The goal of the symposium was to involve the entire research community
in developing an action plan for increasing research activity at
the University of Saskatchewan.
More than 240 faculty, students and administrative staff attended
the two-day symposium held in the Physics and Geology Buildings.
This symposium was organized by the Research
Committee of Council in conjunction with the Office
of the Vice-President Research. The Symposium was sponsored primarily
by the President's Office and received funding from many colleges
and groups on campus.
A discussion paper entitled Increasing
Research Intensiveness at the University of Saskatchewan, prepared
by the Research Committee of Council, was circulated at the Symposium.
This document was approved June 15, 2000 by University Council.
The Symposium resulted in many suggestions for renewing research
efforts on campus. Follow-up action is planned by the Research
Committee of Council, the Office of the Vice-President Research
and other groups on campus.
Growing a Research Culture Chair: Dr. Michael Corcoran, Vice-President (Research)
Welcome and Opening Remarks President Peter MacKinnon
Growing a Research Culture
Dr. Patricia Clements, Professor of English and Former Dean of
Arts, University of Alberta
Research Culture in a University
Dr. Brock Fenton, Professor of Biology and Former Associate Vice-President
Research at York University
Why Some Research Organizations Make Major Breakthroughs
and Others Don't Chair: Dr. Murray Fulton, Co-Chair of the Research Committee
Dr. Rogers Hollingsworth, A Leading North American Sociologist
from the University of Wisconsin at Madison
Dr. Hollingsworth based his remarks on his paper Major
Discoveries and Biomedical Research Organizations: Perspectives
on Interdisciplinarity, Nurturing Leadership, and Integrated
Structure and Cultures.
What Does It Take to Succeed at U of S?
Helpful Hints on
Building Research Success
Dr. Valerie Verge (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Dr. Jim Miller
(History), Dr. Sheila Schmutz (Animal and Poultry Science),
Dr. David Smith (Political Studies), and Dr. Rob Kerrich
Tips for success from active researchers in diverse fields.
This group of researchers met in advance to prepare a one
or two-page list of generalized tips or "do's and
don't's" that were distributed at the outset to workshop
participants. Each speaker had 5 minutes to outline lessons
from their own experience that are applicable to other
researchers. Speakers closely linked their presentations
to the symposium theme of building research success at
the U of S.
For each workshop, a designated group of researchers
jointly prepared in advance a one- or two-page written
summary of "do's and don't's" on the workshop
topic. This summary was provided to participants
at the start of each workshop.
One member of the organizing group was the "reporter" who
recorded ideas from the workshop for the action
plan and presented them at the final session of
What a Department Head Can Do to Help Make Research Happen
Chair: Dr. Linda McMullen (Psychology)
Other resource people: Dr. Larry Fowke (Biology) and Dr. Ron Sutherland
How to Maintain Research Intensity over an Academic Career
Chair: Dr. John King (Biology)
Other resource people: Dr. Franco Berruti (Engineering), Dr. Lorne Babiuk
(Veterinary Microbiology) and Dr. David Smith (Political Studies)
How to Create and Do Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary
Research Chair: Dr. Murray Fulton (Centre for the Study of Co-operatives)
Other resource people: Dr. Norma Stewart (Nursing), Dr. Darwin Anderson
(Soil Science), Dr. Jim Randall (Geography), Dr. Karsten Liber (Toxicology
Centre) and Dr. Jon Gillies (Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering)
Reporter: Tina Portman (Biology)
Other Resource Materials
and the Transformation of the University. Brett Fairbairn and Murray
Fulton. 2000. 48pp. (PDF format)
Practising Interdisciplinarity. Peter Weingart
and Nico Stehr, eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.
How the University Can Help Faculty Who Want to Commercialize
Chair: Dr. George Khachatourians (Applied Microbiology and Food
Other resource people: Dr. Branko Peterman (UST Inc.), Dr. Marianna Foldvari
(Pharmacy and Nutrition), Dr. Hugh Wood (Electrical Engineering) and
Dr. Deborah Haines (Veterinary Microbiology)
How to Link Research and Students
Chair: Dr. Peter Stoicheff (English)
Other resource people: Dr. Bob Besant (Engineering), Dr. Ted Llewellyn
(Physics and Engineering Physics) and Dr. Holm Tiessen (International
What's Needed for Research Support on Campus?
Chair: Dr. Louise Forsyth (Women's and Gender Studies/French)
Other resource people: Dr. Morris Altman (Economics), Dr. Lorrie Sippola
(Psychology) and Dr. Bruce Waygood (Biochemistry)
Communications: An Integral Part of Any Research Program
Chair: Dr. Malcolm Ramsay (Biology)
Other resource people: Kathryn Warden (Research Communications), Cindy
Paquette (Office of Communications) and Dr. Fran Walley (Extension)
Reporter: Dr. Isobel Findlay (Commerce - Management & Marketing)
The Role of Communications
Tips for Communicating Research
Changing Structure of Governance in Research
Chair: Dr. Morris Altman, Co-Chair of the Research Committee of
Changing Structure of Governance
Dr. Howard Tennant, President of University of Lethbridge
Next Steps: Where Do We Go From Here?
President Peter MacKinnon and Senior Administrators
Increasing Research Intensiveness
at the University of Saskatchewan
— a document developed by the Research Committeee of Council
to identify priorities necessary to enhance research intensiveness
and to outline some strategies for how these priorities can be
achieved. A draft version was distributed at the Symposium. The
final document received approval from University Council on June
— outlines the administrative support for research that
is available at the U of S and identifies similar services available
at other Canadian universities.
Campus News Reports from the Symposium
President Peter MacKinnon's remarks
about research in his report to Convocation, May 23,
Symposium Planning Team
Subcommittee of the Research Committee of Council
Vice-President (Research) Michael Corcoran, Graduate
Studies Dean Gary Kachanoski, Prof. Murray Fulton, Prof. Morris
Altman, Prof. Linda McMullen, Prof. Norma Stewart, Prof. Larry
Fowke, Prof. Malcolm Ramsay, and Kathryn Warden, Research Communications
The Symposium was sponsored primarily by the President's Office.
Other funds came from the Office of the Vice-President Research,
the Extension Division, College Deans (Agriculture, Arts & Science,
Commerce, Dentistry, Education, Kinesiology, Law, Medicine, Nursing,
Pharmacy and Nutrition, and Veterinary Medicine) and several
campus research groups including:
Other sponsors include the U of S Division of Audio-Visual Services,
and the Canadian Wildlife Service.