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Symposium on Innovation, Research, and Engagement (SOIRE)

The UNG Symposium on Innovation, Research, and Engagement (SOIRE), formerly UNG Faculty Research Day, is comprised of a one-day conference that showcases faculty and staff scholarship from across all campuses of the university, drawing together lifelong learners with a broad range of interests, to celebrate our achievements.

2018 SOIRE

The 2018 SOIRE will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Time Session Additional Information
12:00 -12:10 p.m. Welcome & Directions to Workshops Andy Novobilski
12:10 - 12:40 p.m. Workshops
  • Research Ethics
    • Robert Powers & Troy Smith
    • Nesbitt 1201
  • Student Collaborative Research
    • Bill Gash & Anastasia Lin
    • Nesbitt 5171
  • LEAP Gathering
    • Jennifer Graff
    • Nesbitt 5105
12:40 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Posters & Light Refreshments Nesbitt 3110 A&B
1:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Creative Presentations: Music Nesbitt 3110 A&B 
1:30 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Creative Presentations: Art Nesbitt 3110 A&B 
1:40 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Creative Presentations: Theater Nesbitt 3110 A&B 
1:50 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Acknowledgments/Thank Yous
Last Look at Posters
Nesbitt 3110 A&B 

2017 SOIRE


The 2017 SOIRE took place on the Dahlonega Campus, Library Technology Center on November 10. This event was on the UNG Gainesville Campus last year and locations will alternate each year.

Location Time Event
Library Technology Center 269
Dahlonega Campus
9:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m. Panel 1: Global Perspectives in Ancient and Modern Eras
Library Technology Center 382
Dahlonega Campus
9:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m. Panel 2: Educational Constructs in Appalachia
Library Technology Center
3rd Floor
Dahlonega Campus
11:25 a.m.—12:10 p.m. Poster Presentations and Performances

Light buffet lunch served
Library Technology Center 382
Dahlonega Campus
12:10 p.m.—1:20 p.m.

Keynote Address
Building Your Platform as a Public Scholar
Kenneth Carter, Ph.D.

Dr. Kenneth WilsonWriting for a public audience often involves more than just crafting and publishing a book. It should also include your author platform, which are the activities you do that get your name and work noticed by the public. This can include social media, a website, blog posts, and media interviews. Dr. Carter will discuss how he built his author platform. In addition, he’ll discuss tips on interview techniques, best practices for social media, and how to fit all of this into a busy academic life.

Dr. Kenneth Carter, a board-certified clinical psychologist, received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. He has appeared in magazines such as Women’s Health and mental floss, as well as on news programs such as NPR and NBC's Today Show. He is actively involved in research and teaching as a Professor of Psychology at Oxford College, Emory University, where he has taught psychology for over 20 years. He is a co-author of the introduction to psychology textbook Learn Psychology and has two forthcoming books Abnormal Psychology and Buzz! Understanding Thrill Seekers and the High Sensation Seeking Personality.

For more information about Dr. Carter and his work, visit his website.

Library Technology Center 269
Dahlonega Campus
1:30 p.m—2:45 p.m.

Panel 3: Interpreting Power and Mystery

Read the UNG Newsroom Article on the 2017 SOIRE.

2017 SOIRE Program and Schedule

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals
Due Date: Friday, October 13, 12:00 p.m.

The Office of Research and Engagement invites faculty and staff to submit abstracts for the 2017 UNG Symposium on Innovation, Research and Engagement (SOIRE), formerly UNG Faculty Research Day. This third annual symposium will showcase faculty and staff scholarship from across all campuses of the university to celebrate our achievements.

SOIRE will be comprised of a one-day conference of individual panel presentations, a poster session, a light lunch reception, and a keynote address. This event is intended as an opportunity to communicate with colleagues about scholarly work and interests, not as a refereed conference; faculty and staff are welcome to present material that has been presented in the past. The keynote address, Building Your Platform as a Public Scholar, will be offered by Dr. Kenneth Carter, Professor of Psychology at Oxford College, Emory University.

We strongly encourage those who have won Presidential Awards to use this opportunity to disseminate their work. Please note that this conference invites proposals representing all classifications of Ernest L. Boyer’s model of scholarship:

  • Scholarship of Discovery: original research in disciplinary fields
  • Scholarship of Integration: synthesis of cross-disciplinary research that leads to original findings
  • Scholarship of Engagement: results from the application of academic expertise in mutually-beneficial, reciprocal relationships with community partners
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): systematic, methodologically-sound research on teaching and learning

Also, we welcome those who have undertaken research related to the principles and tools of LEAP (Liberal Education, America’s Promise). Please see the UNG Leap website for further information about our initiative entitled “Renewing Liberal Education through Faculty-Driven Reform and Innovation.”

Faculty and staff can present with students on undergraduate research, but this conference is a faculty/staff event. See the Academic Research Conference for student presentations.

Event Time Deadline/Event
Friday, October 13 12:00 p.m. Due date for abstracts
Wednesday, October 25 5:00 p.m. Notification of outcome
Friday, November 10 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Panel 1 and 2
Friday, November 10 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Poster presentations and performances; Light buffet lunch will be served
Friday, November 10 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Keynote Address- Dr. Kenneth Carter
Friday, November 10 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Panel 3


Dahlonega Campus, Library Technology Center, third floor. This event was on the Gainesville campus last year; we will alternate locations.


Abstracts will be collected within NOIR (Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository). Conference participants will have the option, but are not required, to publish their papers, presentations, or posters within NOIR under a Creative Commons license. Proposals may be submitted at the following link:

SOIRE Submission Page

  • Proposals should include the following information:
  • Title of paper, presentation, or poster
  • Presenter name, academic title, college and department, and primary campus
  • Keywords
  • Abstract of 400 words or less
  • Biography of 500 words or less

Steering Committee

For further information, please contact a member of the steering committee:

  • Chair, Dr. Rebecca Johnston, Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
  • Dr. Mary Carney, Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
  • Dr. Anastasia Lin, Assistant Vice President - Research and Engagement; Assistant Dean of Student Research and Scholarship
  • Dr. Drew Pearl, Director of Academic Engagement

Poster Printing

Distance Education and Technology Integration (DETI) offers poster printing services for faculty and students who are presenting at professional conferences or need posters for their classroom. The maximum size poster DETI prints is 42" high x 56" wide and is usually designed in PowerPoint. The average cost of a poster this size, with white background, is around $45.00. See their website for details (login required) on how to format a poster. DETI must have a minimum of two weeks lead time to complete your request.

2016 SOIRE

The 2016 SOIRE took place on the Gainesville Campus, Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building. This event was on the UNG Dahlonega Campus last year and locations will alternate each year.

Times and Locations Event
10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Nesbitt 3101 Panel 1
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Poster presentations and performances
Light buffet lunch served
1:15 to 2:30 p.m.,  Nesbitt 3101 Panel 2

Read about the 2016 SOIRE that took place on November 11, 2016.

2016 SOIRE Program and Schedule

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