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Dean Solt on Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs recently asked College of Business Administration Dean Michael Solt about the role of Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities (RSCA) within CBA. Below are his thoughts.

What is the role of RSCA in student success in CBA?

Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities (RSCA) have always been an important part of the College of Business Administration (CBA). Our faculty members come from top doctoral programs such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, University of Michigan, and University of Texas (to name a few), and they bring leading-edge research skills to our college.

Our 66 tenured/tenure track faculty members are successful researchers, and for the 2009-2014 period on which our last Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation was based, they published an impressive 167 peer-reviewed articles. Even more impressively, 15 of those articles were in journals that CBA rates as elite, 17 in high-quality-plus journals, and 46 in high-quality journals, so that nearly half of CBA's publications were in top journals in their respective fields. Our commitment to research is continuous and persistent, and our faculty will produce similar, if not better, results for our next AACSB review in 2019.

CBA faculty members are expanding the ways that they conduct their research. To work more closely with students, we are enhancing what we do for University Honors Program (UHP) students who are business majors, coinciding with changes to UHP that will increase the number of CBA honors students in coming years. We will begin offering honors sections of CBA courses to engage CBA honors students more in the life of the college. But these students also need faculty advisors for their honors theses, and the one-on-one connections that will present exciting opportunities for faculty-student research efforts.

Collaborations and interdisciplinary activities are becoming more and more important in higher education. How do you see CBA faculty contributing to that trend?

Collaborative research efforts are blossoming in CBA also. For the last few years, Beach Lab (a survey research resource) has been a vehicle for CBA faculty members to conduct survey research using student subjects that has yielded cross-department collaborations.

Our faculty members also reach out across campus. For example, in the fall semester Jeffrey Bentley in the Management/HRM Department, newly arrived from SUNY Buffalo, and Amy Wax in the Psychology Department received a university High Impact Practices award for their project entitled Enabling Learning in the College Classroom through the use of Interdisciplinary Virtual Teams.

Tell us how you think CBA will look in 2025 with respect to RSCA?

Scholarly efforts are integral to CBA's lifeblood, and they continue flowing and evolving in new and interesting ways in our college. As our faculty members renew their human capital through research, CBA students benefit from the increased knowledge that is produced. These are exciting times to be part of this excellent business school.

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