4 Research, Scholarship, and Professional Practice
When diverse forms of scholarly activity thrive – really thrive – the entire university experience is uplifted. New and diverse forms of knowledge are created and shared. Contributions to academic fields of study, professional practice and organizations, and community life multiply. The faculty and student learning experience is enriched. And CBU’s reputation as a place to be transformed through inquiry is strengthened. This priority area takes aim at diverse forms of scholarly activity. Assisting CBU researchers in developing rewarding programs of research is especially critical – as the next page reveals. Ensuring that all students participate in scholarly activity, in one form or another, prepares them to make a significant difference in the world upon graduation.
Recognizing and promoting the unique contributions made by different forms of scholarly activity by assisting our CBU researchers in developing vibrant programs of research
Maintain the RISE program and facilitate a collaboration between Unama’ki College and the Research Committee of Senate to encourage research that furthers the broader CBU objective of “Indigenizing the L’nu way.”
Support faculty research programs through a consistent application process for administrative support and teaching load reductions.
The new collective agreement with CBUFA makes teaching releases available to holders of Tri-Council research grants.
Under the leadership of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, develop and coordinate a mentorship model that connects established researchers and research chairs with new faculty in order to both encourage and support other CBU researchers.
Develop within each school, a process through which academic centres, institutes, or similar bodies may receive predictable financial support at suitable levels.
A scan of existing academic centres and institutes has been completed to determine which will continue and in what capacity.
Recognizing and promoting the unique contributions made by different forms of scholarly activity by strengthening our reputation in key areas of research, scholarship, and professional & artistic practice
Identify areas of institutional expertise as a way to distinguish CBU’s research and professional practice contributions and guide future decisions about graduate programming.
Review and strengthen efforts to develop collaborative interdisciplinary solutions to community needs, including the development of a repository of institutional expertise.
Cultivate a culture around the scholarship of teaching and learning by establishing a competitive fund for pedagogical inquiry and innovation to develop teaching approaches that deepen learning and inquiry.
Improve internal and external communication about scholarly activity carried out at CBU, including work directed toward influencing policy and professional practice.
Working with community partners, create a new artist-in-residence program with an initial focus on truth and reconciliation through art.
Recognizing and promoting the unique contributions made by different forms of scholarly activity by increasing opportunities for student experience in research
Examine the impact students’ engagement in research has on their learning and connect this to the review of the CBU Graduate Attributes and curriculum development.
In conjunction with the audit of experiential learning in 2.4.1, undertake an inventory of student research experiences in academic programs.
Ensure that student research opportunities are communicated as part of recruitment and student orientation activities, proactively identify potential First Nations student researchers, and create an accessible database for use by faculty and staff.
Make a predictable number of student employee positions available to schools, support units, centres, institutes, and Unama’ki College to facilitate longer-term mentoring possibilities and research planning.
Develop new ways to archive, recognize, and celebrate high-quality student contributions to research at CBU.