A Message From Dean Holmes

May 1, 2020
The mission of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) is to prepare current and future leaders to tackle the challenges facing our society and economy. Everything that we do is in fulfillment of this mission, which is more important today than ever before.
Founded in 1975 as the School of Social Sciences, EPPS is a small, focused policy school embedded within a large, Carnegie-recognized Tier One university. EPPS students receive all of the benefits of studying at a major research university while also benefitting from personalized instruction and close connections with faculty and classmates of a small college.
An EPPS education is interdisciplinary. Our eight disciplines – criminology and criminal justice, cyber and big data analytics, economics, geospatial information sciences, political science, public and nonprofit management, public policy and political economy, and sociology – are all interrelated, and an understanding of one informs a better understanding of the others. For this reason, we encourage our students to explore the various majors and minors within the School and to take classes across majors.  Our faculty also frequently collaborate with each other and with colleagues across the university.
EPPS faculty pride themselves on a commitment to teaching and research. We have some of the most cited faculty in the country, eight faculty members who are recipients of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, a Piper professor, and one member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Our faculty are also connected throughout the North Texas community and beyond, frequently speaking and consulting with nonprofit organizations, government entities, corporations and individuals. This combination of excellence in the classroom and connectedness in the community provides bountiful opportunities for EPPS students to learn both on and off campus.  They often research and work on real challenges alongside their professors and our community leaders.
Since 1998, I have been honored to teach and research as a member of the EPPS faculty. I have  served as Dean of the School since 2018. I hope that you’ll connect with me or any of the faculty and staff in the School if there’s anything we can do for you, and that you’ll follow EPPS in our journey to produce some of the most promising leaders and impactful research for our community, state and nation.
Jennifer S. Holmes
Dean, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences