Strategies to Engage Faculty in Research Growth

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Actively cultivate your faculty’s engagement in growing research activities at your institution.

An increasing number of universities are under pressure to boost their research activity to gain more prestige, foster greater learning opportunities, and better contribute to economic development and innovation. However, breaking into such a competitive space requires interest from faculty, which can be a challenging due to their heavy teaching loads or lack of understanding of how research can benefit their institutions.

A key vehicle in engaging faculty with research growth is communication. In order to gain trust, it’s crucial to use techniques that promote transparency and effectively justify the value of growing research.

Join us online to hear our experienced speaker, Dr. Sangita Pawar, discuss how to cultivate faculty’s engagement in advancing research through transparent communication strategies. Sangita will share her experiences and best practices in getting faculty on board with research initiatives that she attained from her past roles as faculty and administrator.

This webcast will benefit teaching universities as well as institutions with lower research activity who would like to increase their presence in the research space.

Who Should Attend

The content of this webcast will benefit those charged with growing research in their school or department, such as: research administrators, directors of research institutes, VPs of research, and associate deans of research.


In this webcast, we will walk through the key components of stewarding faculty towards engagement with research growth:

  • Understanding and overcoming faculty skepticism
  • Developing effective communication strategies
  • Maintaining transparency through data


Sangita Pawar, PhD, MBA

Assistant Vice President, Research, Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension, University of Arizona

Dr. Pawar has extensive operational and leadership experience. She has a successful track record of driving organizational and cultural transformation in historically conservative educational and clinical settings. She believes in driving change by utilizing systematic problem-solving skills while deeply engaging diverse stakeholders to understand their interests and gain buy in and commitment. Dr. Pawar has a PhD in Molecular Cellular Biology/Cancer Biology, a Masters in Microbiology, and a Masters in Business Administration with expertise in basic research, administration, and management. Prior to her current position, she directed the UA College of Medicine Research Office for six years where she developed the basic and clinical research infrastructure.


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