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Bridging the Silos

Bridging the Silos



Bridging the Silos: Creating Sustainable Research Infrastructure with Implications for Digital Scholarship - presentation given at the Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Jan 2010, Baltimore MD. ...

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    • Bridging the Silos
      Creating sustainable research
      with implications for digital scholarship
      Educause MARC 2010Baltimore MD
      January 15, 2010
    • 2
      Who we are
      Rosemary Wander
      Vice-Provost for
      Graduate Studies and Research
      Bill DeLone
      Director, Center for
      Research, Teaching and Learning
      Bill Mayer
      University Librarian
    • Roadmap for Today
      Setting the Stage
      Current environment for research at AU
      Understanding the “Strong College” model
      Seizing the opportunities
      New leadership = moments for movement
      New strategic plan
      New focus on faculty development
      Making change happen
      Redefining the role of research at AU
      Building the infrastructure we need
    • Setting the Stage
      Private, coeducational, liberal arts curriculum, doctoral institution
      SchoolsCollege of Arts and SciencesKogod School of BusinessSchool of CommunicationSchool of International ServiceSchool of Public AffairsWashington College of Law
      591 full time Faculty
      Student-Faculty Ratio =14:1
      Class Size Average22.5 for UG courses16.9 for graduate coursesEnrollment (Fall 2008)Undergraduate: 6,023Graduate: 3,297Law: 1,667Non-degree, certificate, Washington Semester, AU Abroad: 1,19911
      Academic ProgramsBachelor’s: 57Master’s: 51Doctoral: 9
      A few more joint degrees and certificate programs
    • The Strong College Model
      Recognizes local strengths of each academic unit
      Allows for increased flexibility within an academic unit
      Highlights specific communities of learning based in academic units
    • The Strong College Model
      Endorses silos
      Confuses collaboration
      Develops decentralized functions
      Fragments core IT systems
      How can this change?
    • Seizing the Opportunities
      Since 2007
      Changes in leadership mean new moments for change
      Traditional Positions
      • New President
      • New Provost
      • New CIO
      • New University Librarian
      • New Director of Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning
      New positions to accomplish research goals
      • Vice-Provost for Graduate Studies and Research
      • Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies
    • Seizing the Opportunities
      New President in 2007 – Dr. Cornelius Kerwin
      New Strategic Plan
      Developed by cross-campus committee with input from faculty, staff, students, administrators and alums
      Approved by Board of Trustees – Nov. 2008
      Strategic plan is the organizational guiding force for next decade
    • Key elements of Strategic Plan
      Goal 1: Epitomize the Scholar-Teacher Ideal
      “Our faculty will epitomize the ideal of the scholar-teacher by blending research, teaching, and service into an inspiring whole. They will influence their fields with respected scholarly, creative, and professional work; inspire students to attain the highest levels of excellence; and raise the university’s academic stature to new heights.”
      Goal 3: Demonstrate distinction in graduate, professional and legal studies
      “….we will be known as a world-class institution for legal and advanced graduate studies”
      Goal 4: Engage the Great Ideas and Issues of Our Time through Research, Centers, and Institutes
      “… Our strong interdisciplinaryfocus will be enhanced by our centers and institutes, many of which engage in the great issues of our time. …we attract external funding for research, nurture our faculty’s professional growth, and maximize our potential through interdisciplinary work, ..”
      Six Enabling goals include
      Employ technology to empower excellence
      Enhance University Library and research infrastructure
    • Strategic Plan Implementation
      Two year budget aligned to strategic plan and approved by Board of Trustees, February 2009
      University units develop actions steps and measures
      New position - Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Research – filled
      Community building event - All faculty retreat – initiated, fall 2008, 2009
      Mission for the Center for Teaching Excellence expanded to include Research
    • Making Change Happen
      New directions for research, scholarship, and creative activities
      New vigor to research infrastructure
      Research trip to Galapagos Islands with faculty from 3 disciplines
    • New directions
      for research, scholarship, and creative activities
      Research is responsibility of all faculty
      New hires bring to or have the potential to create a strong research program
      Extramural funding is highly valued
      Competitive start-up packages are offered
      Research clusters provide a supportive, mentoring environment for faculty
    • New vigor
      to research infrastructure
      Created Research and Grants Infrastructure Task Force
      Offering workshops on grant writing
      Bringing program officers from funding agencies to campus
      Updating research-related compliance support, e.g., using humans and animals in research
      Established a Technology Transfer Office
      Establishing a competitive program to support graduate student research
    • IT-based research tools
      Research administration enterprise system
      Faculty electronic annual reporting system
      Electronic submission of theses and dissertations
      Institutional Repository for access and preservation
    • Center for Teaching, Research and Learning
      To facilitate, support and celebrate excellence in teaching, research, learning, and academic leadership.
      Works collaboratively with the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research
      Supports research software and computing labs
      Provides faculty networking opportunities
      Junior faculty forum – Nov. 2009
      Ann Ferren Teaching Conference with research component – January 2010
      Manages Faculty Corner
      Supports collaborative technologies: Blackboard and Wimba
    • Academic Technology Changes
      Established Academic Technology Steering Committee for enterprise planning and decision-making
      Committee includes CTRL, Library, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, Office of Information Technology, faculty/IT staff from 6 colleges and schools
      “…will help guide and promote the use of technology for instruction, research and academic needs throughout the University…”
    • Guiding Principle
      We are building a community of teacher-scholars
      Everyone contributes to the changes that are happening