Slovic and Nelson: How can admin better support researchers’ scholarly, creative achievements?

September 6, 2019

“If a book -- or an article -- is published and nobody notices, why does it matter?” ask Scott Slovic and Janet E Nelson, who note that researchers’ scholarly and creative achievements are all too often reduced to their ability to bring grant money to an institution. To better mobilize “the fascinating and societally valuable insights” of researchers, the authors argue that universities can do more to encourage conversations about research across and within departments. For example, institutions may implement Short and Sweet (SAS) research talks or informal “coffee conversations.” The authors add that, “The role of offices of research administration is not only to facilitate sponsored projects, important as that may be, but also to sponsor community.” Inside Higher Ed