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TWU Strategic Research Plan. Faculty Town Hall on the Development of a 6 th Research Theme. Objectives. Role of RAS. RAS Terms of Reference # 2 : “Receives & ensures the evaluation of strategic academic research & scholarship plans from ORPFD & designated areas”

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    1. TWU Strategic Research Plan January 19, 2012 | Research & Academic Support Senate Subcommittee (RAS) Faculty Town Hall on the Development of a 6th Research Theme

    2. Objectives University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    3. Role of RAS • RAS Terms of Reference # 2: • “Receives & ensures the evaluation of strategic academic research & scholarship plans from ORPFD & designated areas” • Related goals for 2011/12: • To review the need for the addition of a 6th Research Theme • To help establish processes for regular evaluation of SRG • To help develop faculty consultative processes University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    4. What are Research Themes? University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    5. Example: Dalhousie University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    6. TWU Major Research Themes Strategic Research Plan (2010) University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    7. Why do Research Themes matter? University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    8. TWU Research Chair Allocation University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee * anticipated

    9. Examples of Research Themes Royal Roads (2011) UBC (2006) Innovative Learning Sustainable Communities, Livelihoods & the Environment Thriving Organizations • Biotechnology & Genomics • Human Health & Genomics • Neuroscience & Cognitive Systems • Population Health, Services & Human Development • Microelectronics & Information Technology • Quantum Structures & Information • Nanoscience Cluster • Origins & Mathematical Structure • Society in Global Context • Culture & its Representation • Sustainability/ Environment University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    10. UBCO (2009-2014) UNBC (2010) Environment and Natural Resources Community Development Northern, Rural and Environmental Health First Nations and Indigenous Studies • Entrepreneurship and Corporate Governance • Health, Culture and Diversity • Indigenous Communities and Contemporary Issues • Innovations in Teaching and Learning • Innovative Systems, Technologies and Processes • Managed Land Use, Agriculture and Natural Products • Sustainable Environments and Populations • Understanding Community, Narrative and Identity University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    11. UVIC (2006-2010) Uleth (2011-2016) Creativity & Performance Organizations, Culture & Society Earth & Environment Health Futures Origins & Explanations • Biomolecularanalysis and applications to biotechnology, health, and the • environment • Cognition and learning • Creative arts and culture • Cultural knowledge and indigenous research • Environment, Oceans, and Climate - Science and Policy • Global politics and economics • Health and society • Information technologies • Mathematical and computational modelling and design • Matter and energy University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    12. U of A (2010) Dalhousie (2008) Health Sciences (3) Ocean Studies (3) Information & Communication Technology (4) Energy (5) Society & Culture (2) Cross-cutting themes (2) Environmental studies High performance computing • Social Sciences, Humanities & Fine Arts (13 subthemes) • e.g., “transforming research in education” • Informational & Communications Technologies (3) • Life Sciences (13) • Materials & Interfaces (3) • Natural Resources (7) • Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (5) • Pure Sciences (5) University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    13. SFU (2010-15) U Manitoba (2009) Applied Nutritional Sciences Archeology Astronomy Biomedical Sciences Engineering & Information Technology/ Services Canadian History Environmental & Resource Sciences Globalization & Cultural Studies Materials Science Subatomic Physics Population & Community Health Sustainable Agriculture Systems Biology • Origins • Communication, Computation & Technology • Culture, Society & Human Behaviour • Economic Organization, Public Policy & the Global Community • Environment, Resources & Conservation • Health & Biomedical Sciences • Pedagogy University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    14. TWU Major Research Themes REVIEW University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    15. Discussion: • What are TWU’s long-standing areas of special emphasis? • What are TWU’s important, developing themes? • Are there new cross-cutting themes throughout university? University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    16. Reflection: University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee

    17. Where to go from here? University Senate: Research & Academic Support Subcommittee