Strategic Plan

Goal 1: Enhance the quality and articulation of the Department's academic programs.

  • 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 department.

    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 Spring 2010.

  • 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 Department.

    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 staff.

  • The Department members working with Alumni Relations and the Development Office will expand the funding pool for research.

    Timeline: Start Fall 2009 and ongoing.

  • The Alumni Advisory Board will increase resources that will promote interaction within our research community and enhance its intellectual life.

    Timeline: Start Spring 2010 and ongoing.

  • Professional Growth Committee will develop ongoing relationships with Milner Library.

    Timeline: Start Spring 2010 and ongoing.

Goal 3: Enhance the learning and community environment for students, faculty and staff.

  • 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 strategies.

    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 and ongoing.

  • The Chair, with pertinent committees and faculty members, will develop and implement international collaborations.

    Timeline: Fall 2009 and ongoing.

  • The Professional Growth Committee, with Department staff, will organize annual community building events.

    Timeline: Fall 2009 and ongoing.

Goal 4: Strengthen the diversity of our faculty, students, and curricular and pedagogical approaches.

  • 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.

  • The Diversity Committee, Assistant to the Chair and the English Education Committee will identify areas where the Department can support recruitment efforts and pipeline projects (e.g., First Look, Golden Apple, Minority Scholars).

    Timeline: Start Fall 2009.

  • The Diversity Committee, Department Faculty Status Committee and Search Committees will investigate, disseminate, and implement strategies for identifying promising faculty candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups. Review the effectiveness of our efforts.

    Timeline: Start in the Fall 2009 search process and continuing thereafter.

Goal 5: Increase outreach to alumni and community.

  • The Associate Chair, Assistant to the Chair, Professional Growth Committee and staff will collect, review and revise Departmental outreach materials and public interfaces on a regular basis to reflect the evolving nature of the department and to provide information about the department to external stakeholders.

    Timeline: Start in summer of 2009 and ongoing.

  • The Alumni Advisory Board in conjunction with the Department Office will host an annual alumni and community event designed to give alumni and community members an opportunity to connect with the Department.

    Timeline: Start in Fall 2009 and ongoing.

  • Members of the Department, working with the Department Office, will host alumni events at professional conferences.

    Timeline: Start planning in Fall of 2009 and ongoing.