Celebrating Scholarly Achievement
University of Detroit Mercy celebrated Faculty Authors for the first time in March of 2006. All books written by current faculty members, at the time, were included in the initial celebration, irrespective of their publication dates. Two years later, faculty authored book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings were added to the celebration. During this time period, the events were referred to as "Celebration of Faculty Authors".
In 2010 the event was expanded to include posters, non-print projects, slideshows, and student awards. Student Awards consist of scholarly and or creative student work that had been recognized in competitions sponsored by faculty, professional organizations, or external groups. The program was renamed "Celebration of Scholarly Achievement: Publication, Posters, Projects" to reflect the inclusiveness of faculty and student research and authored works. Short five or six minute oral presentations by an individual about his/her research, publication, or project became an option for participation in the 2013 celebration.
Each year there is a new theme selected for the program brochure which is published annually. Examples of the themes are Scholarly Journeys: Detroit, Inaugurate/Inform/Inspire, and Then and Now. In addition to the listing of faculty publications information, the brochures contain quotes about writing and colorful photographs. In recent years, the photographs have been of locations throughout metropolitan Detroit, selected from a local photographer.
If a faculty authored book is not owned by the University, the book is purchased for the respective Library collection. Books published within one year of the celebration are included in the display. If book chapters are not relevant to the current curriculum, copies of the chapters are appropriately obtained and bound with clear covers for display. Copies of journal articles are obtained and bound between clear covers for display purposes also. Faculty arrive at the celebration with their posters which are mounted on display easels; slide or PowerPoint shows arrive on faculty laptops where they can be watched. Following the celebration, a month-long display of materials is set up in the respective university libraries, McNichols Campus Library, School of Law and School of Dentistry.
To maintain a history of faculty authored works and faculty and student research projects a Celebrating Scholarly Achievement web site was created. In the site bibliography, books are linked to the UDM Libraries/IDS catalog entries, and, where possible, article citations are linked to the full-text journal articles in UDM licensed databases.
The event welcomes the entire UDM community to attend students, faculty and staff to attend. In 2014, high school students and community business partners will also be invited to attend. Also, beginning in 2014 in addition to the traditional afternoon highlighting research publications, posters and other creative projects, there will be a week-long series of events that highlight research including invited speakers, graduate and faculty presentations and panels and a reception to honor faculty and their research efforts.
We are grateful to all those that contribute to the scholarly achievements that will be highlighted at all the planned events and especially the Celebration of Scholarly Achievement: Publications, Posters and Projects. The collaboration amongst faculty, schools, colleges and graduate and undergraduate students is to be celebrated. We hope you enjoy the day and the week-long series of inspiring and informative events.
Pamela Zarkowski, JD, M.P.H. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sally Young, CelebrationProgram Planning Committee