Five CAS faculty selected for second Research Leaders Program cohort

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Fri, 09/10/2021 - 12:24

Five faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences have been selected to participate in the second cohort of the Office of Research and Economic Development’s Research Leaders Program. This initiative identifies and develops Nebraska’s next generation of research leaders in partnership with the Center for Professional and Executive Development in the College of Business.

The faculty are:

  • Dawne Curry, history
  • Mike Dodd, psychology
  • Xia Hong, physics
  • Eric Weaver, biological sciences
  • Adrian Wisnicki, English

These research-active faculty will learn the information, skills, and connections needed to assemble and lead teams in the pursuit of major extramural funding. The program begins Sept. 10 and will conclude in April, when participants will present their plans for elevating their research, scholarship or creative activity to their colleagues and university leaders.

Bob Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic development, said the program will help create a campus culture that is committed to increasing the impact of research and creative activity, a key aim of the N2025 strategic plan. 

“This is a great opportunity for faculty to further develop their strengths and leadership capacity. We look forward to seeing how it will accelerate participants’ research and, ultimately, positively impact Nebraska and the world. Congratulations to those selected for this year’s Research Leaders Program.”

Nathan Meier, assistant vice chancellor for research, said the program appears to be the first leadership development program in the Big Ten to focus on research and among the earliest nationally. He gave a panel presentation on the program at the spring conference of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals and received positive feedback.

“There was a lot of interest from my colleagues at other institutions across the country. They said, ‘We could never do this.’ What sets us apart at Nebraska is that we’re right-sized for these types of initiatives. ORED is fortunate to be able to provide resources like this to support the success of our incredible faculty.”