Over the past several decades, there has been rapid growth in collaboration across multiple fields. In a 2007 review published in Science, Wuchty and colleagues reviewed nearly 20 million papers over 5 decades and 2.1 million patents. Their review resulted in the following noteworthy conclusions:
- Research is increasingly done in teams across nearly all fields
- Teams typically produce more cited research than individuals
- Teams produce high impact research even where that distinction was once the domain of solo authors
- These trends are consistent across the physical and biological sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts and humanities
As most of you know, the campus is embarking an exciting new initiative known as Collaborative Research and Education (CoRE). The UNLV CoRE ambition is to invest in faculty and their careers and to shift campus culture toward one of full participation and scholarly engagement in collaborative research and education.
We believe that the individual faculty value for CoRE participation is through developing scholarly connections to others with like interests. Collaboration with faculty from multiple disciplines may lead to an increased capacity to work on macro level issues for a sustained period of time and may also lead to a fun and more fulfilling/productive work environment. Furthermore, we believe that CoRE will accelerate the process of producing impactful research, successful external funding, and other scholarly work because faculty will have access to a broad network of scholars and community stakeholders, expert consultation, and will have support for facilitation and coordination of meetings.
UNLV CoRE is a grassroots approach to developing a university-wide avenue for collaborative research and education. A first strategy for obtaining faculty consultation was the CoRE faculty survey which, was completed by 144 faculty. From this survey, following broad themes of faculty interest and expertise emerged:
- E-Learning and MOOCs
- Urban/Social Issues
- Sky Open Topic
Over the last two weeks, we held two CoRE Summit meetings. In total, more than 120 faculty participated. The aims of the Summit were to:
- provide a multi-disciplinary lens to the resulting survey themes
- obtain a record of faculty collaborative ideas and interests
- create opportunity for faculty to scholarly engage with others outside of their discipline
Thanks to you, both Summit meetings were highly successful. Faculty were highly engaged in small group discussion and shared emergent ideas in a large group format. During both Summit meetings, we witnessed a lot of great participant energy and enthusiasm during discussions and it was truly fun to watch! We are now in the process of reviewing faculty Summit discussion records and based on this review, we will make recommendations for a series of CoRE convening meetings to be scheduled in AY 13/14.
Please watch for more updates on CoRE soon and thank you for your participation and support of the CoRE initiative.
The CoRE Steering Committee