March 11 faculty forum will focus on planning for research and economic development


The Division of Research and Economic Development, as part of their strategic planning process, is holding a series of faculty forums that will provide critical input into the development of a strategic plan for the Division.

The final two forums, set for Thursday, March 11 and Wednesday, April 21, will provide faculty an opportunity to have input into identifying the important questions in their disciplines and the strengths that UND has to address them. Outlining a vision for the future will be critical; we do not want to have a plan that will just maintain the status quo. Although each session has a major area of disciplinary emphasis, we hope to have broad interdisciplinary participation at every forum. While we will invite key people, such as department chairs, to specific forums, every session is open to faculty from any department. Faculty who participate will be eligible for a drawing at each forum, with the prize being a stipend of up to $2,000 for travel related to research or scholarly work.

These will be professionally facilitated forums. Lunch and other refreshments will be provided at no cost to participants. Pre-registration will be required to ensure we have enough food for everyone.

The information derived from these forums will be an important part of the information used in the development of a draft strategic plan for the Division of Research and Economic Development, and more generally, for the entire research enterprise at UND. This plan will be posted on the Division's web site for your feedback before it is finalized and submitted to the President.

Schedule of Sessions:
March 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Social and Behavioral Sciences for the 21st Century, Hilton Garden Inn
April 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Creative and Scholarly Work in the Arts and Humanities for the 21st Century, Hilton Garden Inn

For more information, contact the Vice President for Research and Economic Development office at 777-6736 or vpr@mail.und.edu .