Rich Klimoski Outlines Goals as New Director of Faculty Research
Rich Klimoski, area chair for management, will be assuming an additional responsibility as the academic year begins: director of faculty research for the School of Business.
In announcing the new initiative, Dean Sarah Nutter said, “I’m pleased that Rich has agreed to take on this new role, which serves to reinforce my commitment to building the school’s reputation for great scholarship, as well as for great teaching.”
- Ensure that faculty efforts at generating high quality and high impact research are supported in every way possible. Several actions are being discussed, including the awarding of named professorships to highly productive research faculty. Klimoski plans to form a working group to look at best practices at other universities and to gather input from appropriate School faculty and administrators in order to make recommendations to the Dean on how best to move ahead on this.
- Champion the business school at the university level. Klimoski will be the voice of the business school on several university-wide research-related committees, contributing to the dialogue on such issues as the award structure for grants, how research is represented on the university website and how best to manage the rights to intellectual property.
- Explore and promote several business school research initiatives, including the development/launch of a PhD program.
Klimoski will be working closely with J.P. Auffret, director of the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiative. “Together we plan to facilitate the creation of a productive research environment and to implement a culture of research within the School of Business by building on a foundation of sponsored research, private/public partnerships, publishing and multidisciplinary collaborations,” said Klimoski.
At the university-wide level, Klimoski says he is committed to “being part of the effort to maintain Mason’s status as a tier-one research institution,” which was awarded in early 2016 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
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