AFS Mission & Strategic Plan

AFS Mission Statement

The African American Studies Program (AFS) advances the university's commitment to diverse perspectives and inclusive learning environments through course offerings, programming, and community involvement. It fosters interdisciplinary study for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students by examining how people of African descent have shaped our world. As a program located in a city with a history of Black sociopolitical movements, we provide a forum to engage the complexities of Black life across African diasporas.

Strategic Plan for AFS 2010-2015

  1. Ensure that AFS majors have opportunities for high-level accomplishments
    1. The AFS program will provide at least two "high-impact" experiences, as suggested and defined by the AAC&U, per year.
    2. AFS will seek funding to support undergraduate and graduate students participation in academic and professional activities.
    3. AFS majors will be encouraged to actively engage with the disciplinary Honors College.
    4. All AFS majors will have access to career advising and career exploration experiences at least once per academic year, to help them to formulate post-graduation goals.
  2. Continue to expand the research profile of the Program by increasing the development of and visibility of faculty research and scholarship.
    1. AFS will establish appropriate indices of success in interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative activity.
    2. By 2014, Program will apply for no less than 2 external grants.
    3. The Director will work with Development officers and the Dean to establish a Distinguished Professorship.
    4. Program faculty will develop a Masters program by 2015.
    5. The AFS Program will request at least three lines to seek tenuretrack and tenured professors with promising or established scholarly records.
    6. AFS will strive to become a nationally and internationally recognized department.
  3. Enhance the availability of undergraduate and graduate on-line courses
    1. By 2011, the Program will offer on-line courses for the Graduate Certificate.
    2. By 2011, the Program will offer at least 1 200-level course online.
  4. Continue to provide opportunities that will enhance students' knowledge about Africa and people of African descent globally
    1. The Program will work with the International Studies Program to send at least 1 AFS major a year to study abroad.
    2. The Program will work to host International Fellowship Scholars and Fulbright recipients.
    3. The Director will work with Development to increase funding support for study abroad.
    4. By 2014, the AFS Program faculty will develop at least 2 African diaspora courses.
    5. Beginning 2011, AFS will offer 1 global course each year to enhance the Program's curriculum and the University's international/global curriculum.
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