FACULTY OF HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (HASS) (For Professionalism and Integrity)
By Dr. AnkwasiizeG. Evarist AJ (Psy. D)
This article expands on a study of professional development programmes in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Kisubi headed by Fr. Dr. Ankwasiize G. Evarist (Psy.D) of the religious institute of the Apostles of Jesus religious Missionaries. He examined how professional development programmes are crucial to develop academic excellence in Higher Education instruction and research at University of Kisubi.
Faculty of HASS has over the years attempted to be:
1.Learner-centered, where student learning is positioned at the centre of the teaching process.
2.Educational: The faculty does more than simply providing suggested teaching tips. It helps faculty members gain a deeper understanding of effective teaching methods, approaches and styles.
3.Collaborative: The HASS faculty works closely with faculty members to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and help devise strategies for improvement.
4.Constructive, by maintaining a supporting role to provide constructive and practical feedback to the faculty.
5.Data-driven: The HASS faculty helps faculty members identify and address the sources of their teaching problems by collecting regular information on their teaching practices.
6.Research-based: The Faculty distils, synthesizes and applies research to help faculty members in their teaching and practicum.
Specifically, HASS provides faculty members with a holistic framework of programmes, professional learning opportunities and other services to best meet their diverse needs at various stages of their careers. Currently, four categories of professional development programmes and services are offered by HASS which are described below.
1.Required programmes: The required programmes consist of the completed course structures and guide materials that lecturers use for instruction.
2.Practicum manuals: The faculty has developed guide manuals for the programmes of social work and management, counselling psychology, Human and religious studies and it is busy preparing a guide manual for biomedical laboratory technology students.
3.Consultancy: HASS provides customized consultation services to individual faculty members, as well as department and programme teams. The faculty looks forward for a time when Individual faculty members can obtain personal support in areas such as writing teaching development grants, teaching awards, peer review of teaching materials and peer review of teaching practices.
4.Special events: HASS collaborates with scholars and practitioners within Uganda and internationally, through holding seminars of visiting speakers, symposia, workshops and showcasing best practices, to facilitate open dialogue and sharing of innovative practices in teaching and learning. The faculty has worn a certificate of recognition for effective training of counsellors in Uganda in the Uganda counselling association annual conference in Makerere in May 2015.
A sound evaluation and feedback structure is an important part in the faculty of HASS’s work. In reference to faculty evaluations, all first year and final year students are required to complete Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning (SETL) questionnaires to evaluate their learning experiences at the University of Kisubi. In addition, students evaluate every course in terms of teacher and course effectiveness through SETL questionnaires.
The faculty of HASS is also involved in a fully fledged community outreach programmes spearheaded by Counselling Psychology Departmentcalled Kisubi Counseling Community Outreach (KICCO)
Kisubi Counseling Community Outreach (KICCO) is an outgrowth of the faculty of Human and social science of University of Kisubi (UniK).It is under the headship of Br. BarigyeVicent and Sr. Oliver Mary Basemera. Thanks for the great works that they have done in the communities around the university. In keeping with University of Kisubi (UniK) mission, the outreach program promotes a community perspective by extending its services of counseling beyond the physical site of the campus.The faculty too houses the Department of Health Sciences/Biomedical Laboratory Technology. This Department provides excellent research, teaching and community outreach services in healthcare delivery. Consultancy services are also available at this Department.
As we mark the inauguration of the University of Kisubi (UniK), Biomedical Sciences are proudly celebrating their First Anniversary at this great institution. Biomedical Sciences are a field that provides professional services in diagnostics, drug discovery, vaccine development and production, food science and nutrition, molecular biology/biotechnology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, environmental degradation, etc. Uganda and other sub –Saharan African counties have several areas where very little/no research has been done owing to the lack of or presence of few well trained individuals in the field of Biomedical Laboratory Science and Technology. This programme thus contributes to filling the scarcity of human resource required in the promotion of scientific research.
The University of Kisubi has committed its resources to train graduates with brilliance and practical skills to deal with the several Bio-Medical Science laboratory based challenges of Africa in a global society. The Department is endowed with modern equipment for teaching and research purposes. We are also proud of our partners in development.
The faculty has also the degree Studies in the Human and Religious Studies (BAHURES) which are, no doubt, a critical component necessary for the transformation of society for development. The faculty also houses the Bachelors of Social work and Management (BSM) which prepares students for beginning generalist social work practitioners responsive to the challenges and resources present in a developing country.