School of Social Sciences

Strategic Plan

Goal #1 - Educational Excellence

The School of Social Sciences will offer students high quality undergraduate and graduate education that is student centered and in accordance with its mission statement.

  1. 1.1
    Each discipline will continue to ensure the quality of its teaching. (faculty members of each discipline)
    1. 1.1.1
      Each discipline will ensure that all courses taught by all faculty (full time, visiting or adjunct) are comparable in terms of discipline expectations, course goals and assignments, and student expectations. (faculty members of each discipline)
      1. 1.1.1.1
        At least once prior to their third year review, all junior faculty will have their teaching observed by the dean and by all full- and associate- level faculty in their own discipline. (dean and senior faculty)
      2. 1.1.1.2
        Coordinators in each discipline will ensure that each visiting and adjunct faculty will have their teaching observed on an ongoing basis. (coordinators)
      3. 1.1.1.3
        The school will ensure the quality of courses using different modalities (ex. face to face, online, hybrid) (faculty members of each discipline)
      4. 1.1.1.4
        The school will encourage the development of co-curricular (ex. internships, directed research, attending research conferences, etc.) and extra-curricular (ex. student groups, etc.) activities to enhance the educational environment of our students.
      5. 1.1.1.5
        The school will support and encourage faculty and student group educational programs and presentations for Social Sciences students, the campus, and the broader community.
  2. 1.2
    The school will pursue the development of new programs (majors, minors, certificates, and Master’s), both of an intra- and interdisciplinary nature, in accordance with IU policy, and will support existing interdisciplinary and Master’s programs. (dean and faculty)
  3. 1.3
    The dean will advocate for new or vacated faculty positions, as needed, in consultation with the coordinators.

Goal #2 - Student Success

The School of Social Sciences will develop strategies to foster recruitment, retention, and persistence to graduation.

  1. 2.1
    Each discipline will provide an annual discussion for its majors and other interested students concerning what they can do with their degree. This can be done through curricular or extra-curricular activities. (faculty members of each discipline)
  2. 2.2
    The school will continue to contact Social Sciences majors who “stop out” and find out why the student is no longer attending and what Social Sciences can do to get that student back into classes (dean, professional advisers)
  3. 2.3
    Faculty in the School of Social Sciences will participate in the FLAGs program. (faculty)
  4. 2.4
    Each discipline and the school’s professional advisers will make a concerted effort to recommend the various IU Southeast honors programs, discipline-based honors societies, and discipline-based extra and co-curricular activities and clubs to its students (faculty and school professional advisers)
  5. 2.5
    The dean and faculty will work closely with admissions and other relevant departments on campus to participate in activities related to recruitment to our majors and the university (ex. Open Houses, Major Fairs, Kentucky State Fair) (dean and faculty)
  6. 2.6
    School will develop a brand highlighting the real world applicability, employment possibilities, and personal enrichment of our graduate and undergraduate programs. (dean and “branding” committee)
  7. 2.7
    Faculty will engage in proven, high-impact retention practices, including individualized student attention, fostering a positive and inclusive classroom culture, First Year Seminar, student involvement in research and internships, creative work, clubs and extra-curricular activities, etc. (faculty in each discipline)

Goal #3 - Enhanced Diversity

The School of Social Sciences will continue to adhere to its diversity plan.

  1. 3.1
    The School will assess, evaluate, and modify its diversity plan every 5 years, beginning Fall 2014. (dean and faculty)
  2. 3.2
    The School will create, support, and participate in various diversity-enriching programs. (faculty)
    1. 3.2.1
      At least one Social Sciences Forum per year will deal with a diversity- related topic. (faculty)
  3. 3.3
    The School will continue to support the development of new study abroad programs and to promote existing ones. (faculty)
  4. 3.4
    The School will encourage students to take classes which highlight diversity- related issues (ex. gender, race, sexual orientation, international) (faculty and advisors)
    1. 3.4.1
      The school will create and maintain a list of diversity courses. (dean)
  5. 3.5
    The School’s faculty and staff will participate in and encourage student involvement in diversity-related programming (ex. International Festival, Safe Zone Training, Women and Gender Studies Conference, Social Sciences Forum, etc.) (faculty, staff)
  6. 3.6
    The School will actively pursue employment practices that will enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff (dean, search committees)

Goal #4 - Strengthened Resources

The School of Social Sciences will strengthen, increase, and leverage its resource base to support current operations and future growth, high quality programming, faculty and staff excellence, and high caliber facilities and equipment.

  1. 4.1
    The School will promote both professional and support staff development through the following to better meet the needs of the faculty and students: workshops, conferences, seminars, etc.
    1. 4.1.1
      Professional and Support staff will attend professional meetings, seminars, or workshops as needed so as to continually upgrade their skills (dean and support staff)
  2. 4.2
    The School will promote faculty development so as to better meet the needs of students and programs through:
    1. 4.2.1
      Each discipline will develop its own mentoring program for junior faculty. (faculty members of each discipline)
    2. 4.2.2
      At least once prior to their third year review, all junior faculty will have their teaching observed by the dean and by all full- and associate-level faculty in their own discipline. (dean and senior faculty)
    3. 4.2.3
      The dean will continue to work to increase the amount of money available to each faculty member for travel to professional meetings and workshops. (dean) (see also 4.4.2)
    4. 4.2.4
      At least once a semester, the school will host colloquia/peer presentations as an opportunity to share and discuss innovations in research, creative work, teaching and service activities. (dean and faculty)
  3. 4.3
    The School will regularly consider its infrastructure needs and seek to address outstanding issues.
    1. 4.3.1
      The school will continue to develop the Crestview downstairs “lounge area” to showcase the talents of its students and faculty. (dean and faculty)
  4. 4.4
    The school will regularly assess the use of its budgetary resources and seek to develop resources further.
    1. 4.4.1
      The school will work with the appropriate departments to encourage alumni to contribute to the school’s foundation.
      1. 4.4.1.1
        The school will develop a simple way to contribute to its foundation via the school’s website. (dean)
      2. 4.4.1.2
        The school will periodically ask its alumni to contribute to the school’s foundation via regular mail or through some type of campaign. (dean).
      3. 4.4.1.3
        The school will endeavor to maintain contact with graduates to keep each other informed as to what is going on with each other. One way to do this would be for each program to maintain a list of students’ non-IUS emails in order to keep in touch after graduation. (faculty and dean)
    2. 4.4.2
      The dean will continue to work to increase the amount of money available to each faculty member for travel to professional meetings (dean) (see also 4.2.3)
    3. 4.4.3
      The school will work toward reducing costs through such means as supporting initiatives to go paperless (where appropriate), etc.
    4. 4.4.4
      The school will investigate and recommend strategies to the appropriate committees and administration officials to deal with compression in salaries for full-time faculty. (dean, faculty)
  5. 4.5
    The School will support efforts to show appreciation and create and promote inclusion and optional development for our contingent faculty (such as appreciation lunches, etc.)

Goal #5 - Enhanced Image

The School of Social Sciences will define and enhance its image and raise its profile.

  1. 5.1
    The School will create a committee (the School Branding Committee) to enhance the image of Social Sciences and raise its profile with the campus, alums, and the community.
    1. 5.1.1
      The School Branding Committee will create a “brand” that conceptualizes our mission and goals that can be communicated to others.
    2. 5.1.2
      The school will develop an E-Newsletter that will go out to all current majors, parents of majors, alumni, faculty, staff, and community offices/people. (Dean and eNewsletter Committee)
  2. 5.2
    The school will ensure that its website is up-to-date concerning faculty and student achievements. (dean, coordinators, and designated secretary)
    1. 5.2.1
      The School will appoint a staff member to be the point person for the Social Sciences web page. This person will communicate with faculty and other staff to get updates for publication.
  3. 5.3
    The school will seek ways to develop its physical space to better showcase the talents and achievements of its students and faculty. (dean and faculty)
  4. 5.4
    The school will continue to develop its Social Sciences Forum. (Social Sciences Forum Committee)
  5. 5.5
    Each discipline will investigate the possibility of developing its own chapter of an academic honor society, such as Pi Sigma Alpha in political science. (faculty members of each discipline)
  6. 5.6
    The school will continue to investigate either the possibility of discipline based external accrediting agencies or program standards of excellence that have been developed by professional discipline-based organizations. The purpose of this is to be able to advertise programmatic excellence.(faculty)
  7. 5.7
    The school will create a Community Board of Advisers to promote alumni involvement with the school. (dean and faculty)
  8. 5.8
    The school will work with the Public Relations Office to contact local newspapers to get stories focusing on student success and faculty profiles. (dean and coordinators)
  9. 5.9
    The School will continue to develop and enhance our use of social media. A staff member will be appointed to manage social media accounts.
  10. 5.10
    School of Social Sciences faculty, staff and students will be encouraged to nominate Social Sciences students, faculty and staff for awards in teaching, research, and service.

Goal #6 - Stronger Community Relations

The School of Social Sciences will enhance its relations with the various communities it serves.

  1. 6.1
    The school will develop an E-Newsletter that will go out to all current majors, parents of majors, alumni, faculty, staff, and community offices/people. (Dean and eNewsletter Committee)
  2. 6.2
    Community-related service activities that support the academic mission of the university will be given weight in the annual merit salary review process, the third year review, and the promotion and/or tenure processes. (dean and faculty)
  3. 6.3
    School of Social Sciences faculty are encouraged to develop curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for students to engage in community activities. (faculty)
  4. 6.4
    The school will work with the Public Relations Office to contact local newspapers and pertinent community organizations to get stories focusing on school events, student success and faculty profiles. (dean and coordinators)
  5. 6.5
    The School will continue to develop and enhance our use of social media. A staff member will be appointed to manage social media accounts. (faculty and staff)

Goal #7 – Ongoing Strategic Planning

The School of Social Sciences will develop a system for well-coordinated, ongoing strategic planning.

  1. 7.1
    The current Strategic Plan will be used to inform faculty when representing the School on program, school, campus and university level initiatives and committees. (dean, faculty, and staff)
  2. 7.2
    The school will conduct a brief assessment of the strategic plan after its first two years of implementation and address outstanding issues as necessary. (dean)
  3. 7.3
    During the fifth year of the current plan the school will create a strategic planning committee to review and revise the document. (dean and faculty)

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