Archives for November 17, 2014

November 10 – Humanities and Social Sciences Open House

IMG_0214Missouri University of Science and Technology tried something a bit new in its self-identification as a hotbed of research. It ‘reached in’ instead of ‘out’ by holding an open house with five departments who comprise a bulk of the expertise in humanities, and social sciences. Department chairs Greg Gelles of Economics, Larry Gragg of History and Social Sciences, Lance Haynes of Arts, Languages and Philosophy, Nancy Stone of Psychological Science and Kristine Swenson of English and Technical Communications in turn gave powerful evidence of the scholarly work of their faculty. You missed an insightful and compelling case if you didn’t attend – the 35 in attendance were given keys to open lots cabinets that enclose pockets of remarkable authorship and cooperation.

The deans from each of S&T colleges along with the Vice Provost for Research provided context and articulated in clear terms why Missouri S&T does research, what researchers contribute to the intellectual health and reputation of the university and hoIMG_0229w they personally value the interdisciplinary nature of the environment that Missouri S&T  is today. Thoughtful, consistent and committed K. Krishnamurthy, Steve Roberts and Ian Ferguson provided context to the assembled faculty and made the strategic plan RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: MISSOURI S&T’S STRATEGY FOR SUCCESS come to life.IMG_0223

In the informal reception following faculty, staff members and administrators engaged each other in detailed but warm interchanges of personal and professional interests. If one is allowed to judge by watching IMG_0230people, that little party was a success all by itself.  But perhaps the most telling of all was a comment by Lance Haynes noting that this style of interchange between faculty members: freeform, spontaneous, casual and comfortable, is something that barely occurs outside of a faculty lounge/center. Missouri S&T, Lance noted, has long been missing a venue for such healthy and convivial conversations across the spread of faculty.