University of Saskatchewan

September 19, 2014   

Building Research Success at U of S



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 of Council

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 (Geology)

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 the day.

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 (Chemistry)
Workshop handout

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)
Workshop handout
Workshop summary

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)
Workshop handout
Workshop summary

Other Resource Materials
Interdisciplinarity 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 their Research

Chair: Dr. George Khachatourians (Applied Microbiology and Food Science)
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)
Workshop handout
Workshop summary

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 Agriculture Co-ordinator)
Workshop handout
Workshop summary

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)
Workshop handout
Workshop summary

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 in Research
Tips for Communicating Research
Workshop summary

Changing Structure of Governance in Research

Chair: Dr. Morris Altman, Co-Chair of the Research Committee of Council

Changing Structure of Governance in Research
Dr. Howard Tennant, President of University of Lethbridge

Next Steps: Where Do We Go From Here?

President Peter MacKinnon and Senior Administrators

Related Documents

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 15, 2000.

Administrative Support for Research
— outlines the administrative support for research that is available at the U of S and identifies similar services available at other Canadian universities.

On Campus News Reports from the Symposium

President Peter MacKinnon's remarks about research in his report to Convocation, May 23, 2000.

Symposium Planning Team

Subcommittee of the Research Committee of Council and Invitees:
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 Officer

Symposium Sponsors

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.