Whole Picture of Our Department
In order to better understand our department’s situation, let’s evaluate five major points.
The first point is “Departmental goals, features and self-improvement”. Our department’s goals for teaching and student cultivation conforms with Tunghai University’s development plans. We periodically evaluate our performance in these areas to make sure we are proceeding according to the plan. The goals we have set and our students’ core abilities attest to the importance we place on providing our graduates with the necessary tools and knowledge needed for their future. In order to better understand our academic performance, we collect and analyze faculty and student performance data from other schools. With this information, we can more accurately create a framework for development while better understanding unique features of our department.
The second point is “Course design and teaching”. Our department’s committee for course development is responsible for course design, periodic review and revision of course framework and content, and offer students guidance for learning. Our department has sufficiently high-quality faculty, but we lack the space and equipment to adequately supply our instructors and students with the resources they need to do research or hold discussions. This is really a very serious problem for us.
The third point is “Student affairs and study”. Our department encourages students to partake in interscholastic and international educational activities by them offering books, audio-visual tools, multimedia hardware, and informational software to establish an overall high quality learning environment. Our administrative personnel have a positive service oriented attitude and run administrative affairs smoothly. Homeroom teachers actively instruct students in their studies, assist them with any personal issues they have, offer career advice, and work with our department’s student body to ensure it functions normally.
The fourth point is “Research and professional performance”. Generally speaking,our faculty, master’s and doctorate students still have room to improve research of practical social work. The hard work of our doctorate students are apparent in their research presentations and publications, but master’s students need much improvement while still enrolled in our program.
The fifth point is “Post graduation performance”. We provide our students with the professional and common knowledge they will need after graduation to be successful, socially responsible, and ethical. Graduates of our department generally perform well in both pursuit of higher education and obtaining employment. We periodically survey our alumni and individuals in related organizations in order to continually improve the quality of our program and enhance the level of satisfaction of our graduates.
Every committee member in our department has a copy of our organization’s guidelines, which they refer to during meetings and while discussing agenda items. Committee members all do well with their administrative plans and duties. Members of the course planning committee and the intern committee especially excel at establishing and following their specified goals during the planning of elective and required courses. Their firm grasp of the necessary skills and qualities to pass on to our students enable them to set the framework for our department’s yearly curriculum. Our full-time faculty take turns to act as coordinators during students’ internship and hold periodic seminars to discuss and review each stage of the internship program. By reviewing years and years of revisions to our intern program, we have been able to continually update and improve it. Both the level of cooperation and our methodology in this program has allowed us to reach a high standard and establish clear regulations.
In terms of goals, our department has set clear goals and standards for our undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate courses. Every course, seminar and speech are planned out in order to realize our objectives.
Participants in our department consist of faculty members, administrative personnel and students. Our faculty generally have abundant practical experience, many of them have obtained national and international social work or therapist certification and have served as supervisors or consultants in social work associations and non-profit organizations. Most part-time faculty are managing or are involved in social work organizations. Administrative personnel are cordial, familiar with administrative procedures, very active in dealing with their work, and develop close relationships with students. A majority of our students identify strongly with our school, our department, and social work as a profession. Our department’s student government is active and united. Master’s and doctorate students come from a variety of backgrounds, and quite a few are working students, which helps their interaction and exchange of ideas.
In regards to the ability of our faculty members, they have four main tasks – teaching, research, service, and student guidance. Overall, acceptance of our faculty is high due to their abundant experience. Their level of research and service to society varies, but every faculty member is devoted to assisting and guiding students. Many of our department faculties have received outstanding teacher awards.
Environment is an ambiguous concept, so specifically this term is referring to ‘task environment’. Task environment refers to three areas. First, the strengths and people that are involved within an organization. Second, ability to set and reach goals. Third, factors that help or hinder the efforts made by organizations.
The task environments for most university departments include students, organizations both in charge of and who report to the department, competitors, governmental organizations…etc. But it is more complicated for the Department of Social Work because it includes past, present and future students, other departments, social work organizations, governmental organizations, professional organizations…etc. Given this framework, here is the analysis of opportunities and threats our department is facing.
Our department is the earliest department of social work in Taiwan, which has allowed us to establish long-term relationships with a variety of organizations and g