Nearly 70 professors from across the University will come together on Wednesday, Sept. 18 to participate in the second annual Faculty Research Day, an interactive forum where they can share their research interests and accomplishments with Hofstra students and colleagues.
It will be held in the Multipurpose Room in the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Faculty from departments including anthropology, dance, chemistry, athletic training, history, accounting, communication, public health and many others “tell” their professional stories on displayed posters and are on hand to answer questions about their areas of study and expertise.
The event is a spinoff of Undergraduate Research Day, which celebrates the scholarly work of students every May. “Students and colleagues often don’t know what faculty do outside of classes and committees,” said Neil Donahue, Associate Dean of Hofstra University Honors College and organizer of both the undergraduate and faculty research events. “This is a great way for students to see their professor’s interests, and maybe even get bitten by the bug to pursue such work themselves.” Professors from different subject areas have also discovered common interests that led to interdisciplinary research collaborations.
Last year’s inaugural event featured 59 faculty presenters and drew hundreds of students. “The doors opened, and we were overwhelmed with the response,” said Dean Donahue. “None of the professors could leave their post; students came in interested and had great questions.”
Dean Donahue will be on hand to discuss his work in German literature and culture in the 20th century. Visit the Faculty Research Day site to see the full list of presenters joining him this year.