Perhaps the most basic breakdown one can make of a college faculty is into the categories Natural Sciences / Social Sciences / Humanities. (Yes, one could naturally think of "engineering" as a fourth category separate from "natural sciences"; feel free to do so.) So here are some basic questions:
1. What is the faculty breakdown in your institution into these three categories?
2. Do you think that breakdown is appropriate?
3. What do you think the breakdown will be (or should be) ten years from now? Twenty years from now?
4. Do you think your administration is thinking in these terms? Do you think they have a plan to get there? (And if so, are they open about it -- is the faculty involved in these decisions?)
[These questions were inspired by a comment of Harry Lewis over at Shots in the Dark.]