RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP ACTION PLAN FOR 2014-2016

Drafted by SOE FACULTY RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE (Jay, Kees, Terry, Minsuk, and Julie)
Shared with SOE Faculty on September 19, 2014



GUIDING QUESTION: How can URI SOE support faculty scholarship, publications, and grant writing?

Summary of Expected Outcomes from Sept. 2014-May 2016
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YEAR 1 GOAL (2014-2015):
ESTABLISH OUR URI SOE IDENTITY AS A RESEARCH (INTO PRACTICE) COMMUNITY

ACTION STEPS AND TIMELINE
OUTCOMES
  • YEAR 1 PART 1 (September-December 2014): Flesh out what URI SOE means in terms of research and scholarship – Who are we? What do we want our audience(s) to know about us, collectively and individually?
  • WHY?
    • Marketing: Make it easier for students (undergraduate, Masters, and PhD) and new faculty to locate this information from one cohesive starting page
    • Identity/Vision: Look like (and feel like) a cohesive collaborative group of researchers working toward improving education; begin to define (and realize) each of our roles in this effort as we move forward
  • Thoughts to consider/discuss in this process:
    • Do you have a currently active research agenda in this topical area?
    • Is this topic essential in your teaching/service?
    • Is this topic something you are interested in learning more about?
    • How can we share these topics with doctoral students to inform their specialization coursework?
    • Have you updated your individual profile with your most current work? (publications and in process)
  • OUTCOME 1: (Sept. 2014) A single webpage location starting point
  • OUTCOME 2: (Oct.-Nov 2014) As a group, we brainstorm SOE Scholarship Topics, our own research interests, and sort/map our individual interests onto this common vision
    • DONE: We started this at Aug. 26, 2014 retreat with topics
    • NEXT: (October?) Further define/conceptual our SOE vision each of these five areas of scholarly work (21st Century Teaching and Learning; How People Learn; Assessment, Social Justice; Policy (working from typed list of sticky notes as a starting place)
    • NEXT: (November?) Sort our individual topics onto these 5 areas
  • OUTCOME 3: (Dec. 2014-March 2015) Each faculty member updates their individual website to reflect most current work and their role in this collaborative SOE identity; efforts linked to specific topical “circles”
    • NEXT? We need a mechanism to make these updates – possibly create a menu from the SOE research wiki with each faculty member’s page
    • NEXT: (December?) Discuss expectations for what elements should stand out
    • NEXT: Faculty members update their website Dec 2015-March 2016 and be prepared to identify with at least one “research circle” by January 2015
  • YEAR 1 PART 2 (January-May 2015): Each faculty member identifies with one or more circles and meets during “circle time” (during or outside faculty meeting)? to brainstorm focus areas, summarize work already being done, and identify possible interests linked to action steps in that circle.
  • OUTCOME 4: (Jan 2015-May 2015) Each research circle formulates a vision and action plan for Sept 2015-May 2016
  • OUTCOME 5: (May 2015) Each research circle reports vision and preliminary action plan at May faculty meeting to celebrate Year 1 successes and each faculty member’s next steps within this circle

YEAR 2 GOAL (2015-2016):
ESTABLISH OUR INDIVIDUAL ROLES IN THIS URI SOE RESEARCH (INTO PRACTICE) COMMUNITY

ACTION STEPS AND TIMELINE 2015-2016
OUTCOMES
  • Each research circle picks up on their May 2015 vision and action plan and sets aside regular times to get together during the academic year in ways that support their needs and interests
  • Ideas to support this process?
    • STUDY GROUP: Meet to share drafts of papers for feedback
    • BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Share a certain book to meet and discuss over time
    • NEW STUDIES: Discuss/establish common interests and common needs and generate ideas for a study some faculty members could do together
    • GRANTS: Meet with our circles to search for, learn about and/or write a grant in that area
    • OUTREACH: Meet with our circles to become aware of “outreach” activities we all do to be able to recommend others in our group; if this becomes part of our mission, then we need an outreach agenda tied to these ideas (may be a perfect fit for the SOE reorganization initiative to begin defining initial efforts between SOE and CCE)
    • TWITTER HASHTAGS: Join URI research circle twitter feeds to share resources, ideas, etc. (can follow as many circles as you want; try to contribute to at least one circle)
  • OUTCOME 6: (MONTHLY PROGRESS – 2015-2016) Each circle gets a monthly faculty meeting to share their progress two times during the year (rotate through five circles) – we save 15 minutes space on each monthly meeting for this
  • OUTCOME 7: By Jan 2016: Each circle defines its needs (e.g., time, financial support, a graduate assistant,grant writing support, jointly attend a conference, etc.) to help SOE prioritize and allocate resources
  • OUTCOME 8: (ANNUAL CELEBRATION) Each circle has an artifact at the end of the year (e.g., representation of ongoing work; broader impact at the school level) to share with the faculty