Research Culture: Engagement, Integrity, Freedom and Mentorship
This year, the University Research Committee (URC, a joint Provost/Academic Senate committee) will focus on USC’s research culture. Yaniv Bar-Cohen and I are pleased to work with our co-Chairs (Andy McMahon, Michelle Povinelli and John Wood) to explore ways to engage more faculty, staff and students in research and scholarship, while promoting a culture of integrity, academic freedom and mentorship.
We will be seeking input from the research community on a range of questions, including:
- What are methods to encourage dialogue and collaboration within research communities across USC?
- How do we cross research boundaries to forge new, influential, competitive research areas?
- Do our research groups, departments and centers promote open dialogue and collaboration among researchers at all levels, and from differing perspectives and backgrounds?
- Are there barriers that inhibit the pursuit of research or open publication based on content, perspective or topic?
- Can face-to-face interactions be enabled to promote engagement and are there ways to counteract the impediments of distance (both to encourage physical interaction and to promote virtual connections)?
- Are research and scholarship assessed in a way that recognizes and promotes excellence and impact?
- Do mentees receive mentorship and training that supports their learning and career advancement and includes them in the USC research culture?
- What are the simplest high-impact solutions to raise USC’s research profile?
We look forward to working on this important topic this year and encourage you to email either myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Yaniv Bar-Cohen (email@example.com) with your thoughts on these questions or other topics related to the USC research culture.
Vice President for Research
President, Academic Senate