Strategic Workshops

Strategic Workshops are mid-sized meetings extending over a morning or afternoon. Workshops gather colleagues, graduate students, academic leadership, and foundation representatives to map an emerging research area that is of strategic importance to Rutgers. They showcase existing projects, explore extramural funding opportunities, and make new connections to colleagues in other departments and schools. Workshops often employ flash presentations and structured brainstorming exercises. They differ from Ideation Forums by canvassing a wider spectrum of activity in a given research area, including but not limited to grant-ready projects: major themes, new collaborative opportunities, ideas for co-teaching and other curricular innovation. Strategic Workshops take place two to three times per year and are a primary pathway to Ideation Forums, Grand Challenge Seminars, Public Events, and Rutgers Research Collaboratives


Past Workshops

Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities in an Age of Crisis, February 28, 2020

A full day’s workshop for faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, School of Communication and Information, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy designed to foster integrative research across the disciplines with themed panels and brainstorming sessions on grants, collaborative projects, co-teaching and curriculum, and public event planning. Cosponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation, the Rutgers Climate Institute, and the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis.

Smart Cities Research Roundtable on NJ Urban Mobility, December 6, 2019

The first in a series of events sponsored by a working group with representatives from Rutgers, Princeton University, Rowan University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Stevens Institute of Technology, the event brought together an interdisciplinary group of faculty from these five institutions. Participants mapped out short- and medium-term research priorities in the urban mobility space, identified key public and corporate stakeholders, and began initial teaming around more focused research topics for project development. 

Community and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship, November 4, 2019

A full-day workshop sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation and the School for Communication and Information on publicly-engaged and community-engaged scholarship across Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Rutgers–Camden. Faculty presentations about community-engaged research in the public humanities, media, policy, and higher education facilitated a collective conversation about design, methods, impact, and assessment of scholarship that seeks to address the many challenges facing local communities and that aim to forge meaningful collaborations between the university and community stakeholders.

Civics, Politics, and History in K-12 and Higher Education, October 10, 2019

A workshop for faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, School for Communication and Information, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and the Eagleton Institute of Politics to share resources and align visions around civics at Rutgers via the classroom, civic engagement, research projects, and funding opportunities.

Digital Agriculture Planning Meeting, May 7, 2019

Sponsored by ORI in conjunction with the School of Engineering, the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. The interactive event convened faculty from these schools and others to assess strengths, resources, and priorities toward developing future research at the intersection of agriculture, data science, and digital technology that are aligned with current and future funding opportunities. 

Digital-Material: Aesthetics in the 21st Century, September 29, 2018

An evening symposium jointly sponsored by ORI and Mana Contemporary in Jersey City on the ways the digital has changed how we think about art. Working artists and theorists presented current projects and guided a public discussion of how emergent technologies are affecting material and visual culture, and what roles can art now play outside the professionalized art world.