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School of Management professors and students are actively engaged in scholarship. Towards fulfilling the School of Management mission, and as a teaching institution offering graduate programs supported by scholarly research, all full-time faculty are encouraged to maintain a scholarship portfolio that includes a minimum of three intellectual contributions over the most recent five year period, including at least one peer-reviewed publication in an academic journal. Maintaining this level of productivity allows the school to classify its individual faculty members as AQ, or Academically Qualified, per the AACSB accreditation standards. Full-time faculty teaching in the graduate programs are asked to evidence additional productivity in order to maintain the classification of AQ-M, or Academically Qualified to instruct in the Master's level programs, per accreditation standards. AQ-M faculty have produced at least five intellectual contributions during the most recent five year period, including at least three peer-reviewed publications in an academic journal. These standards of scholarship productivity ensure, for all students and Stakeholders of the school, that the faculty maintain relevancy to current and developing trends within their disciplines.
The impact of faculty scholarship is measured not only through the quantity and quality of articles and papers that are published, but also how they influence the quality of teaching and learning. In that spirit all faculty are encouraged to include elements of their research into their pedagogy, and demonstrate how their classes are each individualized in unique ways through the impact of their scholarship on a chosen student learning outcome. In this way the faculty member's expertise has impact on the overall outcomes of the student achievements in the classroom and also provide enhancements to the teaching and learning environment.
Faculty that are heavily engaged within industry, and have significant professional responsibilities over an extended period of time, and who also hold the Masters degree (or higher), may be classified as Professionally Qualified. Many of the school's adjunct and part-time faculty hold this classification. The adjunct and part-time faculty, and the full-time faculty who hold this classification, are important contributors to the education landscape in the School of Management. This is due to the ability for the school to effectively blend theory into practice by way of the combined efforts of the faculty that are academically qualified and those that are professionally qualified. Professionally qualified faculty bring a unique perspective into the classroom that leverages their professional experience. In this spirit the School of Management permits up to fifty (50) percent of it faculty resources (but no more) in the classroom to be PQ, thus ensuring that our students receive an education that maintains its career focus without compromising the rigor and theory of the academic foundations of the academic program.
Finally, faculty who hold administrative positions within the school, including the school's officers, are held to the same standard of intellectual productivity as all other faculty members. In this way the officers uphold the standards of intellectual capital that others are expected to maintain.
Students are also actively engaged in research, as they are required elements of the academic program goals. For example, MBA students will be able to "Conduct industry, company specific, or environmental business analysis using appropriate data and informational resources to bridge the gap between abstract theory and practice." MS students will be able to "utilize technology applications and research to make data-driven decisions, and develop practices to achieve strategic and operational goals in a dynamic global economy" and BSBA students will be able to "conduct and utilize research to support business innovation." True to our aim, and with the understanding that the globalization of and transformational effect of technology on business has opened new doors for innovation, the School of Management programs encourage and train our students to take advantage of this opportunity through research and the development of new and innovative ideas for the future.