Research Administration and Development

Developing & Nurturing Faculty-Driven Research Clusters

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, November 1, 2013, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Glickman 423/424, Portland Campus
Contact Name: 
Dr. Terry Shehata
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The Faculty Commons and the Office of Research Administration and Development are sponsoring a seminar on the development and nurturing of faculty-led research clusters to bolster and expand scholarship and innovative high-impact multi-disciplinary research across college lines to bring knowledge to bear on issues of intellectual, scientific, social, economic, environmental and cultural importance and to work more effectively with the private sector, other institutions and the community.

The guest speaker is Janet Woolman, Executive Director of Research and Government Relations, Director of the Louisiana Environmental Research Center (LERC), and Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at McNeese State University.  She will share her experiences in engaging faculty, industry and community members in nurturing and developing an interdisciplinary environmental research cluster into an environmental center at McNeese, a regional comprehensive university in Louisiana. She will also discuss issues and problems that faculty have to confront and solve when they engage their colleagues and industry and community members to participate in the cluster. 

An informational session on the current research cluster competition will follow the presentation. Dr. Terry Shehata will provide an overview of the Research Cluster Development Seed Funding in STEM, Arts, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences competition. For more information on the seminar, please visit the Faculty Commons’ website.