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, and Jack Bauer, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. The current chair is Roger Reeb, Ph.D., Department of Psychology.

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