University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Provost’s office seeks input on enhancing research, scholarly, and creative Activity

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is convening a series of open listening sessions on how to enhance UND’s enterprise in research, scholarly, and creative activity.

The first listening session will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, 2-3 p.m. in Swanson Room 10-12. Representatives of all disciplines are welcome and are encouraged to attend. We want to hear what you want and need to help you succeed!

As a public research institution, UND’s mission includes the discovery, application, and distribution of knowledge that makes a difference in North Dakota and beyond. All academic disciplines at UND should be engaged with that mission as part of our shared Exceptional UND vision, whose priorities include enriching the student experience, encouraging collaboration, and expanding our presence—priorities which clearly engage the research enterprise.

With the recently announced change in reporting line to enhance the relationship between Academic Affairs and Research and Economic Development, there is a significant opportunity to revisit how UND is engaging faculty, staff, and students in research, scholarly, and creative activities.

Please join the Provost’s Office for a conversation about such topics as:
• Research infrastructure and facilities
• Data and technology
• Grants and externally sponsored research
• Interdisciplinary collaboration
• Attacking “Wicked Problems”
• Engaging all disciplines
• Student research
• Best or emerging practices at other universities
• Boyer’s “model of scholarship” (discovery, integration, application or engagement, teaching & learning)
• Topics of your choosing.

Subsequent conversations will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Swanson Room 16-18, and Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9-10 a.m. in the Badlands Room at the Memorial Union. Feel free to come to any or all of the sessions; there is no set agenda.

Please join us—your participation makes a difference!

-- Steve Light, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.