A university's business is ideas. This means that faculty members and students are essential participants in determining the intellectual rigor and reach of what is attained in the classrooms, the laboratories, and the libraries.
It means, as well, that the most reliable index of the quality of a faculty member's thought is the strength of his or her published work, judged by peers in the world of scholarship. For the job of a professor is to extend the understanding of her discipline beyond the point where she found it, and to communicate her understanding to her colleagues and students.
Professors have a fundamental obligation to engage in the dialectic of their profession, by which questions beget questions and answers beget further questions. An authentic commitment to scholarship is the best assurance we know of a lifetime of contagious intellectual vitality and engagement in one's field.
It is scholarship that contributes to the stream of new knowledge. It is scholarship that identifies Dartmouth College as an important educational institution. It is scholarship that attracts and retains distinguished individuals as members of the faculty. It is scholarship that attracts outstanding students, many of them headed for academic careers or work as research scientists. It is scholarship that sets a standard of excellence for all the rest of our activities.
Scholarship, of course, is intimately related to teaching. It enhances and enlivens the classroom experience of students. A professor's tale of original, cutting-edge research has an unsurpassed capacity to strike a spark of curiosity and enthusiasm in students, to inspire as well as illuminate. No teaching is more thrilling — or more effective — than when a professor professes his or her original ideas.
The role of the Dartmouth faculty member is one of both scholar and teacher. These vocations are complementary, not conflicting. Dartmouth properly insists that its faculty members be effective not only in the transmission of ideas but also in their creation. Academic distinction of the kind we seek requires no less.
James O. Freedman,
President of Dartmouth College.
Adapted from annual address to the faculty, 1995
A number of institutions and staff within Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have assisted the Office of Sponsored Projects in developing this manual. Their assistance came in the form of contributed procedures and policies, review of draft documents, and many suggestions. This manual to a large extent reflects their expertise.
Written by Patricia A. Erwin for the Office of Sponsored Projects
Copyright © 1996 by the Trustees of Dartmouth College.
Last Updated: 10/22/09