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Grand Challenges of Society
Grand Challenges of Society
Posted 05-12-2023 09:53
We are finishing editing a book for Elgar, it is an interdisciplinary research agenda for trust. I seek examples of universities that are doing a strong job of focusing & supporting faculty research on a stated goal of solving Grand Challenges of Society. My sense is that a number of universities say they want such work from their faculty, but do little to support it in the way of aligning reward & promotion systems with this lofty goal, fostering ties to researchers across campus, providing funding for interdisciplinary projects, etc.
> What, if anything, does your university do to encourage faculty (particularly untenured who are more at risk) to engage with people across campus in big projects focused on identified Grand Challenges?
> Is there a system for evaluating faculty performance if their publications are landing in journals outside of our standard management journals (e.g., in medicine, engineering, or in less-established interdisciplinary outlets)?
> Are the outcomes they offer attractive enough to entice you to focus your research (or a significant portion of it) on the Grand Challenges they identified?
> Finally, are you aware of any universities that you think are doing a strong job along these lines?
Thanks so much in advance for anything you have to offer! Please email me at
, I will summarize what I learn on the list. I will not share anything from any response that casts a negative light on you or your school.
Roger C. Mayer
North Carolina State University
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