School of Business New Faculty Research Workshop
Over the recent years the School of Business has experienced considerable enrollment growth. This achievement, in addition to the decision to make some strategic hires, has resulted in one of the largest class of new faculty members to be joining our ranks in recent memory. It also presented an opportunity for us to embark on an initiative designed to further support our School’s research mission.
This year, as part of their “onboarding experience,” each was invited to participate in the first ever New Faculty Research Workshop. The half day event was hosted by Rich Klimoski, as the Associate Dean for Research and Cheryl Druehl, Associate Dean for Faculty. The session was framed as an effort at faculty development with the goal of increasing their capacity to do impactful research.
As such, speakers from around campus were invited to share how their respective offices might assist in accomplishing this. Speakers included Rebekah Hersch, Assistant Vice President for Research Development at Mason; Jo Ann Henson, Business and Economics Librarian; Jayshree Sarma, Director of Research Computing at Mason; and Chris DiTeresi, Associate Director of Research Integrity. Copies of the slides used for these presentations can be found on our Blackboard site under Organizations/research.
Because SBUS Academic Centers are also important to accomplishing our research mission it was particularly helpful to have Eric Maribojoc, Executive Director of the Center for Real Estate and Jerry McGinn, Executive Director for the Center for Government Contracting present their views on how new faculty might work with them to gain access to research opportunities and to potential funding. Over the course of the Workshop Klimoski was also able to share some details how the School supports faculty research by way of such things as the SSRN Working Paper Series, funding for research-related mini-conferences and making available an extensive set of research-related data services and sources.
But the event was not just about presentations. It also provided an opportunity for our new faculty to get to know more about one another when it comes to their research interests and goals. Toward this end each new faculty member in attendance had an opportunity to share their passion for research. They were also able to share information about what they were doing by way of their research thus opening up the possibility of future collaboration.
The session was seen as a very valuable addition to our efforts at the SBUS to both promote faculty development and to support the mission of the School whereby our faculty conduct original and impactful research. Consequently, it was agreed that this event will be offered again, perhaps on a recurring basis and even to include any and all interested research active SBUS faculty.
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