syllabi.
  • Disseminate information on behalf of the department chairs and other entities to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Assist with purchase and reimbursement requests by providing policy guidance, instructions, and/or submitting to CBS2 or through UC financial systems, on behalf of the department.
  • Assist department chairs with course scheduling by (examples) collecting and organizing teaching preferences, gathering IOR petition signatures, record-keeping.
  • Assist department chairs in monitoring, researching, and tracking the academic department budget expenditures.
  • Event support services including (but not limited to) event consultation, catering, travel arrangements, payments, advertising, venue needs, purchasing and reimbursements.
  • Initiate and partner on special projects with SSHA leadership, SSHA staff as well as department chairs and faculty members. Collaborate on projects with multiple campus business offices.
  • Serve as archivists for academic departmental records,

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Did You Know Series

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Events Support

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Financial Services and Web Support

  • Academic department fund financial account reporting and review
  • Academic department website updates 

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Contact us at ssha.deptservices@ucmerced.edu 

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Commonly used links and emails:

Policies & Support Materials

 

Support Staff Contact Information

  Heidi Green                           
  Manager of Department Services,
  Social Sciences

  (209) 382-4073
  hgreen2@ucmerced.edu
  Office: COB-1, 245
 Lisa Mora
 Manager of Department Services,
 Arts & Humanities

 (209) 506-7603
 lmora@ucmerced.edu
 Office: COB-1, 235 

 Jocelyn De La Torre
 Academic Department Specialist
 (209) 285-4403
 jdelatorre27@ucmerced.edu
 Office: COB-1, 255
 HCRES, LLC (temp), PHIL (temp)

 Mahea LaRosa
 Academic Department Specialist
 (209) 233-2578
 mlarosa@ucmerced.edu
 Office: COB-1, 249
 GAMWS

  Stephanie Lopez
  Academic Department Specialist
  (209) 308-3329
  slopez146@ucmerced.edu
  Office: COB-1, 255
  CIS (temp), PH
 Maricela Rivera
 Academic Department Specialist
 (209) 233-2036
 mrivera79@ucmerced.edu
 Office: COB-1, 249
 AHS, PSY
  Jennifer Casillas
  Interim Operations &
  Academic Department Specialist

  (209) 355-9270
  jcasillas25@ucmerced.edu
  Office: COB-1, 255
 
 Sarah Mora 
 Academic Department Specialist
 (209) 413-9408
 sarahmora@ucmerced.edu
 Office: COB-1, 249
 EBM, POLI (temp), SOC
       
       

Last Updated: July 2024