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Unformatted text preview: WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY 2007-2008 PROGRAM REVIEW Self-Study Completed November 15, 2007 2 A. Executive Summary The Department of Zoology has historically been and presently is amongst the largest departments in the College of Science. It is a broad, multi-faceted undergraduate life science department. Our mission statement articulates the programs expected outcomes, the process for determining and assessing them, and addresses the curricula that enables our graduates to achieve this mission. The Zoology degrees offered are the: Zoology Bachelor Degree, Biology Composite Teaching Bachelor Degree, Zoology Minor, Zoology Teaching Minor, Biotechnician Training Program Associate of Science Degree and Institutional Certificate. We also provide general education, on-line, and service courses. The Zoology faculty regularly determines ways to improve the curriculum. In the past five years major curriculum revisions have been made. Learning outcomes expected by the Department of Zoology include an understanding of basic principles such as the nature of scientific inquiry as it relates to the acquisition of biological knowledge, and the role of evolution as the major unifying principle in biology. The Zoology faculty feel that the described learning outcomes adequately address the standards in the Program Review guidelines, and have used this data to assess our program and will continue to do so. The Department of Zoology dedicates a significant amount of effort to student advising. We house the institutions premedical professional advisor, who also doubles as the preoptometry, prepodiatry and prechiropractic advisor, and the preveterinary advisor. We have enjoyed great success in placing students in medical, etc. colleges. We also have separate advisors for wildlife ecology, biotechnology, and graduate school admissions. This system of separate advising is effective in providing guidance to students. The Department of Zoology normally has 12 full-time (FTE) faculty and a small, variable number of adjuncts. Orientation and mentoring procedures for faculty and staff are informal within the Department. The Chair assumes the responsibility for informing personnel about their responsibilities, works with them so they know what is needed to excel in their positions, and informs them about development activities. Our contract faculty undergo several types of evaluation to assess the quality of their teaching. The size of the department is well suited to offering our courses in a timely, sequential fashion. We seek faculty with those qualifications suited for teaching and doing research with undergraduate students. All have doctorates, postdoctoral research and/or teaching experience, fine publication records, and are from institutions from throughout North America. A brief review of several outstanding projects is provided in the body of the main report. 3 There is one full-time professional staff person, the Laboratory Manager, and one...
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2012 for the course ZOO 2200 taught by Professor Barbcrippestrask during the Spring '11 term at Weber.

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