Philosophy Program Annual Report

2006-2007

 

Department of English and Philosophy

 

The Program’s

1. Mission Statement

2. Statement of Goals, Objectives, and Assessments

3. 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

 

For the academic year 2006-2007 a total of five people taught in the Philosophy Program. In the fall there were four and all were either tenured or tenure-track. Dr. Mark Tietjen joined the faculty last fall. He has primary responsibility for the courses we offer in the Religion Track part of the program. All four of the tenured or tenure-track faculty taught normal loads in both semesters. For Drs. Donohoe, Lane and Tietjen this load was 3 courses a semester with one course release for research. Dr. Alberg taught a 3/2 schedule with an additional course release for his duties as Director of the Program. Dr. Alberg did not receive the course release for teaching an honors section in the Spring semester. In the Spring semester Dr. David Strand taught two sections of Critical Thinking as an adjunct.

 

We had another year of increasing the number of majors. We began the year with approximately 48 majors and are ending it with 64. In the spring semester seventeen students declared their philosophy as their major. This is a clear indication of the strength of the Program. The Pre-Law Track has more than 25, and the Philosophy and the Religion track have more than 15 each.

 

We served around 245 students in the core in the fall and over 300 in the spring. Our upper division classes averaged just under 20 students per class.

 

Program Achievements

5. % Students passing licensing                         Data not available

6. % admitted to graduate school                                  50%

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, enrolled nine new members.

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

·        The Program produced its second Senior Seminar collection of essays, on the topic of Heidegger’s philosophy.

·        The West Georgia Philosophical Society continued to meet regularly every two weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters.

 

Student Achievements

10. Total Published Research                                        0

11. Total Presentations                                     08

12. Total Internships                                                     00

13. Total Co-ops                                                          00

14. Total Scholarships                                                  01

15. Total Fellowships                                                    00

16. Total Recipients of Notable Awards                        04

17. Other Notable Achievements:

Faculty/Staff Productivity

Teaching:

18. New Course Developments                                    00

19. Faculty Teaching Honors Courses               01

20. Faculty Involved in Academic Advisement   100%

Research/Productivity:

21. Books and Monographs                                         00

22. Book chapters                                                        01

23. Peer Review Articles                                              03

24. Shorter Works                                                       05

25. Paper Presentations                                                07

26. Other Presentations                                                02

27. In-House Publications                                             02

28. Juried Exhibits/Performances                                   00       

29. Other Exhibits/Performances                                   00

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              04

38. Other Notable Achievements by Faculty:

Grants/Awards:

39. Proposals Submitted                                               02

40. Proposals Funded                                                   01

41. Amount Funded                                                      $2100

42. Gifts Generated by Department                              

            Burdett and Shirley Wantland Scholarship         $1200.00

43. Contracts awarded                                                 01

44. Fellowships awarded                                              00

45. New Degree Programs or Deletions                        05

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:

            We revised course descriptions for our Religion courses in order to make them correspond more closely to the reality of the way these courses are presently taught. One faculty member taught an introductory course in the Honors College. One faculty member was the coordinator of the Pre-Law Learning Community. Both of these activities are an explicit part of our assessment for reaching the goal of providing a high quality curriculum that emphasizes disciplinary rigor and ensures the transmission of a unique method of inquiry.

            There were a variety of things done to help integrate our new faculty member into the Program. I have already mentioned the way that the course descriptions have been revised. Further, he has been WAC certified. His classes were reviewed by the Director.

           

Jeremiah Alberg, Director

May 10, 2006