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Strategic Plan for Modern Languages & Literatures

Context For Planning

The plan that we came up targets three areas. First, in the area of teaching, given that teaching is the primary responsibility at GVSU, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures intentionally focused on areas that will not only maintain good teaching, but rather take us to the next level of providing transformational learning opportunities for our students. To that end, there is a great deal of focus on this area in the next five years. In order to enhance our teaching and connections with students, we plan to do the following: 1. Increase the number of credit hours that are taught by regular tenure track faculty. Weve made some progress in this area, but still more than a majority of our credits are taught by non-tenure track faculty. We believe strongly that increasing the number of credits taught by regular faculty will have a positive impact on retention of students and the number of majors and minors. Our courses offer practical skills that students gain. These include critical and creating thinking skills as well as information literacy and research competency skills. But our goal is to provide further training for all faculty so these skills are articulated explicitly and so our students recognize that they are learning such skills. We hope that the ultimate goal is for our students to be proficient in speaking to these skills in their future career search. 2. Work with students on undergraduate research opportunities. 3. Provide advising that helps students advance through their degree, but also have an understanding of career options after graduation. 4. Explore online/hybrid models for language classes. 5. Develop, lead, and promote high impact experiences. 6. Provide professional development in second language teaching to our faculty and teachers in the West Michigan area. 7. Train faculty and staff in areas of inclusion. Second, in the area of Scholarship, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures values active scholarship and creative activity. The department expects its tenure track faculty to be active scholars and to disseminate their work at conferences and through publications. To that end, the department will continue to provide opportunities for professional development to advance this objective. This includes, for example, continued financial support for faculty to present their work at national and international conference. It also includes providing opportunities for discussion and developing a community of scholars through our regular colloquia. And third, we tried to bring all of these areas above together in our focus on institutional reputation. The department will be deliberate about advancing the universitys image and reputation. This will be done through highlighting our programs, but also faculty, students, and alumni success on our website. Our goal is do so consistently on an annual basis.

Mission

MLL is a student-centered learning community that fosters greater understanding of diverse cultural, literary, and linguistic perspectives.

Vision

We prepare our students to be informed global citizens, lifelong learners, and productive professionals who are able to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage successfully in diverse environments.

Value Statement

As a department we value:

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

Within five years, two thirds of credit hours in MLL will be taught by tenure track faculty.

Baseline

Number of credits taught by tenure track faculty in 2015.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
37.6% of credits in MLL were taught by tenure track faculty in 2015; 43.9% of credits in MLL were taught by tenure track faculty in 2016. This marks a 6.3% increase from 2015 to 2016.

Objective 1.A.2

All courses in Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) explicitly target critical and/or creative thinking skills in their courses.

Baseline

Establish baseline in 2018.

Objective 1.A.3

The majority of courses at the 202 level and above will incorporate information literacy skills and research competency.

Baseline

Establish baseline beginning of Winter 2018.

Objective 1.A.4

The majority of MLL tenure track faculty will mentor students in undergraduate research, including McNair, SSD, S3.

Baseline

Current number of faculty who mentor students.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Invited Susan Mandoza, Director of Undergraduate Research, to meet with faculty and talk about opportunities to work with undergraduate students.

Objective 1.A.5

MLL will develop advising processes that help students gain awareness of career options and complete their studies in a timely fashion.

Baseline

Current advising practices

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Put together an advising plan and have already started implementing the steps.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 1.C.1

MLL faculty will develop, lead, and promote high-impact learning experiences (e.g. study abroad, internships, community engagement, and extra-curricular opportunities).

Baseline

Current number of faculty participating in high-impact experiences

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Faculty led study abroad programs and excursions.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 1.D.1

MLL supports the development of hybrid and online courses.

Baseline

No courses are offered currently.

Objective 1.D.2

The majority of faculty in MLL will use LRC resources to engage students in innovative projects and pedagogies.

Baseline

current level of faculty engagement

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
35 of 57 faculty used the LRC resources to engage students through mini and major projects. This marks a 61.4% of faculty, which is a good majority.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

All new faculty and staff participate in training on inclusion and intercultural competence.

Baseline

Current opportunities

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No data reported yet, but the time frame is until 2021.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 2.C.1

MLL will to provide professional development opportunities for language teachers in West Michigan.

Baseline

Current workshop opportunities

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
We have an established structure where we organize two workshops for teachers each fall and winter semester.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 2.D.1

MLL will provide and support development opportunities to assist faculty in staying current with best practices in L2 pedagogy.

Baseline

Current opportunities

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Regularly organize workshop in the Fall with an outside speakers, but we also organize our August Teaching Workshop every year as well.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 4.A.1

MLL will continue to highlight its academic programs as well as student, faculty, and alumni success through its website and/or magazine.

Baseline

Current website and magazine.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
The website has been completely revised and re-imagined in the past couple of years. We have now added a spotlights sections with several tabs.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 4.D.1

Tenure track faculty in MLL will disseminate their scholarship through conference presentations, publications, etc.

Baseline

Current levels of research activity.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Active year for faculty in MLL: two scholarly books, 1 creative book, 12 articles (in journals and conference proceedings), nine book chapters, five book reviews, 2 encyclopedia articles, and twenty nine conference presentations.

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