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USD seeks faculty discussion on research, scholarly activity with President’s Research Roundtable

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is hosting the President’s Research Roundtable at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Neuharth Media Center conference room.

Because research and scholarly activity are integral to the University of South Dakota’s mission and are a part of the daily academic life of faculty and students, the President’s Research Roundtable is designed to encourage an open dialogue among faculty and administration regarding research.

“Research plays a prominent role at the University of South Dakota contributing to better opportunities for departmental growth, student development, and advances in medicine and technology,” stated Laura Jenski, Ph.D., vice president of research at USD. “The President’s Research Roundtable event is for our faculty and the campus community to learn more about USD’s research initiatives as well as to ask questions that will encourage further discussion about the significance of research at USD.”

In addition to Jenski, several USD faculty are participating as panelists in the President’s Research Roundtable, including John Dudley, Ph.D., associate professor of English; Gina Forster, Ph.D., associate professor of basic biomedical sciences; Tracelyn Gesteland, D.M.A., assistant professor of music; Amy Schweinle, Ph.D., associate professor, counseling in psychology and education; and USD President James W. Abbott. Angeline Lavin, Ph.D., professor, accounting and finance, will serve as moderator.

The format for the discussion will include 30 minutes to discuss prepared topics followed by 30 minutes for Q&A from the audience. Some of the prepared topics include research and teaching: complimentary or competing?; is research only for job creation?; assessing quality of research and creative scholarship; interdisciplinary research; graduate education online vs. on-campus; and goals for grant dollars.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News