The professor as social innovator – evolving roles on campus and in communities
Professors are essential, but often underappreciated actors within innovation systems. They lead major research projects, communicate the value of their findings with stakeholders, and equip future generations of innovators with knowledge and skills.
But constrained university budgets have contributed to increasing pressures on faculty. Disruptive technologies are quickly changing the ways that students and professors connect, whether inside the classroom or across continents. A new generation increasingly requires professors to not only equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to have successful careers, but also to have a meaningful impact in their communities and the world.
Amidst new challenges come new opportunities for social innovation. To explore the role of the professor as a social innovator, Mitacs will convene a panel of leading Canadian academics to discuss how the role of the professor has changed over the past two decades, whether universities/ governments/others are doing enough to support professors in their changing role(s), and what skills and resources are needed to promote social innovation.
This event is being hosted by Mitacs.