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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Annual Report

10-11

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Executive Summary Message From the Dean New Programs

College Strategic Planning

College at a Glance Deans Office Department Contacts New Faculty Student Enrollment Grants and Gifts Faculty Highlights College Initiatives Select Events

Program Profiles American Studies Biology Chemistry and Biochemistry Computer Science English Foreign Languages Geography and Anthropology History Law and Justice Studies Liberal Studies: Math and Science Liberal Studies: Humanities and Social Sciences Mathematics Philosophy and Religion Physics and Astronomy Political Science Psychology Sociology

Comprehensive Strategic Plan

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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Annual Report 10-11

Executive Summary

01 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Parviz AnsariDean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

I am pleased to present the 2010-11 Annual Report of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This report is a collection of the achievements of the academic departments and special programs within the College from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

At the completion of my second year as the Dean of CLAS at Rowan University, I am proud to present the many exciting initiatives of the College. During the summer of 2011, we finalized the goals, objectives and action steps of the College-wide Strategic Plan. Inaugurated in the Fall 2009 semester, the strategic planning process has been a collective effort of CLAS faculty and administration. Throughout the past year, the College has progressed in its strategic biomedical, environmental, and public policy initiatives through faculty hiring, curricular development, and research planning. Program consolidation and a reorganization of the Deans Team, framed within the strategic plan and to be implemented in the current fiscal year, will serve to strengthen the Colleges offerings and create opportunities for advancement. Moreover, the College has worked to increase awareness of our faculty, student and alumni accomplishments through enhancements to our website, social media applications and targeted publications.

My thanks to everyone who has participated in the development and preparation of this Annual Report.

Parviz Ansari Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Executive Summ

ary

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Accelerated BA/MA Dual Degree and an MA in History (Spring11);

Accelerated BA/MA in Law and Justice Studies and Criminal Justice (Fall11);

Sequence A in Africana Studies for the Liberal Studies: Humanities/Social Sciences major (Fall11);

Sequence A in Geography for the Liberal Studies: Humanities/Social Sciences major (Fall11);

Post-baccalaureate Certificate program in Psychology (Fall11);

BA in Physics (starts Spring12);

BS in Planning (starts Spring12);

BS in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) (starts Spring12);

BA in Applied Geographic Knowledge and Skills (starts Spring12);

BA in Integrated Studies in Geography and Environment (starts Spring12);

Sequence A in American Studies for the Liberal Studies: Humanities/Social Sciences major (starts Spring12).

New Major Degree Programs Academic Year 2011-2012

Business Spanish (Fall11);

German (Fall11);

Geographic Information Systems (starts Spring12);

Planning (starts Spring12);

Geographic Inquiries into Global Issues (starts Spring12);

Applied Geographic Knowledge and Skills (starts Spring12).

New Minors Academic Year 2011-2012

New Concentrations Academic Year 2011-2012

College Strategic Planning

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In 2009, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences initiated its comprehensive 5-year strategic planning. Lead by a dedicated team of faculty, staff and administration of the College, the 2010-2011 academic year marked the adoption of the first formal strategic plan in the Colleges history. The strategic planning efforts identified goals and objectives for the five main areas of development: undergraduate education, graduation education, faculty and staff enrichment, infrastructure and budgeting, and localization/globalization.

The CLAS faculty met during a Mini-Summit in October 28, 2010 to discuss the progress of the strategic planning efforts originally begun in the previous academic year. The group brainstormed about the directions and possibilities for the College in the future. Soon after the summit, the Executive Committee spearheaded the efforts in compiling ideas and suggestions from the goal committees, resulting in the creation of a unified plan for the Colleges future steps. New Mission and Vision Statements emerged along with a collective articulation of the Colleges values. During the year of 2011-2012 the College will engage in prioritizing the goals and objectives resulting in the implementation of the plan.

Mission

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences affirms the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences as the core of liberal education and the foundation of professional preparation. As the largest and most diverse academic unit of Rowan University, the College is committed to excellence in instruction, research, and scholarship. Its disciplines promote extensive interaction between faculty and students, attention to individual development of critical and creative thinking, the building of interdisciplinary communities through partnerships both internal and external, and the development of new knowledge through research and creative activities. The College plays an essential role in Rowans mission: to educate students who remain lifelong learners and ethically responsible citizens, sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and engaged in advancing our global society.

Values

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences values the following:

Collaborativelearning; Active,interdisciplinaryandexperientiallearning; Liberaleducationbasedonprinciplesofethicalandsocialresponsibility.

Vision

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences aspires to be a premier student-centered college recognized as one of the best among its peers nationwide and a model for displaying the value of liberal education.

College Strategic Planning

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan

College Strategic Planning

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Undergraduate EducationImprovelearningoutcomeassessments.Createinterdisciplinaryeducationconnectingall clusters of the College.Developpartnershipswithanincreasedutilization of the Camden Campus. Developnon-traditionalundergraduateand alternative methods of delivery.

Graduate EducationEnhanceandstrategicallyexpandgraduate programs.

Faculty and Staff Enrichment GoalsEnhancethecommitmentoftheCollegeto academic quality and integrity by focusing on faculty- and staff-related issues.

Infrastructure and BudgetingDevelopandfundnewacademicand entrepreneurial programs.Promoteexternalgrantactivities.Increasefoundationandcorporatefunding.Establishongoingfundraisinginitiativesto increase available resources.Improvethequalityandnumberofstudentsand their retention rates.PromotetheCollegethroughonlineandprint publications and other means.

Localization/GlobalizationIncorporatestudyabroadprogramsinour education.Improveinternationalizationinourcurriculum and cultural activities.Developnewstrategicpartnershipswith universities abroad and with selected high schools and community colleges.Promotestudentandfacultyengagementincivic services in local areas.Improveourtown/gownrelationship.

College Strategic Goals

College at a Glance

05 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2010 - 2011 Office of the Dean

Parviz AnsariDean

Ansari@rowan.edu

Cindy VittoAssociate Dean

Vitto@rowan.edu

Kristen DiNoviAssistant Dean

Dinovi@rowan.edu

Francine KnightSecretary

Knight@rowan.edu

Dottie MastranduonoSecretary

Mastranduono@rowan.edu

Christine DiBlasiSecretary,

Interdisciplinary StudiesDiBlasi@rowan.edu

Aimee BurginProgram Coordinator and Advisor, Liberal Studies: Humanities/Soc. Science

Burgin@rowan.edu

Dorie GilchristCoordinator,

Exploratory Studies Program

Gilchrist@rowan.edu

Alison KrufkaDeans Fellow for

AsssessmentKrufka@rowan.edu

DJ AngeloneDeans Fellow for

ResearchAngeloned@rowan.edu

2011 - 2012 Office of the Dean

Parviz AnsariDean

Ansari@rowan.edu

Ieva ZakeAssociate Dean for Academic AffairsZake@rowan.edu

Tricia YurakAssistant Dean for

Underaduate and Graduate Students

Yurak@rowan.edu

Francine KnightSecretary

Knight@rowan.edu

Greg CaputoAssistant Dean for

Research and GrantsCaputo@rowan.edu

Christine DiBlasiSecretary,

Interdisciplinary StudiesDiBlasi@rowan.edu

Aimee BurginProgram Coordinator and Advisor, Liberal Studies: Humanities/Soc. Science

Burgin@rowan.edu

Janet LindmanAssistant Dean for

Assessment and Planning

Lindman@rowan.edu

Dottie MastranduonoSecretary

Mastranduono@rowan.edu

Cindy VittoSenior Fellow

Vitto@rowan.edu

Gloria SandersDirector of Finance and

AdministrationSandersg@rowan.edu

Rose AttanasiSecretary to the DeanAttanasi@rowan.edu

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