September 20, 2013 – FVSU spotlighted outstanding faculty researchers during its inaugural Celebration of Scholarship Day on Sept. 20, 2013. The event was followed by a second annual event in 2014.
According to the Celebration of Scholarship Day committee chair, Dr. Ian Toppin, who is also the director of the Office of Enhancing Critical Thinking and the Center for Teaching and Learning, FVSU President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith created the occasion to highlight faculty research and serve as a counterpart to Research Day.
“Dr. Griffith not only wants to recognize scholarship, he also wants to promote it,” said Toppin. “Research Day is primarily concentrated on student research; while, the Celebration of Scholarship Day is focused on faculty research. We started this occasion to recognize the outstanding research that our faculty is conducting on campus.”
Toppin also believes that the event gives the FVSU faculty a chance to showcase their research with their peers.
“It is hard for people to know what you are doing, unless you show them,” said Toppin. “So, this event is an opportunity to show the world the kind of research FVSU faculty are doing on campus. We will recognize those who are doing [research], and perhaps, it will spur others to get involved in scholarship as well.
Toppin believes that the day has had a positive impact on FVSU students.
“We hope that students will see the level of activity that their professors are involved with, and that this will become tangible evidence of the type of work that they too can get involved with,” said the organizer. “We often bring people in to become examples for our students, and quite often the examples that they need are right here and they may never have known it. We’re hopeful that this spurs them on to do better things.”