First Provost’s Symposium Highlights Faculty Scholarship

First Provost’s Symposium Highlights Faculty Scholarship
Dr. Amanda Podany speaks about the roles of envoys in international diplomacy during the 14th Century BCE.
Provost Marten denBoer speaks during the Provost's Symposium on Faculty Scholarship.

Faculty members showed their commitment to the teacher-scholar model at the first-ever Provost's Symposium on Faculty Scholarship on Dec. 15. About 100 faculty members attended the forum to learn about one another's scholarly work and to participate in academic exchange.

The 96 presentations covered a wide spectrum of subjects, from electrons to advertising trends and from low energy architecture to flight testing of unmanned aircraft. The daylong event also included a discussion about the teacher scholar.

The symposium reflects the university's commitment to faculty scholarship, which is an important dimension of the teacher-scholar model.

“We want to enhance the sense of community and mutual support for scholarly activity. Creating new knowledge is intrinsically rewarding and is one of the major reasons most of us entered academia,” says Donald Hoyt, associate vice president for Research & Graduate Studies. “Another benefit of participating in this community of scholars is the potential for the discovery of a new collaborator. Contemporary research is becoming progressively more interdisciplinary, and good collaboration amplifies scholarly productivity and enriches one's personal and professional life.”

In the spring, the Provost's Symposium on Teaching Innovation will focus on the second half of the teacher-scholar model. It is scheduled for April 17, 2009.

Faculty members were supportive of this first-ever event, Hoyt says. He hopes it will become an annual gathering, with the next symposium on faculty scholarship to be scheduled for fall 2009. The symposium was sponsored by the Office of Research & Graduate Studies and the Faculty Center for Professional Development.