Academic journal article Journal of Research Administration

In This Issue

Academic journal article Journal of Research Administration

In This Issue

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In this third issue of the journal, we look at change from a variety of perspectives. In the opening feature, Engaging the Humanities? Research Ethics in Canada, Michael Owen addresses a major researcher and institutional transition issue we will all face over the next few years. This preliminary evaluation of Canada's common set of guidelines for the treatment of human subjects in all research reflects the fact that humanities and fine arts faculty have not internalized change. The article presents a good synopsis of faculty and administrative concerns and reasons to resist change.

This issue's case study highlights an innovation from the SUNY system to improve the protection of human research participants through organized approaches and non-threatening peer review. The material is sufficient to assist others in thinking through possible applications of the approach to their institution. We will look forward to a longer-term evaluation of the effects of this voluntary and anticipatory program in a few years.

Our Shop Talk articles begin with a synthesis on change in the field of research administration from two leaders, Marcia Landen and Michael McCallister. The vast growth in the scope of responsibilities and new technological applications require our colleagues to diversify while many of our institutions are slow to change. Just as in the business world, we must plan for change; four keys to success are speed, specialization, competitive knowledge workers, and empowered employees. As part of the newer expectations for research administrators, many faculty and researchers expect and need guidance on proposal writing. Victoria Molfese, Karen Karp, and Linda Siegel summarize the key points that research administrators can share with proposal writers, department reviewers, and new faculty about the peer review process. …

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