UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

ANNUAL REPORT

Fiscal Year 2009 (July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009)

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF

 Philosophy

Name of Department Chair

Janet Donohoe

Name of Person Completing Report

Janet Donohoe

 

 

 

1*

Departmental Mission/Vision Statement (url only, required)

http://www.westga.edu/~phil/info-for-faculty.html

 

2*

Departmental Statement of Goals, Process to Assess These Goals, and Assessment Results (url only, required)

http://www.westga.edu/~phil/info-for-faculty.html

3*

Departmental Statement of Curriculum Learning Outcomes, Process to Assess These Outcomes, and Assessment Results for each Degree Program (url only, required)

http://www.westga.edu/~phil/info-for-faculty.html

4*

Statement of Departmental Condition - please indicate the specific strengths and weaknesses of your department.

STRENGTHS:

Certain strengths remain:

·        Course contributions to the Core

·        Strict academic standards

·        High level of undergraduate engagement in Philosophy extracurricular activities

·        High number of students engaged in presenting research at regional and national conferences

·        High number of faculty mentoring students

·        Excellent record of faculty involvement in professional organizations

·        Excellent record of faculty presentations and publications

·        Interdisciplinary contributions

·          Strong feeling of community between and among students and faculty in the Program

Additional strengths:

·        Consistently increasing number of majors

·        Quality advising that has become mandatory each semester for students

 

WEAKNESSES:

Some of the weaknesses remain:

·        Lack of means for tracking graduates effectively

·        Communication difficulties with administration.  Since the Program Director is excluded from Chairs’ meetings with the Dean, information vital to the budget of the program and the daily running of the program is often received third-hand.  The Program is limited in its ability to respond quickly to requests for budget information, scheduling information, etc. because frequently we hear of these things late and through indirect means.

Others have been identified:

·        Consistent concern of students that too few upper-division courses are offered in Philosophy Program, limiting choice.  This increasingly becomes a problem as the number of majors grows.

·        Lack of flexibility in scheduling due to limited number of faculty members

 

OPPORTUNITIES:

Certain opportunities remain:

·        There are increasing opportunities to engage our students in presentation and publication of their research papers.

·        As our graduation rates increase we will have opportunity to place more students in graduate and professional schools.

 

Other opportunities have been identified:

·        With the consistently growing number of majors, we are increasingly able to make the case for additional faculty lines.

·        The popularity of our pre-law track provides us with an opportunity to increase collaborative work with the Political Science Department.

·        Our attempts at reconnecting with alumni from our Program allow us the opportunity to develop a network for our students of possible informal career advice from former students as well as opportunities to work with alumni in providing our students with current information about the marketability of their skills.

 

THREATS:

Certain threats remain:

·        Our program consistently suffers from the multiple demands placed upon our relatively small number of faculty.

·        Limited Program funds puts a strain on the ability of faculty to engage in travel necessary for their own professional development

·        Limited Program funds put a strain on the ability of the Program to assist students in travelling to conferences to present their research.

·        We currently do not have adequate space to house all of the philosophy faculty members in the same building limiting the sense of community among the faculty as well as students.

 

Other threats have been identified:

·        The lack of a permanent fifth faculty line and the possible loss of our fourth faculty line severely restrict our ability to meet the needs of the growing number of majors that we have.

 

DEPARTMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Place NA if not applicable or 0 if zero for the year.

5

Percent of Students passing licensing, certification, or other accreditation examinations related to their chosen field

NA

6

Proportion of graduating students going on to graduate or professional schools

22%

7

Number of Nationally recognized programs.

NA

8

Number of Endowed chairs and professorships

0

9

Types of Licensure (please list)

 NA

10

How does the department prepare students for Licensure?

 NA

11

Other notable achievements

 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Place NA if not applicable or 0 if zero for the year.

12

Total Published Research Papers

0

13

Total Presentations

7

14

Total Internships

0

15

Total Co-ops

0

16

Total Scholarships

1

17

Total Fellowships

0

18

Total Students engaged in Funded Research

0

19

Total Students receiving National Awards and/or National Recognition

0

20

Total Students inducted into Academic Honor Societies

5

21

Total Student Programs (debate, cheerleaders, athletic teams) receiving National Recognition

0

22

Other notable achievements by Students

 

FACULTY/STAFF PRODUCTIVITY                                                                                                             

Place NA if not applicable or 0 if zero for the year.

TEACHING

23

Total New Course Developments

1

24

Total Faculty Teaching Honors Courses

1

25

Total Faculty traveling Abroad for Teaching Purposes

0

26

Percent of Faculty involved in Academic Advisement

100%

RESEARCH/PRODUCTIVITY

27

Total Books and Monographs

0

28

Total Book Chapters

2

29

Total Peer Review Articles

2

30

Total Other Shorter Works

2

31

Total Paper Presentations

6

32

Total Other Presentation

1

33

Total In-House Publications

2

34

Total Juried Exhibits/Performances

0

35

Total Other Exhibits/Performances

0

36

Total Positions Held in Journal Editing/Review

1

37

Total Faculty involved in Notable Continuing Education Efforts

0

38

Total Faculty traveling Abroad for Research Purposes

0

PUBLIC SERVICE

39

Total Participants in Honors Organizations

0

40

Total Offices held in Professional Organizations

3

41

Total Advisors of Student Organizations

2

42

Total Participants in Cooperative Consulting Efforts

0

43

Total System-wide/UWG Committee Activities

4

44

Total Participants in Public Service Activities

1

45

Other notable achievements by Faculty

 

GRANTS/AWARDS

46

Total Proposals Submitted

2

47

Total Proposals Funded

Unclear-announcements have not been made

48

Total Amount Awarded

 

49

Total Grants Generated by Department

 

50

Total Faculty receiving Grants

 

51

Total Fellowships Awarded

 

IMPORTANT:  Please do not abbreviate.  Please spell out all organization/program names.

52

New Degree Programs or Deletions (name of program and semester added/deleted)

0

53

New Departments or Other New Units; Also any Restructuring of These

0

54

Accreditation or Similar Distinction or Renewal (name of accrediting body and date department/program received accreditation)

NA

55

Additional Comments Concerning Your Department

 

56*

Give an example of how your department used the assessment of goals and outcomes to change/improve a process. (Required)

We did an assessment of program goals through an alumni survey that has helped us to identify way of better communicating to our graduates the skills they are acquiring through our program.  We will be instituting more of this skills-focused communication primarily in our senior seminar classes thereby preparing students to market themselves more effectively in the working world.  We have also instituted a reassessment of all of our program goals that will culminate in our assessment meeting of the fall semester to begin the formal process of making changes to those goals to bring them more into line with the strategic plan.

UPON COMPLETION

Please email completed report to:

Institutional Research and Planning

 

 

Tara Pearson 

 

 

tpearson@westga.edu

 

 

678-839-6449