Information for Faculty

The faculty lead is an integral part of an applied research project. Their specialized knowledge and experience allow them to direct the research in a way that optimizes results for their industry partner. They also ensure that the research assistant and/or research associate can progress as an industry professional through a positive real-world learning experience. As for personal gain, the faculty lead benefits from professional development, and the ability to apply what they have learned and accomplished into their course-based teaching.

If you are a Niagara College faculty member involved in an applied research project with Research & Innovation, or if you are a faculty member interested in getting involved, this is your source of project-related information.

 

Information for Faculty was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by cms007ad
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WHAT faculty SAYS…

“Real-life work experience is the best way to teach students about how to develop a product, giving them motivation, meaning and purpose to their work. And in the end, you’ve hopefully made something delicious, too!”

Ted Reader, Chef Professor/Researcher, Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre

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Ted Reader, Chef Professor/Researcher, Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre

“Real-life work experience is the best way to teach students about how to develop a product, giving them motivation, meaning and purpose to their work. And in the end, you’ve hopefully made something delicious, too!”
“You can structure the class around the project, so that the concepts are taught, but then they are directly applied to the real world. Many students aren’t used to working in teams, but they take it on, and then they get to put the project experience on their resumes.”

John Sustersic, Professor of Marketing, Business Division

2015-10-30T14:37:39+00:00

John Sustersic, Professor of Marketing, Business Division

“You can structure the class around the project, so that the concepts are taught, but then they are directly applied to the real world. Many students aren’t used to working in teams, but they take it on, and then they get to put the project experience on their resumes.”
“Being involved on a practical level with our industry partners allows me to really engage our students inside the classroom, while also offering them exciting and rewarding employment opportunities outside the classroom.”

Bryan Mewhiney, Researcher & Industry Liaison, Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre

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Bryan Mewhiney, Researcher & Industry Liaison, Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre

“Being involved on a practical level with our industry partners allows me to really engage our students inside the classroom, while also offering them exciting and rewarding employment opportunities outside the classroom.”
  • your role as a faculty lead

    As the faculty lead of an applied research project, you are relied upon for guiding the research in the most promising direction. Your technical knowledge and industry experience will help maximize results!

  • faculty-role

    benefits AS A FACULTY LEAD

    The experience adds to your skill set and CV, and you can integrate project findings into course material. In addition, you receive support to attend field-specific conferences, workshops and other events that are excellent networking opportunities.

  • faculty-practice

    community of practice

    The COP is designed to promote best practice among faculty, staff, and students through group discussions, presentations, and the sharing of resources. It covers project management, intellectual property, and many more useful topics.

     

  • ethics

    research ethics board

    The Research Ethics Board(REB) ensures that for every applied research project conducted under Niagara College, the physical safety and personal integrity of all human participants is respected and protected.

Faculty FAQ

How are faculty compensated for the time they commit to an applied research project?

Compensation depends on whether the faculty member is full-time or part-time. If you are full-time, you are eligible for “course-release”. The research project replaces a course that you generally teach within the curriculum. No extra monetary compensation is awarded. For part-time faculty, the time committed towards a research project is over and above all other College commitments. Hours are logged and an hourly wage is used to determine compensation.

How much time should I be willing to commit to a project?

Time commitment depends on the nature of the project. It is important for the faculty lead to remember that the quality and success of the research project is heavily dependent on their professional guidance. An engaged and dedicated faculty lead ensures that the potential of the project is maximized and deliverables are met.That being said, the majority of the legwork is carried out by the researcher, project manager, and industry partner. The faculty lead generally commits the least amount of time of all stakeholders in a project.

What can we do with the intellectual property we've helped generate through an applied research project

Faculty must make sure their use of intellectual property adheres to the stipulations in the project collaboration agreement. Although intellectual property is dealt with on a case-by-case basis, the industry partner is generally given the intellectual property rights upon project sign-off. However, faculty still have the right to use general project descriptions and general project information for teaching purposes and for their CV.

I have a great idea for an applied research project. How can I bring it to life?

The process begins with the project collaboration form, filled out and submitted by the potential industry partner.The industry partner needs to be a local small or medium sized business looking to complete a research project that fits within our criteria and capabilities.If you have a potential funding partner with whom you would be interested in conducting an applied research project with, we encourage you to contact Niagara College’s Research & Innovation Division and start the conversation.

What is the process for getting involved as a faculty lead?

If you are a current faculty of Niagara College and you are interested in becoming involved in applied research, get in touch with our department. When an upcoming project fits under your specialization and may require your knowledge and expertise, you will be considered as a potential faculty lead for that research project. Our department will contact you and discuss your involvement further.

How does my work with Research & Innovation intertwine with my courses and other College responsibilities?

Essentially, the applied research replaces a course that you generally teach within the curriculum. Therefore, the time commitment to College duties will not change much. Meetings with your industry partner, project manager and research team will be flexible and will work around your other classes and College responsibilities.


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Niagara College’s Research & Innovation provides real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through innovation activities.
For more information on these opportunities, contact Research & Innovation.