Requests for proposals for sixth Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence
October 7, 2016Tweet
Members of the Binghamton University community are invited to propose new areas for a sixth Transdiciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE), as announced in President Harvey Stenger’s State of the University address.
“As we embark on a renewal of our Road Map, with a theme of collaboration for the entire University community, it’s the perfect time to ask our faculty what new areas they see for collaboration across disciplines,” said President Harvey Stenger. “We hope great ideas will emerge from the proposals we receive – ones that will bring faculty together in ways we haven’t yet envisioned.”
“Our hope is that we identify another area of importance where we have strength and passion among faculty,” said Provost Donald Nieman. “We’re looking for proposals that are truly collaborative and involve at least two schools, but hopefully more, so we have many people from diverse academic areas coming together on an important topic.
“The Faculty Senate is trying to improve the TAEs by doing a review, and we’re trying to improve them by opening up new ideas,” said Nieman. “We think the TAEs have great promise for the campus, but we want to see them evolve, remain fresh and not become ossified, so this request for proposals marries well with the Faculty Senate review.”
Submissions should be made by at least three faculty members from at least two colleges or schools. All proposals will include:
• The names and department/school of those initiating the proposal.
• A 500-word description of the proposed TAE that includes an overview of the issue(s) it will address, discussion of existing strengths (faculty, staff, facilities, other resources) at Binghamton University that provide a foundation for the new TAE; explanation of the critical social, scientific, cultural, technological and/or intellectual issues the new TAE will explore; attention to the ways that the issues the new TAE engages can best be addressed by transdisciplinary collaboration; and a case for how the proposed TAE will help us achieve the objectives of Strategic Priority 1 of the Road Map (Engage in path-breaking graduate education, research, scholarship and creative activities that shape the world).
• A list of current faculty members who have agreed to participate in the proposed TAE.
• A brief statement of support from the deans of the participating colleges/schools.
The deadline for submissions is Dec. 15, 2016. All proposals must be submitted online.
Proposals will be evaluated by a TAE Selection Committee composed of two faculty members selected by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the members of the Advisory Committee for Scholarship and Research (ACSR). ACSR, whose members include faculty elected by the Graduate Council and the chairs of the five existing TAE steering committees, conducts reviews of proposals for new organized research centers and periodic reviews of existing centers. Therefore its members are familiar with the issues involved in inter- and transdisciplinary research.
The TAE Selection Committee will recommend three proposals to the provost and vice president for research by March 1, 2017. The provost and VPR will make the final determination in consultation with the president and announce their decision by March 31, 2017.
TAE Selection Committee Members
Susan Bane, Chemistry (ACSR, Chair, Health Sciences TAE)
Bat-Ami Bar On, Philosophy (ACSR, Chair, Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging TAE)
John Bay, Watson School (ACSR)
Peter Borgensen, Systems Science & Industrial Engineering (ACSR)
Subimal Chatterjee, School of Management (ACSR)
Heather DeHaan, History (ACSR)
Wayne Jones, Chemistry (Chair, Smart Energy TAE)
Weyi Meng, Computer Science (ACSR)
Pamela Mischen, Public Administration (Chair, Sustainable Communities TAE)
Dimitry Ponomarev, Computer Science (ACSR)
Pamela Smart, Art History (Chair, Material and Visual Worlds TAE)
Gale Spencer, Decker School of Nursing (ACSR)
Susan Strehle, Graduate Dean (ACSR)