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Monique Payne, junior biology major, discusses a research display at Monday's event.

Monique Payne, junior biology major, discusses a research display at Monday's event.

Sharing Their Treasures

University of La Verne faculty set the example for their students with the publication and display of their findings on Research and Professional Activity Day.

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  • November 5, 2013

Scholarship and creativity were celebrated at the University of La Verne on Oct. 29 as faculty and students filled the Campus Center Ballroom for the Tenth Annual Research and Professional Activity Day.


Professor of English Bill Cook showcased the professional production of his one act dramatic monologue, “The Agony of Colin Powell,” which presented the research needed for the play’s content as footnotes and articles currently being prepared for an accompanying study guide.

Hosted and organized by Al Clark, associate vice president for academic affairs, the event showcased nearly a hundred research projects and published works of faculty and students – covering a wide-variety of subjects across the academic spectrum.

“This day is so special for our university. It represents interdisciplinary scholarship and research of our faculty working solo, with each other and with our students,” La Verne President Devorah Lieberman said.

Lieberman, whose opinion pieces recently published in Inside Higher Ed and Huffington Post were on display, made her way around the room praising and congratulating the students and faculty in attendance for their accomplishments.

Over the past decade, Faculty Research Day has provided a forum for students and faculty to share their professional and creative academic accomplishments with their peers and with each other.

Dr. Seta Whitby, right, (with Dr. Beatriz Robinson) displayed the results of having students design their own four-year curriculum.

Dr. Seta Whitby, right, (with Dr. Beatriz Robinson) displayed the results of having students design their own four-year curriculum.

One example of faculty and student collaboration was a project titled “La Verne Uses Its Seniors as Crowdsourcing to Create New Curriculum.” Led by Professor of Computer Science Seta Whitby, Professor of Psychology Aghop Der-Karabetian and Provost Greg Dewey, seniors were asked to participate in a contest to build a new 4-year curriculum using the existing La Verne catalog. The results of the contest were used to identify components of the existing curriculum that students valued.

“Through this contest, we were able to analyze the data coming in and answer strategic questions so that, as a university, we can modify our existing curriculum to meet the needs of our students,” Whitby said.

Whether they are researching, publishing, or presenting at national conferences, La Verne faculty are experts in what they do because they actively seek to learn what is emerging in their fields.

From art history, to biology, to business management, virtually all academic disciplines at the university were represented on behalf of the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business & Public Management, the College of Education & Organizational Leadership and the College of Law.

Additional opportunities for scholarship recognition will come at the university’s Celebration of Teaching event on November 14 and Faculty Book Day on April 10.




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