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Six units realigned to create College of Human Sciences & Education

LSU celebrated a landmark day on July 1, as six university units realigned to create the College of Human Sciences & Education.

The Department of Kinesiology; Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice; and LSU Laboratory School, which were housed in the former College of Education, along with the School of Social Work, School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development and the School of Library & Information Science, have been realigned to form the new college. Through this reorganization of resources, LSU has created a high-profile college that will have a major impact on the quality of life of the citizens of Louisiana in the areas of social and human sciences.

Laura Lindsay will serve as the Dean of the new College of Human Science & Education, with offices based out of Peabody Hall.
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The fundamental goal of the School of Social Work is for each graduate to use the knowledge and skills they learn to contribute to their communities through the competent and compassionate practice of social work.
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The decision to reconfigure these units came as the result of more than 70 meetings with deans, directors, department chairs, faculty, staff and advisory board members. The College of Agriculture, the College of Education, School of Library & Information Science and the School of Social Work have all collaborated in this effort. Laura Lindsay will serve as the new college’s dean.

“Much work has been done to bring together faculty, staff and students with the common focus of creating a new, powerful unit that will make a difference in the lives of the people in Louisiana,” said Lindsay. “These units have developed outstanding records in their own right in the areas of human development, physical and mental health, sports, social work, workplace learning and development, library and information science and education. In this new configuration, they will be able to share resources and expertise to meet the demands of today’s rapidly changing environment. The opportunities to have an impact on improving the quality of life for Louisiana citizens are endless.”

The mission of the College of Human Sciences & Education is to advance cognitive, social, emotional, communicative and physical development across the lifespan. Through teaching, research and service, the college will play a significant leadership role in addressing the complex human issues and policy decisions facing Louisiana and the nation.

“The new college achieves several things,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost John Maxwell Hamilton. “It brings together units that should have been proximate years ago, thus strengthening the units involved. And at a time of budgetary uncertainty, it stabilizes the units into a strong whole. Truly the motto of this college could be ‘we directly help the people in this state every single day.’”

A shifting of resources among some of these units, such as the School of Social Work and Library & Information Science, has been discussed for more than a decade, and this realignment creates opportunities for collaboration and growth in many areas. Some of the values the new college will embody include:

  • research, teaching and engagement activities that promote the health, well-being and dignity of all people;

  • access to information and the development of skills that allow individuals to be independent, lifelong learners and problem solvers;

  • the assessment of needs and the creation of networks, particularly in areas such as education and social and human sciences, at the community, state and national levels in order to facilitate access to knowledge and services that might otherwise be available;

  • partnerships with mutually beneficial growth and development outcomes;

  • the use of basic and applied research to inform policy and practice as a thread that links the faculty, curricula, students and community.

The realignment will increase chances for the units to work together in areas such as interdisciplinary research, collaborative degree programs and distance learning, as well as improve organization and increase productivity in areas such as grant and contract pursuit and donor support.

“The LSU School of Social Work is tremendously excited about the formation of the College of Human Sciences & Education because of the expanded resources, engagement and collaborative initiatives the new school partnerships offer,” said Daphne Cain, the former dean of the LSU School of Social Work, who will serve in director capacity in the reorganized college. “We are particularly excited about community engagement, research and public policy collaborations, including the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone ‘Social Worker in Every School’ initiative and the on-line master of social work collaborative with LSU-Shreveport.”

The Faculty and Staff in the School of Kinesiology value: physical activity across the lifespan; social, cultural and intellectual diversity; research to optimize quality of life; responsible and sustainable management of resources; and community engagement and collaboration.
Jim Zietz/University Relations

The new college offers seven undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,600 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. In addition, the University Laboratory School enrolls more than 1,300 K-12 students.
Jim Zietz/University Relations

The new college will overall encompass 117 staff and faculty, and 2,635 graduate and undergraduate students. Seven undergraduate and 18 graduate degree programs will be offered.

“The academic units that form the new college have outstanding histories in their own right,” said Lindsay. “They will continue to serve these missions. In this new configuration, they are increasing their impact by forging partnerships and sharing resources that enrich and empower their ability to provide our students with an extraordinary education and opportunities to impact the lives of our citizens.”

The new college will consist of six schools:

  • The School of Education will be led by Director Earl Cheek, and feature the Division of Curriculum & Instruction, or C&I, and the Division of Leadership, Counseling & Research, or LCR. C&I will consist of faculty and staff who perform research and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels for grades PK3-12; coordinate teacher certificate programs; and create educational partnerships on the state and parish levels. LRC will include the former Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice divisions of educational leadership, higher education, counseling and research.

  • The School of Kinesiology will be directed by Melinda Solmon. It offers programs that advance the understanding of physical activity, sport and health to optimize the quality of life. Its degrees include bachelor’s degrees in kinesiology and sports administration, along with a master’s and a Ph.D. program.

  • The School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development will be led by Director Michael Burnett. A former unit of the College of Agriculture, its mission is to prepare professionals who train, educate and lead people in developing human capital for the workplace at the local, state, national and international levels. The school will offer undergraduate programs in human resource education and business education, with master’s and Ph.D. programs in human resource education.

  • The School of Library & Information Science, directed by Beth Paskoff, is the only accredited master of library & information science degree program in Louisiana. It serves not only Louisiana, but the surrounding region by producing qualified individuals for positions of responsibility in public and private libraries, archives and other information organizations that provide a variety of services to their communities and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in these fields. It also has a Ph.D. program pending approval by the Louisiana Board of Regents.

  • The School of Social Work, led by Cain, features a master’s degree and Ph.D. program in social work. It also contains the Office of Social Service Research and Development, a research unit that fosters healthy social systems by facilitating the development, implementation and evaluation of social programs; by conducting intervention research; and by providing consultation and expertise to the university community and policy makers. The school has also been working with the School of Human Ecology on various initiatives in the area of child & family studies, and will increase with the move of four new faculty members in this area, as well as a bachelor’s degree in child & family studies.

  • The LSU Laboratory School serves more than 1,300 K-12 students and operates through the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education as an independent school system and an educational research center. It was recently named as one of the country’s top 1,000 public high schools, and also received an “A” on the annual School Report Card from the Louisiana Department of Education. It is led by Superintendent Wade Smith.

For more information about the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, visit www.lsu.edu/chse.