New research plan approved
(Goal 1, Strategy D – Promote the centrality of research to the pursuit of knowledge and academic excellence and to the intellectual life of our community members.)
Under the leadership of Dr. Ardra Cole, Associate Vice-President, Academic and Research, and the Committee on Research and Publications, a new Research Plan for the Mount has recently been developed, and subsequently approved by our Senate.
Aligned with, the university’s Academic Plan, the Mount’s new research plan, Making a Difference through Research, articulates a research direction and agenda for the Mount for the next three years.
With an emphasis on the distinctive character of the Mount, the plan reflects, recognizes, and supports our research community’s commitment to exploration and discovery. It also notes our response to the complex social, cultural, environmental, health, education, and economic needs of individuals, communities, and society. The research plan focuses on seven main areas:
1. research and scholarship diversity;
2. areas of emphasis, in particular areas in which we will seek to enhance research capacity;
3. community outreach and engagement;
4. local, regional, national, and international partnerships;
5. relationship between research and teaching;
6. student research opportunities; and
7. research environment, culture, and institutional support.
Mount researchers are making a mark:
– Mount professor breaking ground on the problem of climate change for plants
– The critical need to care for family and friend caregivers
– Canadian astronomer and Mount instructor helping map the Galaxy
– Most comprehensive report on community food security in NS released
McCain Centre opened
(Goal 2, Strategy E – Provide high-quality facilities for teaching and learning.)
On May 29, 2015, the Mount marked the opening of its new Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research. The first building on a Canadian university campus dedicated to the accomplishments of women, the McCain Centre celebrates women’s contributions to business, public policy, family life, academia, the arts, sciences and community. The building is an important addition to the Mount campus, offering technology-rich teaching, learning, research and student-centred spaces.
Social responsibility working group established
(Goal 3, Strategy B – Extend our commitment to social responsibility through collaborative work with local, national and international organizations who are working on behalf of social justice.)
The Mount has a commitment to social responsibility threaded through its history and current way of being and doing. Recently, we undertook an initiative to ensure that these many efforts and our organization’s approach are articulated as part of a social responsibility strategy.
As a first step, a new social responsibility working group (including faculty, staff and students) has been established, and its members are working to develop a statement reflecting the Mount’s pan-university commitment to socially responsible action. Theworking group is also exploring what we can do to further emphasize this commitment – articulating where it’s already evident in our work and then identifying how to engage more of the Mount community as we seek to build on what we are already doing.
Advancing our safe and respectful university environment
(Goal 4, Strategies A and B – Foster a healthy, vibrant and collegial working environment for all members of the Mount community. Foster the creation and maintenance of an inclusive and respectful workplace.)
At the Mount, we place a high value on respect, safety, security, inclusion and support. In March of 2015, Mount students, faculty and staff met for some important round-table discussions about our university environment. What we heard in that open dialogue is that we already experience a safe and respectful campus – and there is great value placed on what we already have – but there is always more we can do.
From that discussion, the following themes emerged: diversity and inclusion, communications, student services/support, infrastructure, and leadership/visioning. Over the next short period, we will gather together leads in each of these areas in a plenary session to ensure we continue to advance items that need our attention.
Ramona Lumpkin, CM, PhD
President & Vice-Chancellor