USM Faculty Commons

Research Scholarship and Creative Activity Programs

RSCA Programming includes presentations by faculty (individually or as a group), including those aimed at promoting interdisicplinarity and collaboration. Examples include scholarly presentations and posters, discussions, exhibits, performances, book and poetry readings or other avenues that enable us to share with each other. Other types of events include topically focused debates, colloquia, panel discussions, and other events that promote RSCA.

Upcoming RSCA Events:


Samantha Langley-TurnbaughWriting Group

Tuesday, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, and 5/19
12-1pm, 312 Glickman Library, Portland Campus

During the academic year, the Faculty Commons, in collaboration with
Research Administration will be offering a writing group for faculty and
staff who are interested in goal-setting and accountability. Participants
meet weekly to discuss their projects, troubleshoot obstacles, and
celebrate successes. The Fall 2014 group kick-off meeting will be held
on October 21st, * 12-1pm *with regular meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each
month at 12-1.

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 Past RSCA Events:


Metropolitian University Convocation, Poster Exhibition:

Call for Poster Submissions

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Metropolitan University Convocation

 Online Submission Form

We all know USM does a lot of work with community partners, so now is our time to share it!  The USM Metropolitan University Steering Group, in conjunction with the Faculty Commons the Office of Engaged Learning and the Druker Office of Community Engagement, invites you, on December 4th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, to present your work (classroom, research or service) with the community partners during the poster session preceding the Metropolitan University Convocation with visiting speaker Barbara Holland. Posters should highlight work with community partners, which could include work with K-12 students and teachers, collaborations with industry, and community service projects.

This convocation event was developed out of a desire to provide a forum for community members—both at USM and in the greater Southern Maine area—to connect and engage.  We kick off our event with a Student Poster Presentation and Reception, highlighting the past and current work with existing community partners; and, helping the surrounding southern Maine community to learn about the broad range of valuable resources and collaboration opportunities we have at USM.  Following the poster session honorary speaker Dr. Barbara Holland will speak to the audience regarding the Metropolitan University vision for the future.  A formal reception will follow with further opportunity to learn from each other, celebrate what we are doing, and recognize the community-based efforts and achievements of our students and faculty.

The posters will be presented from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Wishcamper Center, on the Portland Campus. To present a poster at this event, please complete the form below by no later than November 24th. Poster printing will be funded through the Metropolitan Steering Group and will be coordinated with Ken Gross ( Posters (3' x 4') will need to be submitted for printing no later than December 1st. Instructions on poster printing will be sent to all authors once they have completed the submission form, found on the link below. 

Online Submission Form  

For more information contact:

Lucille Benedict at 

See the whole Convocation Schedule

Visit the Event Webpage for the Convocation here


Libra Scholar Public EventLibra Scholar Public Event with Matthew Jockers

Thursday, April 17th
6pm,  Gerald Talbot Lecture Hall, Portland Campus



RSCA Spring Celebration 

Thursday, April 23rd, 4pm to 6:30pm

In recognition of the creative energy that fuels our scholarship, we will come together as a community for the annual Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. 



Celebration of Gerontology Scholarship at USM




Tuesday, April 8th

4pm to 6pm

109/110 Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

Join us for a lively presentation on trends, opportunities, & research in community based services for vulnerable older adults. USM scholars will share their recent work during this highly interactive event. Come meet your collegeaus, learn about scholarship on campus, and network.



AK BOOK IMAGELibra Professor Annette Kolodny
Tuesday, April 8
7:30 to 8:30pm, Gerald Talbot Lecture Hall, Portland Campus

This lecture draws on Penobscot texts, including a tale from oral tradition told to Dr. Kolodny by Penobscot Nation elder James Sappier, to examine legal bases for early European claims about the discovery of North America. Early explorers’ narratives assert that they "discovered" lands previously unknown (and unclaimed by) any Christian, but Eastern Algonquian stories of first contact undercut these descriptions of "wonder" and undermine the European assertions.




 Mining For “Gold” in Landfills
Monday, March 10
4:45 to 5:50pm, 7th floor, Glickman Library

Presentation by faculty member Travis Wagner. Professor Wagner's research is based on a case study of ecomaine's profitable multi-year metals recovery project.



USM Trustee professorship Lecture and Faculty Commons RSCA Faculty Presentation by S. Monroe Duboise, Associate Professor of Applied Medical Sciences

Thursday, January 30th

9am to 10:30am

7th Floor, Glickman Library

USM Associate Professor of Applied Medical Sciences, S. Monroe Duboise, was awarded the University of Maine System Trustee Professorship at USM for the 2012-2013 academic year.  In this Trustee Professorship Faculty Presentation, Dr. Duboise will present his research, updating the community on the status of his research. He will briefly describe the background of his research interests and summarize the results of his prior research that led to the development of the vaccine. He will share highlights of his scholarly journey,  including collaboration with other researchers and the integration of his research into teaching and his work with students and the community.



Conceptualizing Cooties: Exploring the Impact of Expert Versus Intuitive Models of Contagion in Daily Life

Carol Nemeroff

Monday, 12/9

A one hour talk on two decades of research on the intuitive psychology of contagion (the “magical contagion concept”), its nature and operation in everyday life across multiple domains, from food choices to social impression management to preventing illness to public acceptance of recycled water, followed by a discussion period.

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Ecocriticism in Unexpected Places

Kent Ryden

Friday, September 27th

10am to 11:30am, 4th floor of Glickman Library

Kent Ryden presents his ongoing, diffuse project on ecocriticism in unexpected place in which he applies the principles of literary ecocriticism or “texts,” broadly conceived, that one wouldn’t necessarily think of as amenable to such analysis. In this talk he will draw on examples from the fields of mathematics, print culture, and music.

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Share your ideas for topics, workshops, & activities.

Faculty Commons is a collaborative initiative. We welcome USM community suggestions on topics, presenters, and projects.

Request a co-sponsorship or submit an idea for an event.