ADVANCE Program’s ‘Demystifying How Georgia Tech Works’ Events Focus on Ethics, Sponsored Research, and Professional Development This Fall

Have you ever wondered about the ethical responsibilities of public universities? Or what the Office of Sponsored Programs does, or which professional development programs are available at the Institute? If so, please join the Demystifying How Georgia Tech Works event series this fall.

Georgia Tech’s ADVANCE Program is offering three Demystifying How Georgia Tech Works events on October 2, November 8, and November 27. Each event is open to all faculty, staff, and students.

“We tend to know what is happening within our networks, but we could often benefit from seeing the bigger picture at the Institute,” said Pinar Keskinocak, College of Engineering ADVANCE Professor and William W. George Chair and Professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. “This event series is an opportunity to transfer knowledge and fill information gaps between units, so campus community members can be on the same page as ‘One Georgia Tech.’”

On October 2, “Ethical Responsibilities of Public Universities” will address issues around the mission of higher education, costs, ethical aspects of rankings, and some unethical practices.

On November 8, “How the Office of Sponsored Programs Supports Faculty” will feature panelists from key offices that help faculty obtain and manage sponsored research funds. Panelists will discuss recent initiatives focused on streamlining their services, the range of services provided, and how faculty can best benefit from working with their offices. 

Finally, on November 27, “Professional Development Programs for Faculty and Staff” will feature a panel discussion on several professional development programs for faculty and staff that are offered by Georgia Tech and the University System of Georgia.

L. Beril Toktay, Brady Family Chair and ADVANCE Professor in the Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business, explained that this fall’s event topics were selected by crowdsourcing ideas from previous participants.

More than 500 faculty, staff, and students have attended the Demystifying How Georgia Tech Works series since its launch in 2016.

“As a Tech alumna and now faculty member, it was enlightening to attend last spring’s event on undergraduate enrollment, and heartening to hear of the plans to create a more diverse, better-supported undergraduate environment,” said Emily Weigel, academic professional in the School of Biological Sciences. “This series provides a quick crash course on topics of importance.”

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