The Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 for the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures:
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures dedicates itself to the intellectual and experiential development of its students, by offering courses of the highest caliber in culture, language pedagogy, linguistics, and global literature. We are proud to foster a global citizenry as expressed in Educate • Connect • Elevate and the University's International Strategic Plan, 2014-2018. Furthering that goal, we continue to enhance our offerings and place our unique learning and expertise at the service of Illinois State University, the people of Illinois, and the academic community.
Consistent with the University-wide strategic plan, Educating Illinois, and the College of Arts and Sciences strategic plan, we in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures value:
We value the active pursuit of learning and scholarship through research and its dissemination through publication and teaching. We are seriously committed to the scholar/teacher model in keeping with the longstanding goals of the College and the University. We believe the two roles are indissolubly intertwined. Just as teaching benefits from research conducted outside the classroom, research benefits from ideas first generated as part of course preparation.
We value the development of student skills necessary for lifelong learning, critical thinking, and engaged citizenship within a global society. We encourage the development of marketable and transferable skills among students, as well as strictly discipline-based skills, in order that our students may take their place as informed citizens in the wider society. We value student-centered instruction, as per the CAS strategic plan, which includes strong academic support services and advisement, excellent instruction and learning that together provide a sense of academic community and identification with the college. We value the development of undergraduate and graduate programs of the highest standards.
We value participation at all levels of administrative organization of the University and the College as part of our role as members of a thriving academic community. We value engagement with students and faculty of other disciplines, as part of our contribution to the overall quality of scholarship, learning, and teaching at Illinois State University. As a department of languages, literatures, and cultures, we must perform and indeed seek to expand our role in developing and supporting the global dimension of higher education both inside the University and within our local, state, national, and international communities.
We value the diversity of ideas, academic freedom, cooperation and collegiality among faculty members and the enfranchisement of all members of the Department in setting and managing Departmental goals and priorities, as well as participation in setting goals and recommending policies of the College and the University. We value tolerance of divergent views.
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LAN) will ensure long-term success in meeting and exceeding our goals by strategically investing in faculty recruitment and development, improving student recruitment and mentoring, and improving our facilities and intellectual environment. As the University moves forward with its initiative to "internationalize" the institution at all levels (see International Strategic Plan, 2014-2018), we are committed to being an integral part of all such endeavors. Given that our core mission has always centered on international and global issues, we are poised to make a unique contribution to the curriculum and to the intellectual life of ISU by enhancing our strengths in this area.
Ensure that LAN remains at the center of campus-wide discussions and initiatives involving "internationalization" and "globalization," particularly with regard to those initiatives outlined in the University's International Strategic Plan, 2014-2018.
Continue to make innovative revisions to our academic programs and courses in order to meet the employment needs of our 21st-century students while still emphasizing the importance of a liberal arts education for a well-informed citizenry.
Prepare our teacher candidates to meet licensure requirements and become future leaders in language and culture teaching circles.
Recruit, retain, and mentor an increasingly diverse and well-prepared cohort of students across all LAN programs.
Recruit, retain, and mentor exceptional faculty who are committed to excellence in research and creative activity, teaching, and service.
Increase outreach initiatives within the University and Bloomington-Normal communities.
Forge stronger connections to our alumni base and our department's Alumni Advisory Board.
Approved by faculty vote on October 28, 2015.