Center for Collaboration and Development

Developing and Nurturing Faculty-Driven Research Clusters

November 1, 2013
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
423/424 Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus

Developing and Nurturing Faculty-Driven Research Clusters

Faculty Commons & USM Research Administration & Development Faculty present a faculty seminar for all USM Faculty who are interested in developing interdisciplinary research clusters at the University.

The seminar is part of the University’s Office of Research Administration and Development’s Research Cluster Development Initiative 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.  In this seminar Janet Woolman of McNeese State University will share her experiences in engaging faculty, industry and community members in developing and nurturing an interdisciplinary environmental research cluster at McNeese, a regional comprehensive university. She also will 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.

Terry Shehata will provide an overview of the current Research Cluster Development Seed Funding in STEM, Arts, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences competition.


Friday, November 1

9:00am to noon

423/424 Glickman Family Library


This event will be recorded.


Workshop Presenters:

Janet Woolman is the 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 holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University and has extensive experience as a principle investigator with over $6 million in federal, state, and private funding including the recent construction of the new $13 million dollar Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center (a partnership with McNeese, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, SWLA Economic Development Alliance, and the City of Lake Charles).  She works with the university, business and industry, and local and state elected officials to support research and economic development in Southwest Louisiana and has created and administered many different programs and initiatives.  She is involved with the community and has served as a panelist for the Entergy hosted summit on education, a panelist for America’s Wetland Foundation “Blue Ribbon Resilient Communities,” serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, serves as a member of the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR) 2012 Coastal Master Plan Framework Development Team, and has recently been appointed by the governor as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Chenier Plain Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority.  In addition to administering coastal restoration programs and research, Woolman mentors several undergraduate and graduate students in research projects, holds an Endowed Professorship for the Calcasieu Parish Development Board Professorship for Industrial and Economic Development, serves on the University of Louisiana Undergraduate Research Council, authors publications and presentations, chairs the Undergraduate Research Program, and is the co-editor for the Innovation, Scholarship, and Research Review of the Chenier Plain.  In collaboration with the Dean of Engineering, she just recently established the new Student Innovation Center (located in the SEED Center) which includes an innovation curriculum, innovation lab, and student business incubation studio.


Terry Shehata, Ph.D., Coordinator of Institutional and Research Grant Development, Office of Research Administration and Development. As the University’s grant development specialist Dr. Shehata produces, manages and implements a suite of programs and services geared to increase the competitiveness of proposals for extramural funding with an emphasis on large-scale interdisciplinary opportunities.  Dr. Shehata is also responsible for leading faculty development activities such as proposal writing workshops and coordinating funder visitations.

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