Inaugural Faculty Forum to Celebrate Scholarship

February 15, 2005

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host the inaugural Faculty Forum: A Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activities from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Shepherd Union Building.

The event will feature poster and paper presentations by more than 50 WSU faculty members representing all seven academic colleges and the Stewart Library.

"Our faculty are engaged in some incredible scholarship, but all too often they travel to conferences to present their research while their colleagues on campus are unaware of it," said associate history professor Susan Matt, chair of the Faculty Senate Research, Scholarship & Professional Growth (RSPG) Committee that helped organize the forum.

The RSPG committee and the Teaching, Learning & Assessment (TLA) committee, chaired by associate professor of teacher education Fran Butler, have organized the forum to recognize faculty scholarship on campus. Matt and Butler are thrilled by the faculty response to the forum and credit WSU deans and administrators for supporting and promoting the concept.

"Considering this is the first year, we were excited about the number of responses and the variety and quality of topics," Matt said. Butler believes faculty enthusiasm for the event will only grow, predicting even more participants in the future. Organizers hope the forum will become an annual event.

The forum presentations are open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

"It's wonderful for our students to see faculty as active researchers, bringing cutting-edge knowledge into the classroom," Butler said. Matt said the event allows faculty to network across disciplines, which might lead to future collaborations on similar topics of interest.

"We want the community to come and take part in this event," said Butler. "There is a lot of great research being done by our faculty that all too often goes unnoticed."

 A list of forum presenters, topics, and presentation times and locations is available at http://faculty.weber.edu/forum/.
Contact:

Susan Matt, chair, Research, Scholarship & Professional Growth Committee
801-626-7325 · smatt@weber.edu

Fran Butler, chair, Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee
801-626-7658 · fbutler@weber.edu

Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu

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