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Shared Governance at Detroit Mercy: Curriculum Committee

Curriculum Committee Membership 2018-2019

Prof. Karen Henning, Chair

Prof. Erin Archerd

Prof. Julia Belian

Prof. Troy Harris

Prof. Kyle Langvardt

Prof. Andrew Moore

Prof. Deborah Paruch (Winter)

Prof. Michelle Richards

Prof. Nicholas Schroeck

Prof. Cara Cunningham Warren

Assoc. Dean Richard Broughton, ex officio

Asst. Dean Charisse Heath, ex officio

Assoc. Dean Megan Jennings, ex officio

Asst. Dean Loretta Lewins-Peck, ex officio

Curriculum Committee Charges 201-2019

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee ensures the School’s curriculum is coherent, reflects best practices in legal education, and well serves our student population. 

In 2018-19 the Curriculum Committee will:

1.  Given the importance of applying the law to the facts in the practice of law and on the bar exam, facilitate a faculty conversation about how individual professors should best address the problem of students’ inability to apply the law to the facts in their written course work;

2.  Continue evaluating whether to modify the Fall and Winter class schedules to include some classes meeting more often and in smaller time blocks each week and evaluate the success of the Fall Term Civil Procedure class meeting three times/week;

3.  Continue our work on Learning Outcomes and Assessment by:

a.  Educating the faculty on how to design assessments so that we are testing the learning outcomes we identified;

b.  Administering, collating, and analyzing the results the assessment surveys every semester; and

c.  Determining how best to record, collate, and analyze each professor’s, and collectively all professors’ formative and summative assessments of learning outcomes.

4.  Engage in a thorough assessment of the 1L curriculum considering for example, course credit allocation, sequencing, and grading; creation of new or different requirements such as course on professionalism; integration of ALTA with doctrinal classes; and greater incorporation of technology as a pedagogical method and a substantive topic.