Message From The Dean

A Message from the Dean

Dean John Townshend

As Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), I am honored that our College houses the University of Maryland’s three endowed Peace Chairs, including the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace. For even as BSOS prides itself on boasting a diverse portfolio of research and teaching—from anthropology to economics, from criminology to psychology—we recognize that peace and freedom are the foundation for knowledge-building and knowledge-sharing in any discipline, anywhere in the world.

Our community recognizes that each of us must be involved in the peace process: students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. This awareness and engagement in dialogue and diplomacy has been fostered and amplified by the incumbent of the Bahá’í Chair, Dr. Hoda Mahmoudi.

Since her arrival on campus in 2012, Dr. Mahmoudi has advanced the pursuit of peace and understanding throughout our College, throughout our University, across the state of Maryland, and indeed around the world. She has done so by bringing an impressive community of scholars, lecturers, artists and writers to campus to conduct research, teach classes and share their insights at special events. She has been instrumental in publishing groundbreaking books and papers on a number of timely topics, and has designed new courses that challenge the minds and shape the lives of our students.

Through Dr. Mahmoudi’s efforts, University of Maryland has thus become a focal point of knowledge and dialogue for academicians and students of every discipline, for practitioners, civic leaders and for all who are inspired to work for peace. I invite you to explore the Bahá’í Chair website, read the Chair’s publications, attend the Chair’s events, and if not already, become a member of our community.

Gregory F. Ball
Dean and Professor
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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