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Strategic Plan

As teachers and scholars, our faculty are committed to providing quality instruction and ensuring the success of our students; enhancing the research environment; and promoting a collegial atmosphere through meaningful service.

  1. Create an environment that provides an opportunity for student success.
    1. Increase the quality and retention of our graduate students
      1. Increase efforts to recruit high quality graduate students
      2. Balance the number of incoming graduate students with departmental teaching and  research needs
      3. Increase graduate student stipends
    2. Increase retention of our students
      1. See permanent support for SI program
      2. Create an internship program
  2. Provide high quality academic programs
    1. Strengthen chemical education
      1. Establish HS program to modeled on NSF’s “Research Experience for Undergraduates” program
      2. Update content in undergraduate teaching labs
      3. Upgrade instrumentation in the undergraduate teaching labs
      4. Establish a Center for Science Education
      5. Establish an MS in Chemical Education
      6. Increase participation in the two teaching certification programs that are currently offered
    2. Establish more interdisciplinary research
      1. Take advantage of opportunities in biomaterials and energy
      2. Integrate departmental strengths in biochemistry, molecular biology, inorganic chemistry and polymers under the aegis of materials
      3. Take advantage of the expertise in polymer science
      4. Extend collaborations throughout the College of Science & Engineering and the College of Applied Arts
      5. Actively participate in the new MSEC PhD through course offerings, doctoral research and expanded funding opportunities
      6. Promote international exchanges
      7. Establish a regular program of meetings to disseminate research information and promote collaborations
  3.  Increase research productivity
    1. Increase the number and quality of publications, proposals, awards, and expenditures
      1. Maintain a 2/2 workload for research active faculty
      2. Support proposal development
      3. Increase number of submitted proposals
      4. Upgrade TRACs resources for grantsmanship (list of successful proposals)
      5. Increase the number and quality of journal publications (especially those with student co-authors)
      6. The Chair will maintain active dialog with relevant funding agencies
    2. Improve infrastructure
      1. Add two technical staff (NMR and organic lab coordinator; IR, MS lab coordinator) and one administrative staff (grant management, faculty assistance
      2. Coordinate with the College of Science & Engineering on centralized facilities
      3. Upgrade instrumentation through MRI and CRIF proposals
  4. Create a collegial environment that unifies and promotes the success of our faculty
    1. Develop a culture of service for the greater good
      1. Emphasize that service is a responsibility of all faculty
      2. Prioritize department responsibilities to allow adequate time for junior faculty to start their research and teaching
    2. Formalize and strengthen mentorship program for assistant professors
      1. Assign senior mentors to junior faculty
    3. Recognize the successes of our faculty
      1. Emphasize departmental unity in common goals and individual achievements
      2. Actively engage regional and university media to announce accomplishments
      3. Establish faculty award committee to ensure active and frequent nominations of colleagues


Approved by the faculty of The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Jan. 20, 2012