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Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences


The Raymond A. Roesch, S.M. Chair in the Social Sciences was established in 2002 to recognize the importance of the social sciences to a liberal education and to scientific research on the human condition. The Roesch Chair provides leadership in establishing the social sciences within the curriculum and the broader intellectual life of the University, stimulating innovative and interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, conducting research, organizing symposia and other programs, and providing a visible presence for the social sciences on campus.

The Roesch Chair was held previously by Donald J. Polzella Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Mark Ensalaco Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Jack Bauer Ph.D., Department of Psychology, and Roger Reeb Ph.D., Department of Psychology. The current chair is Leslie H. Picca, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, Dr. Picca’s work as Roesch Chair has centered on the critical importance of social science research on diversity, equity and inclusion in organizations.

"A day without social science is like a day without sunshine." – David Brooks, The New York Times


Leslie H. Picca, Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469