Southern Region Academic Programs and
Experiment Station Directors Joint Meeting
September 10 – 11, 2019
Embassy Suites, Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, GA
|Time||Session Topic – Notes and Presentations|
|Tuesday, September 10|
|Public/Private Partnerships to Sustain High Cost Programs
Moderator – Lesley Oliver, AES, University of Kentucky
|1:00||Successful University Partnerships – Robert Butera, Vice President for Research Operations, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Georgia Institute of Technology
Summary notes –
Provided a history and overview of the Biomedical Engineering Department, which is a joint department between Georgia Tech (a public institution) and Emory (a private one). The department has been functioning across the two universities for about 20 years and was initially started as a separate corporation created to develop a research program. In the 90’s a NSF Engineering Research Center grant was awarded that really catalyzed the creation of the department and the first dedicated faculty member was hired in 1999. The program was a collaboration between the college of Engineering at GaTech and the School of Medicine at Emory.
Much of the activity of the centers seems to have developed organically and was facilitated by strong personal relationships between leadership at both institutions. Though it has worked well for a long time, there have been some issues that more recently have had to be addressed and should be considered for others thinking of similar partnerships.
Some characteristics of the department:
Some take home considerations and lesson learned:
Moving money across both institutions to support collective program activities continues to be an issue, especially when students and staff are working at the other campus. There are differences in the “color” of money that each has at its discretion to support the program (Emory has more discretionary funding available while Ga Tech is more likely to be able to support things like equipment.)
|1:30||AP & ES Director’s Perspectives – David Monks, AES, North Carolina State, and Scott Willard, APS, Mississippi State
Summary notes –
David Monks from NC State provided an overview of how the research office approaches partnerships with industry partners including commodity groups. There are a number of positions that facilitate these partnerships and activities resulting from them. This includes Dr. Deborah Thompson who is the Director of Research Partnerships and is dedicated to matching faculty expertise and capabilities with industry or other partner interests. They have designated commodity liaisons- one of three different people are assigned to serve as liaisons with specific commodity groups. A big consideration is often determining which faculty even wish to be approached to engage with an industry partner (roughly 2 out of 3 don’t).
Their Plant Science initiative, which includes a new state-of-the-art facility, was facilitated through these partnerships. The commodity groups were instrumental in the development of the initiative. Funding from the facility has come from multiple sources, including a grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation. The contribution of 44 commodity group likely contributed to their success in getting the grant.
Summary notes –
Scott Willard of Mississippi State provided an overview of their Precision Agriculture Initiative. The program started with a $2.7 million gift for curriculum development from Monsanto who was looking to invest in the region. The gift facilitates a number of activities to create capacity in precision agriculture, including the refashioning of some positions to create a cluster hire, and repurposing a couple of laboratories. In addition to the curricular and student support, the program also received funding for the Will Carpenter Field Scientist Graduate Assistantship. The program aims to develop long-term mentorship between the student and a Monsanto scientist.
In terms of sustaining the program, the buyout of Monsanto by Bayer has impacted the program and some support is in limbo and long-term interest uncertain. The program has attracted additional support from 2 other donors. The program is currently being sustained through those additional gifts and the 20% of the original donation that was set aside.
|1:50||Q&A and Open Discussion – All|
|2:30||Small Group Strategy Sessions – (table groups of 6 – 8)|
|2:45||Break (during small group time)|
Summary notes –
OSU has similar arrangement with Tyson on swine.
Summary notes –
Wendy and Eric will work with planning committee to develop brief survey on these questions
|4:00||Adjourn for the day|
|Wednesday, September 11|
|6:30 – Breakfast – hotel atrium|
|Joint Teaching & Research Appointments – Measuring Excellence
Moderator – Susan Sumner, APS, Virginia Tech
|8:00||Measuring Excellence – Thomas Archibald, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, Virginia Tech|
|8:45||AP & ES Director’s Perspectives – Cynda Clary, APS, Oklahoma State and Paul Patterson, AES, Auburn
Cynda Clary presentation – Overview of OSU’s Building and Rewarding Quality Teaching Program
|9:10||Q&A and Open Discussion – All|
|9:30||Small Group Strategy Sessions – (table groups of 6 – 8)|
|9:45||Break (during small group time)|
Summary notes –The groups generated several topics that could be discussion items at future meetings.
Program to motivate faculty
Robert Butera serves as Vice President for Research Operations (VPRO) in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The VPRO is responsible for supporting and developing the research programs, operating the internally funded research programs in collaboration with the colleges, overseeing core facilities and research space, and managing policies related to research administration and operations.
Dr. Butera earned his Ph.D. from Rice University and a bachelor of electrical engineering degree from Georgia Tech. In addition to his duties in the College of Engineering, he has served as a professor with joint appointments in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
Thomas Archibald is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech, where he also directs the Feed the Future Senegal Youth in Agriculture project. A winner of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award, he serves on the Board of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society and is an Associate Editor of the journal Evaluation and Program Planning. He facilitates numerous evaluation capacity building workshops each year for AEA and other groups.
Dr. Archibald earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Adult and Extension Education and a B.S in Animal Science from Cornell University. His research interests are in program planning and evaluation in non-formal education and his Extension programs are focused on fostering a culture of evaluation whereby Extension professionals have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for wide-spread, sustained, and high-quality evaluation across the system.