The Research Office

Wilson Hall
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-2762
(248) 370-4111
[email protected]

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Soundings Series

Through faculty-driven and student-engaged research, scholarship, and creative activity, Oakland University advances knowledge and art in a diverse and inclusive environment. One of the pillars of the University’s mission focuses on mobilizing the knowledge and expertise resident in its faculty. OU’s researchers take the knowledge they have created and the expertise they have developed out into the world.

The Soundings Series is an opportunity to:

  • showcase the work of OU’s engaged researchers and public intellectuals
  • learn how you can take your research public and make the world a better place

Each Soundings Series event will feature a talk by a successful, publicly engaged faculty member, describing their work and research career, along with an exploration and guided discussion of the skills, tools, and strategies required to operate as an engaged scholar.

Benefits for Soundings Series Presenters
Faculty chosen to participate will have the opportunity to present at a Soundings Series event.

  • The speaker and their work will be featured in the OU News (print story)
  • The speaker will meet with staff to discuss the possibility of fundraising, foundation support, and other external funding to support their work

The anticipated audience for the Soundings Series includes faculty, students, university administrators, alumni, and external donors and potential collaborators. These events allow faculty to share their expertise, explore collaboration opportunities, and learn from each other.

Why Should You Attend?
The Soundings Series showcases great examples of faculty successfully taking their work out of the lab, the field, the archive, or the studio and using it to make a positive difference in the world. The world needs you to learn how to take your work out into the world. Attend these events and learn how to become a community engaged scholar!

Selection Process
The Research Office will take nominations. Faculty can self-nominate or you can nominate others. Nominations are open to faculty of all ranks. Any questions can be directed to Dr. David Stone, [email protected].


Resources and Past Presenters

Past Soundings Series Presenters 

  • Joanna Thielen, Julia Rodriguez (OU Libraries, March 2019) - Discover Who’s Talking about Your Research with Altmetrics
  • Roop Raj (Fox 2 News, March 2019) - You're on TV! Now What?
  • Kathy Pfeiffer (English, February 2019) - Engaging the Community Through Storytelling
  • David Dulio (Political Science, November 2018) - Making Political Science Accessible and Informative to the Public (When Everyone Thinks They Are an Expert)
  • Jennifer Lucarelli (Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, October 2018) - Make It Work: Building and Maintaining Academic-Community Partnerships