2013-14 Unit Plan
Sociocultural Studies Department

Mission Statement

The Department of Sociocultural Studies seeks to create lifelong learners who understand and appreciate the significance of culture as a major factor in the lives of humans. 


Program Description

The Department of Sociocultural Studies is comprised of the following disciplines:  Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, History and Humanities.  Although anthropology and geography offer courses focusing on physical/natural phenomena (Geography 2 [Physical Geography] and Anthropology 2 [Physical Anthropology]), the most important over-arching theme is culture.  Most courses are for general education transfer and are dedicated to understanding culture process.  Each discipline serves a large number of students and provides courses that comprise an array of important transfer and general education requirements.   

This department, culled from the Social and Behavioral Science department through a reorganization (starting July 1 of 2008), contributes significantly to Social and Behavioral Sciences. Recently (Fall 2012) History and Humanities was added. Our separation from SBS was primarily to reduce the management load, to make both departments (SBS and SCS) easier to run.  Sociocultural Studies generates a large number of FTES and with student to instructor ratios, operates in a highly efficient manner.  With the recent surge of enrollments, our fill rates have gone up significantly—well over 70%.  

During the 2012-2013 year the Sociocultural Studies offered a total of 217 sections with 8,551 students that generated 702.9 FTES

Staffing for SCS remains an issue.  We currently have 5 active full-time faculty.  One other faculty member teaches, but has not been active in the department for several years. Finally, all courses in SCS have been approved by the Curriculum Committee.

The department is currently supported by a 50% reassigned time for a chair one position—currently held by Michael Findlay. 


Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Promote disciplines within Sociocultural Studies with their newely developed curriculum according to the TMC and AA-T.  This will support and enhance the transfer process and possibly increase enrollments.

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Sociocultural Studies Department encourages collaboration, student success, a culture of learning and progressive approaches to pedagogy.  We seek out new curriculum as well as teaching strategies that assist our students in obtaining their educational goals.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

    The Department of Sociocultural Studies will create new courses as needed and encourage professional development among faculty to support new and existing courses.  Moreover, faculty are encouraged to align course documents with updates of SLO and assessment requirements.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    All disciplines within the department have gone through curriculum and program review with the exception of Geography.  Geography's program review will be completed SP 2013.  To support some diciplines within the department we are requesting replacement full time positions in Geography and Political Science.  Course sections in this department have been strategically distributed on the main campus, Glenn County Center and the Chico Center.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 3

    We have a dynamic department that is held together by our outstanding secretary, Sara Lanam. Once again she receives unanimous appreciation from full-time and part-time faculty for her performance professionally and personally. We wish to acknowledge her in this Unit Plan for her superior performance, trustworthiness, accountability, good humor, and always being a couple of steps ahead of the rest of us. She continues to uphold the kind of professionalism that allows for a smooth running department.  We request to have her placed in a 12 month contract.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Throughout the academic year her services are called upon in support of academic excellence and faculty performance

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

    Several key themes link the strategic plan of the Sociocultural Studies department with the districts strategic plan.  A key theme for the district’s strategic plan is diversity.  Understanding cultural diversity is at the heart of what we do in Sociocultural Studies.  Our new courses will add to this important area.  For example, Anthropology 35 (Contemporary Mesoamerica) will be relevant to Latino students; moreover, this course will convey to all students the important contributions made by New World indigenous societies—all too often left out of discussions of World Civilizations.  Another key theme implied by our district plan, is inclusiveness.  All of our disciplines (anthropology, geography, political science, history and humanities) emphasize understanding across cultural, temporal and linguistic domains.  Continuing to develop courses and programs (such as Diversity Days) will contribute to the district’s goal of inclusiveness.

     

    Department Requirements Additional to Current Budget  
    Anthropology needs:   
    Videos   $800.00
    Area Content Professional Development    $2,000.00
    SI (Supplemental Instruction Support)     $500.00
       
       
     Geography needs:   
    New maps   $800.00
    Lab materials & online resources  $500.00
       
    Political Science needs:   
     Videos   $500.00
       
    History needs  
    Videos  $500.00
    Area Content Professional Development  $1,000.00

    Current Revenue Stream

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Political Science Personnel Full Time Instructor 110006121220700 $0.00 $96,956.00 Political Science currently has only one full-time instructor. In years past there were as many as three. The program is in danger of losing its way without effective leadership
    2 Yes Geography Operating Expenses New Maps 110006121220200 54300 $800.00 $0.00 The maps we currently have are outdated. Area names and boundary changes are ever changing. Computer Maps would be more up to date with changes.
    3 Yes SCS Personnel 12-Month Secretary 110006121220200 51000 $0.00 $4,000.00 Throughout the academic year her services are called upon in support of academic excellence and faculty performance. Due to a reduced schedule it is becoming increasingly hard to complete tasks in a timely manner because more disciplines have been added to her load.
    4 Yes Geography Operating Expenses Lab Materials 110006121220200 54300 $500.00 $0.00 Supplies are needed to help with labs being more interactive. Tools needed for Soil Samples and taking measurements
    5 Yes SCS Operating Expenses SI (Supplemental Instruction) 110006121220200 54300 $0.00 $500.00 Funds to help pay for tutors in CAS
    6 Yes History Operating Expenses Area Content Professional Development 110006111220500 54300 $0.00 $2,000.00 To help faculty travel to conferences that will update them on changing trends in their discipline.
    7 Yes History Operating Expenses Videos 110006111220500 54300 $0.00 $500.00 Updated videos are needed to enhance student learning
    8 Yes Anthropology Operating Expenses Videos 110006121220200 54300 $0.00 $800.00 Anthropology relies on visuals to a significant degree. Having new videos to update our collection on cultural history and ethnography is critical to maintaining a viable anthropology program
    9 Yes Political Science Operating Expenses Videos 110006121220200 54300 $500.00 $0.00 Videos are needed to enhance classroom learning.
    10 Yes SCS Operating Expenses Area Content Professional Development 110006121220200 54300 $0.00 $2,000.00 To help faculty travel to conferences that will update them on changing trends in their discipline.
    Total(s) $1,800.00 $106,756.00