The mission of the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies is to provide opportunities for our students to become excellent professionals in the fields of Education and Human Services. To implement this mission, the Seidel School fosters outstanding teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and service and cultivates a learning-centered community which strives to meet national standards for excellence by offering high quality, innovative professional programs. The Seidel School is committed to community involvement, professional collaboration, regional partnerships, and national and international outreach in an increasingly diverse and interdependent society.
The goals of the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies are:
1. The Seidel School will provide to our diverse, capable students the opportunities and experiences necessary to become ethical, resourceful professionals in education and human services by offering high quality, innovative professional programs which are characterized by active learning and which meet national standards for excellence.
The following objectives support Goal 1:
- Attract and support diverse, capable students;
- Offer opportunities for students to become ethical, resourceful professionals;
- Meet and maintain the highest standards for all programs;
- Ensure innovative and effective curriculum; and
- Ensure quality field experiences throughout the professional programs.
2. The Seidel School will provide qualified, diverse faculty who are student centered, reflective, intellectually vibrant, and who are enthusiastic models for teaching, professional excellence, and commitment to community service.
The following objectives support Goal 2:
- Recruit, hire, and retain a high quality, diverse faculty;
- Reward activities that promote student-centeredness;
- Ensure effective, innovative pedagogy;
- Recognize excellence in teaching as the highest priority for faculty;
- Promote, support, and reward faculty involvement in service; and
- Support and reward professional development and scholarship/creative activities.
3. The Seidel School will pursue national eminence and secure the resources necessary to achieve our mission.
The following objectives support Goal 3:
- Secure adequate resources from internal university sources;
- Secure increased funding of the Seidel Endowments; and
- Secure additional external sources of resources.
GOAL 1: The Seidel School will provide to our diverse, capable students the opportunities and experiences necessary to become ethical, resourceful professionals in education and human services by offering high quality, innovative professional programs which are characterized by active learning and which meet national standards for excellence.
OBJECTIVE A: Attract and support diverse, capable students:
OBJECTIVE B: Prepare ethical resourceful professionals:
OBJECTIVE C: Meet and maintain highest standards for all programs:
OBJECTIVE D: Ensure innovative and effective curriculum:
OBJECTIVE E: Ensure quality field experiences throughout the professional programs;
GOAL 2: The Seidel School will provide qualified, diverse, faculty who are student centered, reflective, intellectually vibrant, and who are enthusiastic models for teaching, professional excellence, and commitment to community service.
OBJECTIVE A: Recruit, hire, and retain a high quality, diverse faculty:
OBJECTIVE B: Reward activities that promote student-centeredness:
OBJECTIVE C: Ensure effective, innovative pedagogy:
OBJECTIVE D: Recognize excellence in teaching as the highest priority for the faculty:
OBJECTIVE E: Promote, support, and reward faculty involvement in service:
OBJECTIVE F: Support and reward professional development and scholarly/creative activities:
GOAL 3: The Seidel School will pursue national eminence and secure the resources necessary to achieve our mission.
Objective A: Secure adequate funding from internal university sources:
Objective B: Secure increased funding of the Seidel Endowments:
Objective C: Seek additional external sources of resources:
To review, assess, and revise student experiential learning including field/clinical based experiences and undergraduate research opportunities;
1.A.6 Design and implement vehicle for celebrating and communicating accomplishments of our students and our alumni.
1.B.3 Require one service learning experience for all students.
1.B.6 Extend opportunities for international experiences for all students.
1.D.10 Use available resources to provide lecture/extra curricular activities which enhance the academic portion of the programs.
1.E.1 Structure field experiences to provide progressive active learning experiences and increasing levels of independence for the student.
1.E.2 Meet or exceed all field experience standards as set by appropriate accreditation organizations and seek external input, review, and evaluation from advisory boards and other sources on ways to improve field experiences.
1.E.4 Schedule and undertake regular reviews of field experiences and placement processes.
2.B.2 Recognize and reward outstanding faculty efforts in areas such as:
advising student research projects.
2.D.2 Reward faculty for acquiring and refining instructional strategies that more effectively promote learning.
2.F Support and reward professional development and scholarly/creative activities.
2.F.1 Develop a school plan for the implementation of "scholarship revisited" model.
2.F.2 Reward outcome-based professional development and scholarly activities that meet and reflect professional and institutional needs.
2.F.3 Promote and reward faculty involvement in acquiring and maintaining grants.
To review, assess, and revise the faculty evaluation process and professional development planning;
1.B.4 Develop progressive curriculum that facilitates student growth from pre-professional to beginning level professional.
1.D.2 Seek increased funding for faculty and department chairs' travel to professional conferences.
2.A.4 Develop and implement a plan assess the use of full-time faculty, adjuncts and over-loads.
2.A.5 Revise the faculty evaluation process to encourage individual faculty members to identify desired outcomes, to develop a professional development plan through which identified outcomes may be met, and to reflect on the degree to which outcomes have been met.
2.A.6 Identify and adopt standards for faculty "citizenship".
2.D.1 Incorporate reflection on growth and development as a teacher into annual faculty assessments.
3.C.1 Encourage, support, promote and reward grant writing activities to increase external funding
To review, assess and revise all programs (graduate and undergraduate) offered within the unit.
1.A.7 Undertake periodic review of assessment and grading.
1.B.7 Design program experiences to increase student resourcefulness.
1.C.1 Value and utilize active learning as a teaching strategy throughout all program offerings.
1.C.7 Develop and implement assessment plans in each department for each program/track.
1.C.9 Undertake yearly evaluations of program curriculum using surveys, accreditation processes, student outcome assessments and knowledge gained through professional activities and establish a five year cycle for program revisions.
1.D.4 Seek external evaluation of the curriculum for the professional based programs.
1.D.6 Undertake new program initiatives after seeking input from varied internal and external sources.
Each priority will be informed by the following:
1.D.3 Seek and secure grant funding aimed at curriculum innovation.
1.D.7 Support faculty participation in workshops on curriculum through University center for teaching excellence.
1.D.8 Participate in available workshops and professional meetings on integration of technology into curriculum.
1.D.9 Provide technology for integration into course content.
2.C.1 Ensure faculty access to technology
2.C.2 Provide access to technology training for faculty.
3.A.2 Develop a Seidel School technology plan which includes anticipation of necessary resources and plans for securing these resources.
1.A.2 Devise and implement departmental action plans for minority student recruitment and retention.
1.A.3 Refocus recruitment plans on the benefit of diverse environments and determine ways to make programs more attractive to all students.
1.B.5 Explore opportunities for urban/diverse experiences for students.
1.E.5 Ensure multicultural, diverse settings for field experiences.
2.A.1 Implement policies and practices that ensure diversity in gender, race, rank, experience, and academic specialization.
1.C.8 Define clear expectations for student learning outcomes and develop an assessment plan to ensure student progress towards these outcomes.
2.C.5 Provide mentors for faculty receiving less than good ratings on their teaching evaluations.
2.C.6 Use departmental student assessment plan to evaluate teaching and program effectiveness.