First Round Awarded Proposals
These political, social, and economic trends provide opportunities for cutting-edge, collaborative faculty research that would place GSU at the national forefront of academic research in this field. This proposal's commitment to disseminating new knowledge about effective governance, leadership, and change management in health and scientific businesses will enable future corporate and legal leadership to respond to rapidly changing technological and regulatory environments. The proposal also lays the foundation for new cross-campus collaborations with the life-sciences departments and in health policy, and its IP-law and corporate-compliance dimensions could support future initiatives in biotechnology entrepreneurship.
The proposal builds on existing strengths and collaborations between the COL and RCB. The COL hosts the nationally ranked health law program at the Center for Law, Health & Society, whose Director, Charity Scott, is the proposal's point-of-contact and lead team member. RCB hosts the Institute of Health Administration and its nationally ranked master's program in health administration. The proposal builds on the COL's strong program and scholarly record in IP law, including its successful IP collaboration with RCB.
Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law and Director for the Center for Law, Health & Society
Health equality - a term now replacing "health disparities" to signal the goal of ameliorating differences in health status among population subgroups - has emerged in recent years as an organizing principle in public health. Its importance is evident in the burgeoning literature on health disparities, and the recent new funding streams at the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere for community-based research. Disadvantaged and underserved minority populations experience significant disparity in access to healthcare and in health status but policy interventions and legal remedies that can effectively ameliorate such disparities remain elusive.
Georgia State University resides in a community-at-risk, and our current work demonstrates our commitment to these problems and exploration of routes to amelioration. A primary focus of this cluster of new positions is to explore the social determinants of health, and the role of syndemics (multiple adverse conditions that act synergistically) in individual and community health. We are in the process of hiring three new faculty members who, by contributing at multiple levels-societal (law), analytical (epidemiology), and community (social science)-will substantially augment Georgia State University's capacity to move to the forefront of this issue.
One hire in Chinese language and pedagogy in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) is central to expanding the university's multiple degree and research programs in China. This person's research would focus on second language acquisition (e.g., Chinese) or second language pedagogy, fields that would relate to the person's role of 1) creating a Chinese curriculum for MCL that includes training graduate students and lecturers who teach in the program, and 2) working with other faculty and Chinese instructors at the proposed Confucius Institute. The second COAS position, housed in the Department of Political Science, would specialize in Chinese politics and relationships between politics and economics, providing a pivotal role in the link between colleges and offering key courses in the Asian Studies Bachelor of Independent Studies (BIS) degree. In addition to an established research agenda and a history of leveraging funds, the RCB position in Chinese business and business culture would play important roles in both the Confucius Institute and CIBER. This cluster, in addition to the proposed Confucius and CIBER, would place GSU at the forefront of an increasingly important area, attracting external grants, and improving current research strengths in China-related programs.
Gayle Nelson, professor of applied linguistics and ESL
This faculty team is at work on a series of projects designed to attract significant foundation and corporate external funding and the interest of wider research efforts underway in new media studies. New media studies provide an area of interdisciplinary scholarship uniting creative artists and researcher/scholars in activities that will have major ramifications for national creative, economic, and intellectual trends, and the faculty team being assembled at GSU is nationally distinctive in uniting work around the arts and humanities, in partnership with media practitioners.
The new media sector is fast growing in Georgia, thanks to generous state tax subsidies and the city's prominence as a national arts and entertainment hub. Atlanta is the country's third largest media market, an international music production center, and home to a vibrant arts community annually generating $387 million in economic activity. Georgia State houses the region's premier university new media content origination facilities, as well as highly accomplished faculty in communication, music, art and design, and English who have received Sundance (2008), Grammy (2010), and recent Emmy awards.
The research cluster has organized its work by undertaking team activity to map urban spaces, including projects that will make use of the University Libraries historical maps of metropolitan Atlanta, historical sound (WSB Radio news) and photographic (Atlanta Journal Constitution) archives, and other resources to digitize and virtually map Atlanta's historical centrality to the region. Grants are being prepared to connect to digital humanities funding sources at the National Endowment for the Humanities and elsewhere, and further partnerships are envisioned with the city's history centers (esp. the Atlanta History Center, the Auburn Avenue branch of the Fulton County Library and its collections on African American history, and the coming Civil Rights Museum), and the region's media industries. The initiative is organizing a lecture series and a spring 2012 regional summit on new media, both efforts aimed at inaugurating a more prominent research-based presence for GSU, and building on longstanding partnerships with the region's main media players. Over the 2011-2012 academic year, a series of research teams that organize more widely interested and affiliated faculty will be undertaken with the goal of ambitiously securing further research funding. In addition to collaborative research space located in the GSU Digital Arts Entertainment Laboratory, a new media studio is being designed that will benefit from dedicated space in the 25 Park Place tower. Site visits to Carnegie Mellon, NYU/Tisch, UC-Santa Cruz and UC-San Diego, along with projected visits to the newly refurbished MIT New Media Lab and facilities in Austin, TX and Los Angeles, CA, will provide valuable information as facilities in Atlanta are organized for future work.
David Cheshier, associate professor of communication
Binghe Wang, Professor of Chemistry, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, and Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scientist
To cement Georgia State University's reputation in the growing demand for evidence-based policy, the departments of Economics and Public Management and Policy propose a cluster hire of two senior faculty members and one junior faculty member. With the assistance of proposal point-of-contact Paul Ferraro (Economics) and supporting faculty, the cluster would build an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary Workshop in Evidence-based Policy, modeled on Indiana University's prestigious Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. As a hub of energy and activity, the Workshop will bring together faculty and center researchers to catalyze interdisciplinary inquiry in evidence-based policy. By providing leadership, high-profile colloquia and lecture series, and an institutional umbrella for research working groups and visiting faculty and graduate students, the Workshop will serve as a catalyst for increasing the engagement and raising the international profile of the Andrew Young School and Georgia State in solving society's most pressing problems.
Paul Ferraro, associate professor of economics; David Sjoquist, professor of economics and Dan E. Sweat Distinguished Chair in Educational and Community Policy; John Thomas, professor of public management and policy
Tricia King, associate professor of psychology