York College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

MISSION: The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences provides excellent student and community centered for an undergraduate education in an urban context; and also seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of its students at the AME University.

 

Learning is a lifelong process. Education in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences provides the means of discovering and using knowledge to elevate the standards of human existence today and in the future. Such study liberates the individual to become a more effective citizen.

 

The College offers a well-rounded liberal education program which enhances students’ ability to lead satisfying personal lives. It prepares students for a wide range of professional careers, and provides the academic background necessary for graduate work and or for elementary or secondary teaching. The College defines liberal education in three major components:

 

  1. The Central elements of knowledge 
  2. Essential skills for analysis, communication, decision-making, and lifelong learning, and
  3. Constructive orientation towards society.

 

The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences presently has five (5) degree granting departments: English, Mass Communication, Political Science, Sociology, and Social Work. Each department is headed by a chairperson who reports directly to the Dean of the College.

 

VISION: The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences will be recognized as a premier college at the AME University, distinguished by its graduates who lead and serve in the general Liberian society. As a feeding arm of the AME University, it is ardently desirous to be a serious premise, inclusive teaching College whose enrollment continues to grow annually. Additionally, the College envisages more programs such as:

  • Liberian Study Program (BA)
  • Women Studies/ Gender Studies (BA)
  • French Studies (BA)

 

GOALS: The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences provides the intellectual focus around which the academic life of the University revolves. Therefore, in order to achieve the College’s mission, the aim is to:

  1. Expound students’ critical thinking skills.
  2. Improve their reading, written, and oral communication skills.
  3. Enhance their understanding of the relationship between past and present.
  4. Develop a practical use and comprehension of scientific and mathematical concepts.
  5. Identify and preserve human value.
  6. Develop an appreciation of diverse cultures.

 

PROGRAM PROGRESS:

Each department is mandated to upgrade its program to reflect present day realities.  The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences provides the intellectual undergirding of all disciplines. It seeks to provide students with learning experiences beyond Liberia’s borders.  We are preparing students to become leaders at the local, national, and international levels and helping them to meet the challenges created by the global community in which knowledge of other nations and their customs and traditions will no longer be just desirable but imperative.  Students are encouraged to conceptualize and to use abstract thought in order to enhance general understanding. Thought given to program development is that Liberal Arts education should benefit society by enhancing each individual’s capacity to make informed and responsible choices. Individuals educated in this manner should develop behaviors that enhance the quality of life of those around them.

 

STATEMENT OF ASSESMENT AND STUDENT LEARNING:

Students are expected to participate in an on-going assessment program. The assessment program provides data to determine teacher effectiveness and to make data-driven decisions.

 

James M.Flomo-Kellen
BSc, MBA, MA

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the AME University, a graduate certificate in Microfinance,  a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Cuttington University Graduate School and Professional Studies, and a Master of Arts in International Relations with Distinction from the University of Liberia and candidate, Ph.D , Higher Education, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

 I am a devoted and innovative college Administrator and researcher with over 8 years of teaching and administrative experience and real-world intervention expertise with students from Low-Income and war-torn countries. Inspiring cheerleader and visionary, esteemed for setting and upholding high standards. I create a supportive teaching space community and inspire a thoughtful educational multiplicity. I worked with the West African Examinations Council as Examiner and Supervisor.

Before coming to AME University as Dean, I served as Audit Manager for the Salala Rubber Corporation from 2006 to 2012.

 As dean, I supervise department chairs and provide leadership for all programs; Serve as the academic and administrative head of the college; work with the deans of other colleges to foster interdisciplinary programming; work to enhance the viability of college program to the academic community; work along with enrollment management to recruit international students; provide oversight for curriculum review and develop through department chairs; assist in the development of the college’s budget and manage it; provide leadership in developing new programs; encourage faculty participation in the development of new and existing programs with technology; conduct research in areas of concern; set priorities and policies for the college.  

 

 I was involved in a research process in 2014 during the EBOLA era in Liberia to establish the causes and effects of the disease and recommend to the government how to prevent the re-occurrence of the deadly disease in Liberia.

I also wrote my master’s thesis, a research paper as a requirement to earn the Master of Arts in International Relations in 2015.

I can critically examine, evaluate, and discuss education on diplomacy, negotiation, and mediation in war-affected areas.  I can analyze the interaction between theory and practice of international education by looking at different cultural settings in war-torn countries. I am highly motivated, flexible, and capable of working under pressure; good interpersonal and teamwork skills, networking aptitude, ability to work in a multicultural environment. I can take initiative for preemptive measures and the most efficient and effective approach to achieve results; excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with a cross-section of students and faculty and have the ability to undertake field travel to achieve objectives. I have the skill to establish priorities, conduct research and plan, coordinate and monitor my work plan; ability write clearly and concisely, and communicate effectively, orally, including the ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations.

I have fluency in spoken and written English and good computer skill.