The University of Maryland has named Susan Rivera dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, effective August 1, 2022. As dean, Rivera will promote a culture of impactful research and scholarship, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships, and advocate persuasively for BSOS’s programs both within and beyond the campus community. Rivera will work with faculty, staff and students to articulate a vision for the contributions BSOS will make to the fulfillment of the university’s mission and new strategic plan.

“Dr. Rivera’s commitment to academic excellence and creating a diverse and inclusive culture, and her focus on collaborative cross-disciplinary work, will be a tremendous asset to the University of Maryland and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice. “I have the utmost confidence in her leadership and exemplary scholarship.” 

Dr. Rivera joins Maryland from the University of California, Davis, where she serves as chair and professor in the Department of Psychology. As chair, she has maintained a focus on building and sustaining an inclusive and supportive departmental climate and successfully both retained and hired new faculty under a framework of inclusive excellence. Under her leadership, the department’s U.S. News and World Report’s rankings rose from No. 26 to No. 12 overall, and to No. 6 among public institutions. She holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in psychology from Indiana University.


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