Effective for the 2017-18 school year, the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) has been restructured. The School of Education is now the Division of Education, with Human Services falling under the College of Liberal Arts; SEHS no longer exists.
Dr. Marinak is the Executive Director of the Division of Education and will report directly to the provost, while Dean Palmer has stepped down to Professor Palmer. In addition to Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts also includes Sociology and Criminal Justice.
The idea to restructure SEHS came about from the Mount’s Effectiveness and Efficiency Review. Results showed an interest for changing how schools operate, which lead to a survey by Provost Jennie Hunter-Cevera, and two forums held by President Timothy Trainor. A task force was formed, which included a faculty member from each department, to decide how a school restructure would benefit students.
After many conversations, a decision was made to keep the School of Natural Science and Mathematics separate from the College of Liberal Arts, and to restructure SEHS. Hunter-Cevera says that this restructure will help to stimulate growth for the Education program and give greater empowerment and autonomy to our Frederick campus.
The College of Liberal Arts places great emphasis on the collaboration and mixing of departmental offerings. By moving Human Services, these students will benefit from these collaborative programs to create a richer educational experience and improve and enhance the Human Services curriculum.
Although the schools have been restructured, programs are expected to stay the same, if not improve. “We believe this will allow us to grow our programs and more effectively develop new programs,” Marinak says.
“When you put up a challenge, people put up innovative solutions,” Hunter-Cevera adds. “It’s about serving our students, and the school restructure was focused on benefitting our students.”
The new format will help better connect the dots between majors, minors and departments, and students can expect more class offerings in the future and new collaborative programs among schools.
The Division of Education has plans to grow the Frederick programs in Elementary Education and the dual certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. More faculty members will be encouraged to teach classes there, and there are plans to make better use of the Frederick campus for summer and online classes. The Division will also grow the graduate programs on both campuses, and work to build a program off site to train leaders in Anne Arundel County.