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Research & Engagement Academy

Research and Engagement Academy

2011 Faculty Scholars

Research and Engagement Academy

Advancing Scholarship and Partnerships through External Funding Opportunities

Inaugural Class of 2011

Research & Engagement Academy Scholars and Scholarly Coaches

Faculty Scholars and Scholarly Coaches

Standing, left to right:
Dain LaRoche, Andrew Houtenville, Brad Kinsey, Dennis Britton, Michael Gass, Janet Campbell, Jingfeng Xiao, Svetlana Peshkova, Nelson Barber, Alynna Lyon, Charles Drum, Julie Williams, Yannis Korkolis, Marybeth Mattingly, Timothy Fukawa-Connelly, Cord Whitaker, Peter Bloser, Eleanor Abrams, Sharyn Potter, David Watters, Barbara White, David Hiley.

Seated, left to right:
Catherine Violette, Feixia Chu, André Brito, Delia Konzett, Michael Jonas, Patti Craig, Joanne Samuels, Michele Dillon.

Not in photo:
Rebecca Glauber, Serita Frey, Kevin Gardner, Venky Venkatachalam, Cameron Wake.

February 16, 2011

The University of New Hampshire’s Research and Engagement Academy inducted twenty-one faculty members into its inaugural class in the spring of 2011. The Academy is designed to enhance faculty members’ scholarly careers by strengthening the quality and quantity of proposals submitted to external funders and to increase the diversity of faculty who are awarded grant funding. This faculty professional development Academy is one of several programs offered by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach (SVPEAO) to help advance faculty scholarship and engagement. Other programs include the Engaged Scholars Academy and a number of learning communities that specifically work with faculty in the humanities, social sciences and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Tenure-track, research, and extension faculty who exhibit promise were nominated to the Research and Engagement Academy by their dean or director. As a result of a competitive application review process, conducted by a team of UNH faculty from the faculty advisory panel of the New Ventures Fund Advisory Board, twenty-one faculty scholars were selected from those who applied. The inaugural class represents participation from all UNH Colleges and Schools, UNH-Manchester, UNH Cooperative Extension, the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and the Carsey Institute.

Each participating Academy scholar commits to submit a competitive grant proposal to an external funder and to attend six workshops and receive guidance from an assigned “scholarly coach.” Scholarly coaches are senior UNH faculty with established track records of external funding and with the personal qualities and desire necessary to serve others.

“This is a very important initiative—one of the programs developed to help implement and bring to life the UNH Strategic Plan. We are supporting our faculty in so many ways as a result of the Research and Engagement Academy and extending that support to even more faculty through a range of faculty learning communities,” noted Senior Vice Provost, Julie E. Williams.

Provost and University Professor, John Aber further stated, “The Research and Engagement Academy has already exceeded our initial expectations.” There are 34 faculty involved in this Academy and more than 50 additional faculty members involved in a range of smaller learning communities. Aber furthered stated, “ I look forward to what I know will be anticipated and unanticipated positive outcomes for our faculty, our university and our partners. ” Each faculty member must commit to submit a competitive proposal and will be given additional planning support from the Office of Research Development and Communication.

Professor Eleanor Abrams, senior faculty fellow and Director of the Research and Engagement Academy notes, “Every faculty member can benefit from collegial sharing about successful strategies to enhance their scholarship and the submission of grant proposals.” Scholars in the academy learn how to build relationships with funders from a range of faculty experts who serve on panels, roundtable discussions, and from their scholarly coach.

“This year we are fortunate to have the head of the National Science Foundation’s Education Directorate meeting with Academy Scholars as a part of our March workshop and some scholars are meeting with program officers from the National Endowment for the Humanities when they attend a day-long program at Dartmouth next month,” notes Williams.

Brad Kinsey, faculty fellow in the SVPEAO and associate professor of mechanical engineering states, “This is an exciting time at UNH. We are working closely with many of our faculty colleagues across the entire campus to help support their success and advance their scholarship. I am pleased to be a part of this important work.”

The inaugural class of the Research and Engagement Academy includes:

This year’s scholarly coaches include: