Strategic Plans & Initiatives

Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work Landscape of the University of Saskatchewan

Commitment to Enhance the Research, Scholarly and Artistic Culture at the U of S

In January 2004, the University of Saskatchewan made a commitment to enhance its research, scholarly and artistic culture through the approval of the Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work (RSA) Foundational Document (Word Doc or PDF). A key commitment of this document was to identify areas of research, scholarly, and artistic strength and promise. This process provides the University community with an exciting opportunity, not only to describe its research, scholarly and artistic work landscape, but to build upon synergies between seemingly disparate areas and to celebrate outstanding achievements.

The intent is to produce a living document; both the identification process and the resulting document will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Similar Processes at Other Institutions

A number of Canadian universities are currently engaged in, or have completed, similar processes to identify their areas of pre-eminence:

U of S Advisory Committee and Consultation Process

In fall 2004, the Office of the Vice-President Research, the Research, Scholarly and Artistic Committee of Council, the Associate Deans Research, the Planning Committee of Council, and the Deans Council worked closely together to develop a strategy to identify areas of strength and of promise. As a result, the Areas of Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work Advisory Committee was formed in December 2004.

The Advisory Committee is undertaking an extensive consultation process to identify the University’s areas of research, scholarly and artistic strength and promise. The participation of the University community is vital to the success of this process.

In April 2005, a memorandum (PDF / Word) describing the consultation process; a list of possible research, scholarly, and artistic work indicators (PDF / Word) and an area description and template (PDF / Word) were sent to Academic Unit Heads, Centre and Institute Directors, and Research Team Leaders so that they could describe their areas of research, scholarly and artistic strength and promise.  University academic units and individual members of the University community are invited to submit a template for each area of strength and of promise. 

December 2006: Memorandum Update (PDF) and Draft of Extending Horizons University of Saskatchewan Research (PDF).

The Extending Horizons: University of Saskatchewan Research, Scholarly and Artistic Landscape document was presented at the University Council meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2007.  It was developed in consultation with the Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work committee under the guidance of Dr. Karen Chad, Associate Vice-President Research.  The document is an outcome of the University commitment to enhance its research, scholarly and artistic culture as identified in the Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work Foundational Document.

Sample templates are available:

Sample Area Descriptions

  • Sample: Health Law and Policy (PDF / Word)
  • Sample: Comparative Experimental Linguistics (PDF / Word)

Sample Templates

  • Sample: Extreme Environments (PDF / Word)
  • Sample: Popular Culture Studies: Theatre, Film, Television & Video (PDF / Word)

Consultation Process Timeline

The committee has established a preliminary schedule for the consultation process:

September – October, 2004

  • Consultations with Deans, Associate Deans, Research Scholarly and Artistic Work and Planning Committees of Council

November, 2004

  • Terms of reference and mandate of Advisory Committee developed and approved

December, 2004

  • Membership of Advisory Committee confirmed

January, 2005

  • Advisory Committee confirmed general process

April – June, 2005

  • Information gathering and consultations with units

June - August, 2005

  • Synthesis of information

September – December, 2005

  • Consultations with internal and external communities, including council committees

January, 2006

  • Submission to Council: The Research, Scholarly and Artistic Landscape of the University of Saskatchewan

Please return your completed table to the Areas of Pre-eminence Advisory Committee c/o Alice Der, Office of the Vice-President Research, by 10 June 2005.

Questions or Comments?

Please contact Alice Der, Research and Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice-President Research (966-4057).