BIGSSS' Organizational Structure and Governance

Meeting of Members (MM)

The annual Meeting of Members includes all doctoral students (as well as those of other potential programs embedded in BIGSSS), faculty and staff members. Here the Dean presents his annual report, which must be approved by a majority. Elections for the Dean and Vice Deans are held every two years; the elected Deans are subsequently appointed by the BIGSSS Board, comprised of the Presidents of the two universities.

Deanery and Executive Team (ET)

The Deans administer the doctoral stu­dents and staff, represent BIGSSS within and beyond the universities. They report directly to the BIGSSS Board, with support from the Managing Director. The BIGSSS Executive Team, which meets monthly, comprises of the Deans, the Managing Director, the Director of Studies, the Senior Coordinator of the Deans' Office, the Head of Administration, and all Field Coordinators.

Academic Council (AC)

The Academic Council is the fundamental policy-making institution: it comprises BIGSSS leadership as well as representatives of the faculty and doctoral fellows and oversees the institution's general development, admissions, thematic fields, and curriculum development. The Academic Council has also appointed an ombudsperson (Sabine Broeck, Professor for American Studies and former Vice President of International Rela­tions of UB) to resolve any internal con­flicts that cannot be resolved by the Executive Team and the council, but she has, to date, not been needed.