Goal 1: Enhance the quality and articulation of the Department's academic
- The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee in conjunction with the English
Education Committee and the Writing Committee will perform a comprehensive
review and revision of the undergraduate curriculum that reflects the values of the
Timeline: Starting in 2009 with program review, to be completed in 5
years, with annual interim goals.
- The Graduate Committee will perform a comprehensive review and revision of
the graduate curriculum that reflects the values of the department.
Timeline: To be
completed in 5 years, with annual interim goals.
- DFSC and Council will develop policies and procedures for the proposal and
implementation of team-taught courses.
Timeline: To be completed by end of
- The Graduate Committee in consultation with the Writing Program Director will
develop policies and procedures for the process by which specific assistantships
are assigned to advanced PhD students (e.g., teaching 100 and 200-level courses
appropriate to their field, assigning non-teaching assistantships).
Timeline: To be
completed by the end of 2010.
- The DFSC will the revise the teaching evaluation instrument for approval by the
Timeline: As per university request, a new instrument should be
approved by the department by January 1, 2010.
Goal 2: Enhance the learning and community environment for students, faculty and
Goal 3: Enhance the learning and community environment for students, faculty and
- Council will establish an ad hoc Facilities Committee that is charged with
performing a needs assessment that reflects individual faculty and programmatic
needs regarding space, equipment, and facilities. The committee will develop both
long and short-range planning goals that are consistent with Department goals and
Timeline: Committee appointed in Fall 2009; needs assessment carried
out over 2009-2010 school year; planning document to be presented to
department for approval during Fall semester 2010.
- Members will support Department’s student organizations’ goals to increase
department involvement in their programming.
Timeline: Beginning Fall 2009
Goal 4: Strengthen the diversity of our faculty, students, and curricular and
- The Assistant to the Chair, English Education Committee, and the Undergraduate
Curriculum Committee will plan and implement an annual one-day English
Department Workshop for High School Juniors showcasing the strengths of the
department and providing mini-courses in specialty areas.
Timeline: Start October
2010, and annually thereafter.
- The Graduate and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee in conjunction with
faculty will review courses to ensure that the curriculum as a whole reflects our
commitment and responsibility to attract, recruit, and support traditionally
underrepresented groups, and will revise and/or propose new curricula as needed.
Timeline: Start Fall 2009, and ongoing.
Goal 5: Increase outreach to alumni and community.