Results of faculty survey on Collaborative Research and Education (CoRE)

Feb. 22, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you to those who participated in the CoRE survey last week. An overview of major survey results including, participation, collaboration status, collaboration interests, and interdisciplinary topic interests are provided in this correspondence for your perusal. In the coming weeks, the CoRE steering committee will review results and use these data to inform the CoRE summit meeting that will take place later this semester.



Participation resulted in 226 people clicking on to the link to begin the survey and 144 fully completed surveys. Participation by college and by position title is provided in the Tables 1 and 2 displayed as PDF at right.

Collaboration Status

Twenty-two percent of respondents indicated a frequency of “often” or “all of the time” on educational collaboration. Nineteen percent of respondents indicated a frequency of often or all of the time on research collaboration with UNLV faculty, yet 48% of respondents indicated a frequency of “often” or all of the time on research collaboration with faculty, staff or personnel outside UNLV.

Interest in Interdisciplinary Collaboration

To assess interdisciplinary interest, respondents checked all options that were of interest and wrote in others that were not list using the text write in of “other.” Table 3 (PDF at right) provides these results. The two greatest interdisciplinary collaborative interests of respondents was research (n=144) and external grants (n =122).  Greater than 50% of respondents also selected course and curriculum development and student research as interest areas.

Interdisciplinary Topic Interests

To assess interdisciplinary topic interests, respondents checked all options that were of interest and wrote in others that were not list using the text write in of “other.” Table 4 (PDF at right) provides these results. The highest interdisciplinary topic interests areas of respondents were Urban social and/or environmental issues (n=67) and health or health care  (n=62).

Forty-seven respondents wrote in other topics that included, cognitive science, borderlands, comparative regions, the arts, nuclear science, radiochemistry, nuclear non-proliferation, energy technology and policy, gender and/or sexuality, popular culture, religion, human adaptations to challenging environments, humanities, children and youth in the legal system, experimental biology, biorobotics, critical thinking, digitization of press archives, underserved populations, social/political mobilization, philosophical issues, religion an politics, liberal education, civic education, second language acquisition, social sustainability, materials, nuclear forensics, race and Indian –related questions, human behavior, education, education, mental health, children’s health, Holocaust, climate change, environmental communication, development of systems thinking skills, diversity, human rights, gender and public policy, workplace issues with historical perspective, political history, moral philosophy, sexual commerce, environmental history, and envisioning Las Vegas.


As you can see, the results are interesting and should prove useful in planning a successful CoRE summit meeting. If you were not able to participate in the survey and would like to provide input, please email the CoRE steering committee at [email protected].


The CoRE steering Committee


Monica Lounsbery (Co-Chair): Associate Vice Provost for Faculty, Policy and Research; Professor of Kinesiology

Alan Simmons (Co-Chair): Professor of Anthropology

Jaci Batista: Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

William Brown: Assistant Director, Brookings Mountain West Institute

Shawn Gerstenbeger: Executive Associate Dean, School of Community Health; Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health

Ed Nagelhaut: Associate Professor of English

Stan Smith: Associate Vice-President for Research; Professor of Life Sciences

Rainier Spencer: Senior Advisor to the President; Professor, Interdisciplinary Degree Programs