UDM is Research

Research at UDM: Universities expect their faculty to contribute to  "peer-reviewed research."

That means three things:

  • One - Write:
    Faculty do their own research and submit it for peer review.  Peer review publications test research for accuracy and for originality.

  • Two - Referee:
    Faculty serve as referees for other scholars' research.  Usually the review process is "double blind."  The researcher does not know who referees her/his work;  the referees do not know whose work they are refereeing.   The focus is on the work itself, not the personalities involved.

  • Three -  Read:
    Every faculty member, just like your doctor or dentist or lawyer, is expected to keep up with new research in her/his field.  That means lots of reading and thinking.

    Refereeing other peoples' research  is one of the hidden labors that faculty members do along with their own research, their class preparations, office hours, and committee work.

UDM supports research

University of Detroit Mercy supports scholarly and creative activity. We value the work that is done on all three campuses by faculty and students. The ability to engage students in research supports their intellectual curiosity and encourages discussion, debate and discovery. Research also provides an opportunity for students to learn more about their chosen discipline and contribute to its body of knowledge.

University of Detroit Mercy celebrated faculty authors for the first time in March 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, a new theme is selected for the annual program brochure, such as “Scholarly Journeys: Detroit,” “Inaugurate/Inform/Inspire,” and “Then and Now.” In addition listing the 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.

UDM’s Celebrating Scholarly Achievement website maintains a history of faculty authored works and faculty and student research projects. 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. In 2014, high school students and community business partners were also be invited. Also beginning in 2014, in addition to the traditional afternoon highlighting research publications, posters and other creative projects, there was a week-long series of events that highlighted 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.

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