Physical Science Department

 

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Physical Science Department is to provide university parallel curricula, quality general education, and to provide service to the community and college with well-qualified faculty and technical resources.

Faculty:

Goal

Hire and retain qualified professionals dedicated to superb undergraduate instruction.

Objectives:

  • For available positions, advertise widely followed by a rigorous interview process for full time and adjunct faculty.
  • Continually evaluate and reward instructor performance based on organized student/colleague feedback.
  • Support and encourage teachers to participate in continuing education and professional development opportunities.
  • Encourage a good working environment that inspires loyalty toward the college.

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Students:

Goal

The Physical Science Department will provide students with scientific concepts in a manner that is understandable, that serves as a foundation upon which to build further scientific principles, and that allows students to make informed decisions about scientific information and its relevance to society.

Objectives:

  • Provide excellent education through courses in the physical sciences that will readily transfer to all four-year institutions.
  • Attract students to major in the physical sciences by conveying that science is pertinent and applicable in all areas of life.
  • Give students up-to-date information about opportunities in physical sciences and guide them through appropriate coursework.
  • Provide students with experiences that will allow them to design, carry out and communicate the results of scientific research.

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Facility:

Goals:

The Physical Science Department classroom and laboratory facilities will provide an up to date, safe environment that promotes learning. Offices and storage areas will support and enhance the effectiveness of instructors and staff.

Objectives:

  • To provide classrooms, offices, and labs that have the technology and resources, both hardware and software, necessary to demonstrate concepts, and measurement techniques with modern instrumentation.
  • A five year plan for physical plant growth will be developed and maintained that incorporates increases in faculty, student enrollment and course offerings.
  • Instructors will have individual offices that are well furnished and equipped. Part time instructors will have access to dedicated office space and equipment.
  • To ensure safety and an adequate learning environment, classroom and lab capacities will not be exceeded by more than 15%.
  • The safety and security of the department's supplies and equipment will be ensured by adequate storage areas.
  • Building maintenance and support facilities will keep pace with department growth.
  • Department will schedule classroom and labs for offered courses, course preparation, curriculum development and student enrichment studies.
  • Scheduling of classrooms and labs for non department classes will be reviewed by the department for safety and security of equipment and supplies.

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College of Southern Idaho

Goal:

The Physical Science Department supports the College of Southern Idaho's mission and goals by fostering communication and collaboration with other Departments to mutually enhance and compliment the college's activities.

Objectives:

  • Maintain representation in College-wide committees and activities.
  • Establish a communication network with other areas of the college by a process of social interactions and informative dialogue.
  • Maintain communication with other departments through retreats, collaborative projects and social events.

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Community

The Department acknowledges that service to the community is an integral component of the mission of a community college. The Department will:

  • Participate in community activities (e.g. Chemistry Magic shows, Boy Scouts, Science Camp, science fairs, Science Trek...)
  • Participate, when appropriate, in events off campus to publicize that the department is a community science resource.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to publicize our services for the community.
  • Promote and assist with science education in the community.

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