Faculty Research & Scholarship

Faculty Research and Scholarship

Mount Royal University‘s mandate “is anchored in teaching and learning informed by research and scholarship… Our faculty pursue research and scholarship to advance and apply knowledge as well as to enhance the quality of teaching. As an undergraduate institution, we maintain relatively high teaching loads and apply creative and efficient time management for research.” (Strategic Research and Scholarship Plan (2018–2023), p. 3). Mount Royal expects all faculty to engage in scholarly teaching. “Scholarly teachers view teaching as a profession with its own knowledge base (related to teaching and learning), one that essentially constitutes a second discipline requiring development of expertise in teaching and learning” (Institutional Tenure and Promotion Criteria, Section 3.1, Teaching). Scholarly teachers bring current thoughts, evidence and results of their research into their classrooms.

The Faculty of Health, Community and Education is instructionally focused and research-informed. Scholarship is recognized as an essential activity. We are committed to a model of undergraduate research in which faculty and students work together to generate new knowledge, establish stronger interdisciplinary connections and build more effective research relationships with the community. Students are actively engaged in research projects within core courses and with faculty (e.g. students are involved in writing literature reviews, data collection and input, and dissemination). We strive to ensure that faculty and students work together to establish stronger interdisciplinary connections and build effective research relationships in and out of the classroom.

Although research and scholarship are often used interchangeably, a formal definition of scholarship is “activities related to one or more of research, scholarly or artistic work which occurs through discovery, integration, teaching and learning, or application of knowledge and is disseminated through peer review processes” (Collective Agreement, 2016, p. 8). Research is formally defined as “investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws” (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 2018).

The Faculty of Health, Community and Education has launched its strategic plan, Ani to pisi (spiderweb) 2024, which includes strategic direction for research and scholarship for faculty and students. 

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