About Advancing Our Leadership
The College of Arts & Letters has recognized strengths in the study of languages, literatures and cultures. However, we do not currently have the infrastructure that will enable us to establish ourselves as one of the leading universities for the study of languages in the world. We have many of the components in place, but we are missing a way to showcase and support these components in ways that reflect and advance our position as a leader in language studies. In order to accomplish this, we need to establish an academic and administrative structure that will enhance collaborations across languages, to compete for more prestigious and larger external funding, to develop more innovative approaches and initiatives, and to differentiate ourselves from our peers.
Between May and October of 2016 an Exploratory and Planning Task Force (May 2016-October 2016) was charged to investigate and begin planning for the creation of what might be called a “School of Language Studies” (final name tbd) that would include the programs currently housed in two separate departments, the Department of Romance and Classical Studies (RCS) and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages (LGSAAL), and the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA).
The Exploratory and Planning Task Force submitted its final report and recommendations to Dean Long on October 1, 2016 (available under “Task Force Report” above). The Dean accepted their recommendations and, on November 1, 2016, constituted an Action Committee to further develop a plan for a School that would undergo university review in AY 2017-18 and begin operation by the fall semester 2018.
The Action Committee (November 2016-May 2017) was charged to investigate ten areas of inquiry to recommend a planning process of the School in AY 2017-2018. Its membership included Exploratory and Planning Task Force members and two Fixed Term faculty members. The Action Committee submitted its final report and recommendations to Dean Long on May 15, 2017. The first recommendation was the establishment of a transition team who would work closely with the Chairpersons of LGSAAL and RCS, and the Directors of SLS and CeLTA. Its final report is available in Phase 2.
The School Executive Planning Committee (August 2017-May 2018) has been charged with managing the necessary steps toward the creation of the School. Information about their activities and actions is available in Phase 3.
**For more information please contact the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Letters at (517) 355-4597 or (517) 432-0433.