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StFX launches inaugural StFX Scholarship Report at Research Recognition & Celebration Event

January 19th, 2017
Kevin Wamsley at podium
Academic Vice-President & Provost Dr. Kevin Wamsley speaks at the launch and reception.

The StFX community gathered on Jan. 19th to celebrate the research and scholarship of StFX faculty and students at a reception held at the McKenna Centre for Leadership.

Along with highlighting research, the Research Recognition & Celebration Event provided the launch of the 2014-2015 Scholarship Report, a broad summary of the research and scholarship achievements of faculty and staff at StFX. 

“It really is an impressive document,” Dr. Kevin Wamsley, Academic Vice-President & Provost, said as he highlighted the 2014-15 report and spoke about plans for the next report, slated to be an annual event to celebrate research and scholarship.

“This is a celebration of our research, and a call to action to support research at StFX,” he said.

Dr. Wamsley noted about 150 copies of the report will also be distributed to donors.

He thanked Dr. Richard Isnor, Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies, and John D. Blackwell, StFX Director of the Research Grants Office, for their tremendous efforts on the project.

During his remarks, he also highlighted accomplishments of faculty members and spoke of the importance of original research to students in the classroom and to society as a whole.

Dr. Isnor, who also spoke at the event, highlighted a long and impressive list of research funding awards received since the scholarship report in a wide variety of areas.  

“This report is a vivid descriptor of our responsibilities, as scholars, to perform nationally and internationally recognized work in our areas of expertise,” said Dr. Wamsley. “It is a glimpse into the breadth of our research efforts, the external funding resources secured to support these efforts, and the outcomes and impacts they are having locally and globally.”

Research is one of the cornerstones of the university’s academic efforts. It informs and supports teaching, provides experiential opportunities for students, contributes new knowledge in a wide range of disciplines, and responds to the needs of communities and industry partners. “This new report provides a significant compilation of research and scholarship achievements, awards, and outcomes at StFX. It really illustrates the diversity and reach of our faculty research and scholarship efforts and will be very helpful in communicating these to external audiences,” Dr. Isnor said.

The inaugural Scholarship Report encompasses a wide range of scholarly activities in many disciplines. Faculty and staff members were invited to submit information about their publications, external research funding, knowledge mobilization and translation activities, a rapidly expanding area as academe and technology evolve, and other research outcomes between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015.

“The net was cast widely and participation was voluntary,” said Mr. Blackwell, who spearheaded the report. All submissions were edited into a consistent format and classified by type of contribution or activity. The Scholarship Report also contains numerous references to undergraduate and graduate student research achievements – a primary focus of the learning experience at this university, added Mr. Blackwell. “Thank you to everyone who generously provided information for the report,” he added.

The afternoon event included table displays of faculty manuscripts, publications and journals edited by faculty. A power point presentation highlighted key research grants and awards from 2015 to the present. The afternoon also celebrated and recognized faculty who have received or are collaborators in major research awards from external sources, including highlights of 2015 to the present.

Click here to view a copy of the 2014-2015 Scholarship Report. 


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