Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Room 3213, Third Floor of the JSU Student Center
This interactive workshop will assist faculty in identifying their research and scholarly goals, designing pathways to achieve them, developing research streams and maintaining productivity over time. All faculty are welcome to participate.
The deadline for application to the Academy has been extended to Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Participants who successfully submit will receive an iPad and $3,000 in summer support to pursue their scholarly agendas. (Please note that the application cannot be saved in-progress, but needs to be completed in one session.)
The Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement will host a working session for faculty interested in securing external funding for their research agendas and creative endeavors. This session offers the opportunity for them to discuss their research ideas with faculty from throughout the campus, to explore potential funding sources and to learn more about the Academy. The session will convene on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the H.T. Sampson Library.
The Center for University Scholars will host a workshop on best practices for tenure and promotion applications on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 3213 on the third floor of the JSU Student Center. Please encourage your faculty members, especially those who will submit tenure and/or promotion applications this year, to participate. The workshop is part of the Faculty Engagement and Advancement Program.
The Center congratulates Dr. Ivan Elezovic, the recipient of a 2015 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship. These highly competitive awards provide grants up to $5,000 for the creation of new work and/or professional development by the recipient. Fellowship applications are reviewed through a blind process with criteria focused on originality and vision of the work, technical skill and mastery of the artistic discipline and technique used to create the work. Dr. Elezovic's work was described as pushing "the boundaries of musical composition." It was also characterized as innovative and technically strong.
Dr. Elezovic is an assistant professor and coordinator of theory and composition in the Department of Music at Jackson State University. An active participant in the scholarly and artistic life of Jackson State and the City of Jackson, Elezovic has composed music that has been performed locally, nationally and internationally. In 2013, the Center for University Scholars awarded him a University Scholars grant for which he composed "The Wind Was There," which was performed by renown clarinetist Milan Milosevic of Vancouver College.
Effective October 1, 2014, the Center will provide up to $1,250 per faculty member to present at scholarly and professional conferences over a twelve month period consistent with our grant’s fiscal year. Specifically, each full-time faculty member can request up to $1,250 for the above described travel for the period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. We will honor requests as long as funds are available. (The travel period is based on the dates of travel not the date of request.)
If the Center for University Scholars has subsidized some portion of your travel in the last twelve months, you are still eligible for up to $1,250 in travel subsidy for the period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Safiya Omari, Ph.D. has been selected as the third director of the JSU Center for University Scholars. An associate professor of social work and health sciences, Omari is also the director of the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Research and Training. Recently, she served as chief of staff to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Dr. Omari earned the doctorate in experimental social psychology from Northeastern University. Her current research interests include mental health, effects of gender, race, and culture on health behaviors and psychological well-being, violence against women, and discriminatory stress.
Dr. Omari will focus on expanding the visibility of the Center for University Scholars and its activities and supporting the research interests and teaching performance of JSU faculty.
Dr. Victor Ifedayo Ogungbe, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received three grants worth nearly $400,000 to expand his research in chemical biology, drug discovery and structural biology. The awarding entities are the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation Mississippi ESPCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research/Institutional Development Award) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. After joining the faculty at Jackson State in January 2013, Ogungbe participated in the second cohort of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement.
Jackson State University is designated as a "high research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation.
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