Also listed here—following SCED-prefix courses--are sections of departmental Evening courses sponsored this semester by the School of Community Education or otherwise appearing in the Evening/Saturday period.
Courses with the SCED designation are offered with the approval of the Wittenberg faculty through the School of Community Education. They appear in the Evening and Weekend schedule exclusively. Although designed primarily for adult/non-traditional students in the Organizational Leadership and Health Care Leadership programs, most of them are also open to traditional students who meet stated prerequisites. Where appropriate, the Dean allocates a fixed number of places for traditional students in these and other SCE-sponsored courses, and registration for these places is through the regular procedure. In cases where the Dean’s allocation has been filled, traditional students need his signature on a Course Change (ADD) form in order to register. Adult students enroll through the normal SCE process.
SCED 200L Liberal Studies Colloquium: The foundation of the adult degree program and an intellectual orientation to Wittenberg for adults. (Also open to a limited number of traditional transfer students.) The Colloquium (Latin for "speaking together") introduces students to a mature level of critical thinking, research processes, and both written and oral expression. We'll pursue this development through the study of the topic, Intercultural Communication, moving from experience through a solid theoretical understanding. We will engage with the topic through a selection of experiential observations that reveal how culture shapes the communication process in ways both apparent and subtle. For instance, in business settings, Americans place a high value on informality (e.g., immediate use of first names) and “getting down to business.” Fine--if all participants are operating in a midwestern U.S. context. Not so fine--in fact, downright insulting—if the context is a meeting with Japanese or Arab counterparts, or even within certain settings in the American South. More subtle dynamics can arise from the presence of more than one gender or ethnic connection and the relative social and political standing of participants.
We will examine the factors contributing to effective communication in an intercultural context, considering such topics as ethnocentrism; cultural perceptions, values and beliefs; language and meaning; and nonverbal habits. We will describe and analyze the communication systems of selected cultures. The goal of the course is both instrumental (how to deal with cultural differences) and philosophical. Culture is not merely an element to “get past” but the matrix within which all communication takes place. And so, we also have the goal of understanding and appreciating cultures different from our own, with their unique histories and their function of providing a framework that makes complex social interchange possible.
SCED 300-01 Issues: Organization Development Mr. Danal Neal
While formally an application of behavioral theory to organizational structures, in common terms, OD is a form of change management. The change in question may be one that has occurred due to the intrusion of events—e.g., a merger or the introduction of a new technology. Or it may be one that ought to happen—e.g., the infusion of a proactive and customer-focused approach in an organization that has become stodgy and turf-ridden. Essentially, OD is the means of organizing and empowering people to meet changed or changing conditions. The tools available for leading an OD effort include assessment, team-building, training/coaching, and leadership development. Through a case-oriented approach, we will consider selected OD theories and will test these by practicing planning and implementation activities. Dr. Neal (Ed.D., University of Tennessee) is Executive Manager of the Electrical Contractors Association, Western Ohio Chapter and brings a lengthy experience in training and development.
SCED 300-02 Issues: Introduction to Business Internet Activities Dr. Markus Kruse
The primary product of this course will be a hands-on project in which students create their own site for marketing a product or service. Those with sufficient technical expertise will execute their work directly on the web; those without this level of skill will use traditional methods such as storyboards. So that students’ work will be informed by an adequate knowledge base, we will be surveying the following: 1. theoretical foundations of the internet from a user’s perspective—its physical constituents, possibilities and limitations, and the modes of interactive media; 2. requirements for supporting an interactive site; 3. introduction to sources for management and marketing and practice in navigating them; 4. issues pertaining to e-commerce, including procedures for implementation; 5. requirements for a properly functioning site: technical/editorial, aesthetic, marketing, legal, managerial. Outside the project itself, there will be continuous use of pc’s to illustrate the concepts of the course. Dr. Kruse (Ph.D., Ohio State University) has operated his own web service to the art gallery community and has served as Wittenberg’s webmaster.
SCED 300-03 Issues: Producing Effective Proposals Mrs. Cathy Balas
Whatever our field, most of us confront the major task of submitting proposals. These arise in a variety of settings and with a range of goals: to raise funds, to solicit work, to start a program, to change policies or organizational structure. A common element, however, is the allocation or redirection of resources—a heavy-duty exercise in persuasion.
The use of “Producing” rather than “Writing” is no accident, for writing is the last act in a process of research, evaluation, and the matching of needs to the resources available. Students will consider the entire process and gain practice in its components while writing various kinds of proposals. These components include: developing strategies for turning situations into opportunities for making proposals, locating and evaluating Requests for Proposals (RFP), developing a response plan, detailing a budget, developing a work plan for on-time and on-budget fulfillment, using networks to strengthen proposals, and editing for impact. The process is actually an exercise in accommodating to an ego outside one’s own. The successful proposal writer moves from “Give me the money (or new policy, etc.) because I have an idea that I like” to “Give me the money because I can help you to implement a goal that we both value.” Thus, one can consider this course as an exercise in practical empathy. Mrs. Balas (M.S., Central Michigan University) is Director of Employee Relations/Personnel for the Clark County Commissioners.
SCED 320 The Legal Environment of Health Care Practice Mr. John Green and Mr. Richard Sites.
A requirement in the Health Care Leadership Program, this course is a critical examination of the laws and regulations governing health care delivery in the United States. Topics include the foundations, development, and application of tort law, licensing and accreditation, liability of providers and institutions, regulatory control, and bioethics. Students are to develop not only an understanding of “legal content” but of the philosophical and policy-level principles that give rise to the body of laws and regulations; they are to demonstrate their understanding by making properly grounded and legally defensible applications to particular cases throughout the course. Uses the @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive learning. Mr. Sites (J.D., University of Denver College of Law) is General Counsel for the Ohio Hospital Association and Mr. John Green (J.D., Ohio Northern University School of Law) is an associate with the firm of Porter, Wright, Morris, and Arthur.
SCED 400 Senior Leadership Seminar Dr. Elma Lee Moore.
Adult students synthesize their learning from previous study and experience and develop it into a major report. In this report, students typically identify a problem or process in an organizational setting, provide analysis, present options, and propose appropriate action. The inquiry process, developed in conjunction with the instructor and through activities with the group, addresses the dimensions of both management and leadership. Students present their report in writing to the instructor and orally to the seminar group. The report also serves as the basis for the oral senior assessment presentation for the Liberal Studies major —taking the form of an executive briefing. This course uses the @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive learning. Dr. Moore is Director of Adult Leadership Programs.
ART 498, BIOL 496, PHIL 400: These are courses serving senior-level students in the respective disciplines. See the departmental headings.
EDUC 339/349 Teaching Social Studies—Middle Grades/ Secondary School. Mr. John Moore.
See the description for these combined courses under the Education heading. Mr. Moore (M.Ed., Wright State University) has been a faculty member at Southeastern High School
GEOL 110B Introduction to Geology Dr. David Miller
See the description under the Geology heading. Note the required Saturday field trip to Ohio Caverns and Cedar Bog. Dr. Miller (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is on the faculty at Clark State Community College and taught at Wittenberg last year.
HIST 222H United States History II Dr. Molly Wood, Assistant Professor of History.
See the description under the History heading.
HIST 301 Topic: Greek Gods, Gold, and Mysteries Dr. Darlene Brooks-Hedstrom, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
See the description under the History heading.
MATH 112Q Mr. Garry Barhorst
See the description under the Mathematics heading. Mr. Barhorst (M.A., Ohio State University) is Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics. He teaches algebraic math at Springfield North High School and has taught Calculus at Wittenberg. He is a recipient of the Clark County Teacher of the Year award.
MGT 225 Financial Accounting Dr. Ravi Shankar
See the description under the Management heading. Dr. Ravi Shankar, CPA is Controller for the Clark County MRDD Board.
MGT 260S-4W Organizational Behavior Mr. Ron Larsen.
We will examine the behavior of people in formal organizations, with work organizations being the principal object. In our examination, we will consider individual behavior and motivation; we will explore the relation-ships between individuals—communication, team and other group dynamics, leadership, influence, power; and we will study key organizational characteristics—structure, culture, and adaptation to environmental changes (especially the balancing of stability and change. The emphasis will be on using applicable theories to analyze and improve individual, team, and organizational performance. Under the “learning contract” structure of this section, students will have flexibility in establishing personal course objectives but must also manifest a high degree of initiative and responsibility in achieving them. This course uses the @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive learning. Mr. Larsen, a management consultant with the EdVantage Group, worked for many years in training and development for the NCR Corporation. He is past president of the American Society for Training and Development—Western Ohio Chapter.
RELI 101R—Introduction to the Bible See the description under the Religion heading. Dr. Larry Wellborn (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is a faculty member at Union Theological Seminary, Dayton.
RUSS 106F Russian for Professionals II Dr. Lila Zaharkov, Associate Professor of Languages.
Second course in a two-course sequence. This sequence introduces students to Russia’s language and culture. Specifically created for the adult learner, the course meets once a week for 2 hours, using the most up-to-date methodology, which includes the use of video, multimedia language laboratory and web-accessed exercises that allow students to work with classroom material at their own pace, taking into account the particular demands of adult students. The textbook is accompanied by a manual written by the instructor to enable students to work on assignments between class sessions. (Limited to six students.)
SOCI 101S Introduction to Sociology Dr. Sharon Houseknecht, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology.
See the description under the Sociology heading.
SOCI 277C/R Islam and Islamic Societies Dr. Jerry Pankhurst, Professor of Sociology
See the description under the Sociology heading.
SPAN 105 Spanish for Professionals I Dr. Lillian Franklin, Associate Professor of Languages
First course of a two-course sequence enabling adult students to achieve language competency goals within the context of their professional and personal interests. The course is open only to adults students. Very small classes, close attention, and use of a variety of resources are designed to develop competencies in the speaking, listening, reading, and writing of Spanish. SPAN 105 is to be followed by SPAN 106F in Summer Term I. The latter course, with a grade of C- or higher, meets the Foreign Language Competency requirement.
THDN 120A Art of the Theatre Mr. James Humphries, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance
See the description under the Theatre and Dance heading.