Philosophy Program Annual Report

2004-2005

 

Department of English and Philosophy

 

The program’s “Mission Statement;” “Statement of Goals, Objectives, and Assessments;” as well as the Learning Outcomes for the courses Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking can be found at: http://www.westga.edu/~phil/effectivenessEvaluation.html#mission

 

4. Statement of Program’s Condition

The Program was able to hire a new director, whose AOS is the history of modern philosophy, thus strengthening its historical approach to the study of philosophy (Dr. Donohoe covers the history of 20th Century Continental Philosophy, especially Phenomenology and Dr. Lane covers the history of American Philosophy, especially Charles Peirce). With this addition for this academic year the Program has had 5 full-time faculty members. Two of these five are not returning in the coming year (one is retiring and the other was not renewed), so it has been a year of looking at what kind of program we hope to become. Discussions on this topic led to a consensus concerning the profile of the new hire we would make. Although our search was ultimately unsuccessful, the process itself was well-done and helped the members of the program come to deeper understanding of what we are about.

 

Three members of the Program (Alberg, Donohoe, and Lane) move into the TLC Building in December as part of a move to integrate the Program more closely with the English Department of which it is a part. The move has by and large been beneficial, enabling the Program to take advantage of various administrative resources.

 

The members of the Program agreed to the introduction of “tracks” into the major. Students will now be choosing between a traditional philosophy track, a religion track or a pre-law track. These tracks mean that the program could well have more than 50 majors in the end of the next academic year.

 

The illness of one member of the Program at the beginning of the Spring Semester led to the emergency hire of Ms. Andrea Green. She stepped into a difficult situation with much grace.

 

Program Achievements

5. % Students passing licensing                         Data not available

6. % admitted to graduate school                                  20%

7. Types of licensure                                                     Data not available

8. Preparation for Licensure                                          Data not available

9. Other Notable Achievements:

·        The Iota Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the national honor society for the study of philosophy, was officially established and a total of 11 members have been inducted.

·        Once again, Meeting of the Minds was a great success.

·        Two students, under the direction of Dr. Donohoe, taught classes in the local high school.

·        The Program sponsored two lectures by distinguished scholars.

·        The Program had its first Senior Seminar, which included help for the majors in constructing a graduation portfolio.

Student Achievements

10. Total Published Research                                        0

11. Total Presentations                                     09

12. Total Internships                                                     00

13. Total Co-ops                                                          00

14. Total Scholarships                                                  01

15. Total Fellowships                                                    00

16. Total Recipients of Notable Awards                        00

17. Other Notable Achievements:

Kristina Swim was the Humanities Runner-up representative for Big Night. She presented a poster at Big Night.

Eleven students were inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honor Society.

Faculty/Staff Productivity

Teaching:

18. New Course Developments                                    00

19. Faculty Teaching Honors Courses               01

20. Faculty Involved in Academic Advisement   80%

Research/Productivity:

21. Books and Monographs                                         01

22. Book chapters                                                        00

23. Peer Review Articles                                              03

24. Shorter Works                                                       00

25. Paper Presentations                                                09

26. Other Presentations                                                00

27. In-House Publications                                             02

28. Juried Exhibits/Performances                                   00       

29. Other Exhibits/Performances                                   01

30. Positions in Journal Editorship                                 00

31. Total Faculty in Notable                                         

Continuing Education Efforts                             03

Public Service:

32. Participants in Honors Organizations                       01

33. Offices in Professional Organizations                       02

34. Advisors of Student Organizations               02

35. Participants in Cooperative Consulting

Efforts                                                              00

36. System-Wide UWG Committees                            01

37. Total Participants in Public Service              03

38. Other Notable Achievements by Faculty:

Grants/Awards:

39. Proposals Submitted                                               03

40. Proposals Funded                                                   01

41. Amount Funded                                                      $1,200.00

42. Gifts Generated by Department                              

            Burdett and Shirley Wantland Scholarship         $900.00

43. Contracts awarded                                                 00

44. Fellowships awarded                                              00

45. New Degree Programs or Deletions                        25

46. New Departments, Units, or Restructuring   None

47. Accreditation or Renewal                                        None

48. Other Awards or Achievements                              None

49. Additional Comments                                             None

50. Give an example of how our department used the assessment of goals and outcomes to change/improve a process:

Responding to questions from both students and parents about the usefulness of majoring in philosophy led us to the institution of “tracks,” one of which is a track in Pre-Law. This categorization of ways of studying Philosophy and Religion helps students to grasp the how a major in Philosophy will prepare them for the future.

The institution of these tracks prompted us to rename “Philosophical Issues in Criminal Justice” to “Philosophy of Law”, and to plan our course offerings in such a way that the required courses for each track are offered on a timely basis.

 

 

Jeremiah Alberg, Director

May 10, 2005