Scholarship Matters: 2013 UNI Symposium on Research and Creative Activity

Friday, February 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Maucker Union Ballroom, UNI

 

2013 Evaluation Form

This biennial day-long conference, presented by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, is designed to showcase current research, scholarship, and creative activity by UNI faculty and staff and to stimulate engaging dialogue on current topics related to scholarship in higher education. The theme of the 2013 symposium will be “Expanding Ideas of Scholarship in the 21st Century.”

We will be joined by faculty and administrators from Western Carolina University (WCU), a public comprehensive institution like UNI where they have been developing and publishing new ideas about various forms of scholarship for a number of years. In addition to sharing their own experiences and ideas in the Keynote Panel session, the team from WCU will be facilitating discussion about how scholarship is being defined and assessed at UNI and across the U.S. in these changing times in higher education. WCU offers training, workshops, and institutional retreats on these topics across the country through their Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the symposium planning committee is very pleased they have agreed to participate.


Link to Conference Registration

Link to Poster/Peformance Session Application


Conference Schedule and Session Descriptions

Conference Schedule:

7:30-8:30 Registration

8:30-8:45 Welcome – Christy Twait

8:45-10:00 Keynote Panel – Western Carolina University

10:00-11:45 Poster and Performance Session

11:45-12:00 Lunch Buffet Line

12:00-1:15 Luncheon and Special Activities
Creative Scholar Presentations
Table Discussion of Keynote Topics

1:20-2:40 Concurrent Breakout Session I
1. Defining Scholarship: What is it? What does it mean?
2. Assessing Scholarship
3. The Teacher Scholar Model
4. Minding Your P’s and Q’s: Balancing Quality and Quantity in Your Portfolio

2:45-3:45 Scholarship Matters Panel Discussion

3:50-4:45 Concurrent Breakout Session II
1. Defining Scholarship: What is it? What does it mean?
2. Assessing Scholarship
3. The Teacher Scholar Model
4. Minding Your P’s and Q’s: Balancing Quality and Quantity in Your Portfolio

Keynote Panel Description:

The 2013 symposium will explore what it means to be a teacher-scholar and how to promote and measure quality in scholarship. We will be joined this year by a team of faculty and administrators from Western Carolina University. Among the first regional comprehensive institutions in the country to adopt the Boyer model across campus, Western Carolina University brings experience and vision as a leader in promoting institutional change that recognizes its faculty’s broad range of scholarly activities. A 2007 article by Inside Higher Ed featured WCU’s adoption of Boyer’s model to replace traditional measures of research, which Lee S. Shulman, former president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, called a significant shift. Organizations beyond the university recognize its efforts: In 2009 and 2010, Western Carolina was named to the President’s Higher Educational Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest level of federal recognition for commitment to service and civic engagement. In addition to sharing their own experiences and ideas, the team from WCU will be facilitating discussion about how scholarship is being defined and assessed at UNI and across the U.S. in these changing times in higher education. WCU offers training, workshops, and institutional retreats on these topics across the country through their Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Learn more information about the Western Carolina University and the WCU panelists on the symposium panelist page.

Poster/Performance Session:

In addition to panels and breakout sessions around the theme, a Poster and Performance Session will again be held for faculty and staff from across campus to display and discuss their scholarship. For more information, visit Guidelines and Application for Poster/Performance Session.

Breakout Sessions:

Defining Scholarship: What is it? What does it mean?
What constitutes what we mean by “scholarship”? Not only can scholarship be defined differently from one discipline to the next, but even within fields, one can find a diverse understanding and interest in various forms of scholarship. Are all things that are “scholarly” therefore “scholarship”? Are definitions of scholarship changing? Should they? This session will provide a national perspective on these issues in the context of engaging in scholarship at a public comprehensive university.

Assessing Scholarship
Diversity in scholarship seems important in the 21st century in higher education, but how do we value and promote diversity while maintaining quality and integrity in scholarship? Learn and discuss the role of peer review in assessing quality, and explore how traditional and alternative peer review processes can be used to assess nontraditional scholarship. What sorts of measures, products, and processes would best maintain quality across and within the disciplines?

The Teacher-Scholar Model
Learn what it means to be a Teacher-Scholar from several perspectives and participate in a discussion about how we at UNI can further blend our teaching and scholarship into a single synergistic endeavor.

Minding Your P’s and Q’s: Balancing Quality and Quantity in Your Portfolio
This session will function as a workshop on how to document your scholarship regardless of the product. Peer review will always be important, but who are your peers and how does it work? How do you document your scholarly portfolio for quality and impact when our traditional indices (peer-reviewed journal and number of citations) do not fit? Where does quantity fit in?

Scholarship Matters Panel Discussion:

This facilitated discussion will focus on the ideas and questions raised throughout the day. It will be led by the WCU team, with an emphasis on future directions for UNI and how those might be implemented.


Symposium Learning/Action Objectives:

  • Expand understanding of diverse forms of scholarship
  • Learn and develop effective ways to assess scholarship quality and impact
  • Showcase current research, scholarship, and creative activity by UNI faculty and staff
  • Stimulate engaging dialogue around defining, assessing, and rewarding scholarship
  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across campus


2013 Conference Planning Committee:

Steve Carignan - College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
John Fritch - College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
Anita Gordon - Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Al Hays - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mary Herring - College of Education
Young Hwa (Gabe) Lee - College of Business Administration
Jerilyn Marshall - Rod Library
Jesse Swan - College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
Christy Twait - Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Donna Vinton - Office of Academic Assessment


Questions?

About the Symposium in general:
Contact Anita Gordon or 273-6148

About the Poster/Performance Session:
Contact Hillery Oberle or 273-3961