School of Environmental Sciences

(SOES)

2017 – 2018 SOES ACTION PLAN

3-POINT AGENDA FOR DRIVING THE CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE IN SOES

1.    EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC & RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY
2.   EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING, LEARNING AND PRODUCTIVITY
3.   IMPACTING SOCIETY POSITIVELY

a.  EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC & RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY

GOALS:

  • Support and promote the highest quality of all academic programmes and disciplines
  • Improve research quality and impact
  • Improve infrastructure to support research
  • Foster a stronger research culture, with a clearly measurable output.
  • Introduce Career development initiatives

STRATEGIES:

  • Convene quarterly strategic intellectual dialogues on the future academic directions of different Departments and programme areas.
  • Identify and develop clearly defined research priority areas to engage staff in all Departments in multidisciplinary, society-relevant research.
  • Build up a mentorship program that promotes access and interactions between experienced researchers with expertise in areas (like grant writing, research design and methods) and other academic staff.
  • Improve the functionality and revenue generation viability of laboratories in SOES.
  • Establish/implement functional collaboration and linkage programmes with sister faculties and colleges within and outside Nigeria, for staff and student exchange.
  • Departments to develop document and carry out individual career development plans for lecturers.
  • Encourage young academics to seek PhD and postdoctoral research training in research laboratories abroad.
  • Encourage staff to establish individual collaborations with scientists abroad.
  • Establish criteria for identification and reward of established productive researchers (EPRs); and ensure support for excellent researchers, commensurate with their productivity, regardless of the research area.
  • Obtain annual records of publications from each Department/Unit (from 2013) and ensure comprehensive and accurate recording of research publications in FUTO research database.
  • Establish and maintain publication requirement for PG thesis submission and defence.
  • Sustain the SOES Seminar Series
  • Set up SOES Research & Innovation Committee
  • Set up SOES Linkages Committee

b.  EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING, LEARNING AND PRODUCTIVITY

GOALS:

  • Discipline-based education
  • Student-centered and student-active teaching
  • Develop a college-wide plan for the effective use of technology in teaching.
  • Ensure that results are timely and up-to-date
  • Promote on-time graduation
  • Zero tolerance for examination malpractice

STRATEGIES:

  • Improve the quality and intensity of student advisors by continuously engaging class advisers
  • Improve quality and intensity of examination monitoring and invigilation.
  • Encourage and enforce good work ethics, within discipline-based education research and teaching.
  • Setup SOES Quality Assurance Committee to monitor staff compliance
  • Develop SOES Quality Assurance Manual.
  • Initiate consultations to implement a pilot-scale learning management system (LMS)
  • Provide technical support and training for faculty who are interested in incorporating technology into their classroom practice.
  • Include PG student supervision and completion targets in student allocation.
  • Frequently evaluate strategies to boost timely completion of PG programs.
  • Promote excellence in supervision through policy, best practice guidelines and training.

c.   IMPACTING SOCIETY POSITIVELY

GOALS:

  • To develop the structures for collaboration with Government, Industry and Society
  • Promote the culture of society-relevant research
  • Research for Development (R4D)

STRATEGIES:

  • SWOT Analysis to identify any impediments to collaboration with Government, Industry and Society.
  • Identify stakeholders and potential partners
  • Public consultations, networking and engagement to create lasting partnerships
  • Set up Alumni relations initiatives
  • Develop outreach programmes
  • Appoint innovation scouts to identify and evaluate commercializable research outputs from the different Departments.
  • Increase staff and student participation in community-engaged environmental initiatives.
 
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