|MSU STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PROPOSAL FOR INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES|
|Title||Expanding Student Engagement in Political Science Sociology and Anthropology||Request Date||2012-11-30|
|Department||Political Science jointly with Sociology and Anthropologyemail@example.com|
|Requestor||Linda Young||Phone||406 599 2570|
|Cross Depts||This proposal will provide benefits to the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, and Political Science.|
|Proposed Dates||Start: June 2013||End:|
|The departments of Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology propose to hire an interdisciplinary internship and engagement coordinator to enhance and expand community engagement opportunities for our students (Objective E.1 of MSU Strategic plan). Such a position will afford both departments the opportunity to collaboratively increase and sustain internship and engagement opportunities, improve program structure, and collect data pivotal for program assessment. We will contextualize the strategic plan by trying new ways to increase student engagement, and will share lessons learned broadly across campus.|
|MSUís strategic plan highlights the importance of student engagement in our local, national and international communities. Two departments in the College of Letters and Science, Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology, have joined together to propose the hiring of an Internship and Engagement Coordinator. This person (.5 FTE appointment) will be responsible for a myriad of duties designed to integrate the community into the lives of our students and provide them with meaningful experiences to serve and to learn. If funded, this proposed position will serve to help the university accomplish Objective E.1 of the MSU Strategic Plan: Strategically increase service, outreach, and engagement at MSU, by establishing and sustaining an interdisciplinary program of internships and engagement for students across three different disciplines. We will contextualize the strategic plan by trying new ways to increase student engagement, we will collect data on key indicators of success, and we will share our experiences broadly across campus with other departments and the Office of Activities and Engagement.|
|COST AND REQUIREMENTS|
|Funding Type:||One-Time Only Funding||Base (3-yr Recurring) Funding|
|FY13||FY14||FY15||Base ($)||OTO Startup ($)||FTE;|
|Materials & Supplies||1000|
|Please comment, if necessary, regarding cost and requirements.||
Salary: Base salary of $40,000 for this position. We intend to hire a NTT faculty member with a minimum of a masters degree to facilitate the integration of learning and engagement.
Benefits: calculated as per instructions above.
Materials and supplies: for communications and information.
Travel: to meet with potential community collaborators.
Capital: one time funding to purchase a computer.
|Describe the Proposal|
A political science student currently engaged in an internship recently stated that the “community is our lab” when she explained the significance of her work with the ACLU; how this opportunity has given her the chance to use the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom; the intrinsic rewards from her work, and finally, how it will increase her ability to find employment upon graduation. The disciplines of sociology, anthropology and political science focus on how to understand and improve the human condition, and engagement in the processes of governance, policy analysis, the provision of social and justice services, are key components of student learning and success.
We propsoe to hire an Internship and Engagement Coordinator. This person (.5 FTE appointment) will be responsible for a myriad of duties designed to integrate the community into the lives of our students and provide them with meaningful experiences to serve and to learn.
Under the guidance of this coordinator, students will have the opportunities to engage in a variety of community-focused activities, (with some for credit), including, but not limited to, the following:
ü Participating in internships that enable students to “take the classroom to the community”;
ü Co-curricular service learning;
ü Curricular service learning;
ü Short-term and event volunteer opportunities;
ü Student organized lecture and public-speaking events
If funded, this proposed position will serve to help the university accomplish Objective E.1 of the MSU Strategic Plan: Strategically increase service, outreach, and engagement at MSU, by establishing and sustaining an interdisciplinary program of internships and engagement for students across three different disciplines. We will contextualize the strategic plan by trying new ways to increase student engagement, we will collect data on key indicators of success, and we will share our experiences broadly across campus with other departments and the Office of Activities and Engagement. We have discussed our proposal with Kathy Tanner, Office of Activities and Engagement, to seamlessly coordinate our proposed activities with their efforts. She supports our efforts to provide engagement activities specific to our disciplines and we see opportunities for collaboration in meeting MSU’s strategic goals for engagement.
Need: While both the Departments of Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology have offered internship opportunities to students in the past, we seek to increase intern opportunities and improve program structure and sustainability. Presently, the Department of Sociology & Anthropology has initiated an Internship Program for sociology majors, but it is being organized and guided by two NTT faculty members as part of their course load responsibilities. The sustainability/continuity of this burgeoning program is highly dependent upon resources that the department may not have for the next year, let alone a longer period.
The Department of Political Science has had 70 interns over the past five years, with 20 in the last year alone. Debriefings of student interns have indicated that their experiences have been positive and significant. Currently the faculty member coordinating our internship program is struggling with the time required due to increased demand by students at a time that he faces significant new administrative duties.
|Describe the broader impacts and benefits of this proposal|
Broader Impacts and Benefits of this proposal:
Implementation Plan (Please describe with timelines)
|If assessed objectives are not met in the timeframe outlined what is the plan to sunset this proposal?|
If stated objectives are not met after three annual cycles of implementation, evaluation, and adjustments, the department heads will conduct a more thorough review process, leading to major adjustments or termination of the program. Both a representative of the Office of Activities and Engagement, and a member of the Provost's office, will be asked to serve in that review process.
|Department Head:||Linda Young (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Dean/Director:||Paula Lutz (email@example.com)|
|Executive/VP:||Martha Potvin (firstname.lastname@example.org)|