The Faculty of Public Affairs is about to launch a major month-long celebration to specifically highlight research being conducted within the faculty, as well as showcasing collaborative work its doing across campus.
FPA Research Month kicks off on Feb. 24 and runs until March 24. There are a series of lectures, panel discussions and special events planned.
FPA Dean André Plourde says the idea for the event came from the grassroots within the faculty during discussions over the last year about departmental priorities and directions. What grew from those discussions was a commitment to organize an event that would create awareness about FPA research, by faculty and students alike, beyond the faculty.
“One theme that clearly came out was the notion that there was broad support across the faculty for something like an event that would showcase our research and recognize the excellence of our research – and that’s where the idea of Research Month came up,” explains Plourde.
He says that there was a general feeling within the faculty that there wasn’t a strong awareness on campus about their research and even within the faculty people didn’t really know about work being done from unit to unit.
In an effort to begin breaking down those barriers, events like the popular Author Meets Readers and Bagels and Banter were launched.
Since early 2013, Plourde has been consulting with faculty in the 12 units within FPA about what more can be done.
“The view was that it was really important to a series of showcase events to show the kind of research that was happening in the faculty. This emerged as something that was widely perceived as a priority that we should address,” he says.
Everyone is welcome to attend and Plourde says it’s also an opportunity to bring in members of the broader community and Carleton alumni.
“A success, for me, is that there is greater awareness of the kinds of research happening both within the faculty, but also within Carleton and that our friends and our alumni are informed. So, it’s partly for awareness on that front, but recognition of the high quality of research being done within the Faculty of Public Affairs.”
There are more than 32 events planned during FPA Research Month and all 12 units within FPA are hosting activities.
“I was very pleased see every single unit is contributing to this,” Plourde says.
For more information about the activities planned, go to: http://carleton.ca/fpa/research-month/