August 26, 2010
"The 2CI awards offer an extraordinary opportunity to expand interdisciplinary research in the fields of health law and regulation, intellectual property and the biosciences, and health justice." - Center Director Charity Scott
The College of Law successfully competed for two awards under a new University initiative to hire faculty in selected interdisciplinary research fields. Under these awards, the University granted six new faculty lines across campus around research themes in health business regulation and governance, intellectual property and the biosciences, and health justice. The law school will appoint three of the new faculty, and the business school and public health institute will appoint the other three.
The primary goal of the University’s Second Century Initiative (2CI) is to build internationally-recognized scholarly strength and critical faculty mass around common research themes that have national and global significance. 2CI is intended to accelerate collaborative, interdisciplinary research among faculty, raise the University’s reputation for excellence in research, and increase its level of competitive federally-funded research.
In Spring 2010, faculty and deans from across the GSU campus submitted 56 proposals under 2CI. Eight final awards were made through a competitive selection process. The College of Law is participating in two of these awards, with the new faculty to begin in fall 2011. Center Director Charity Scott is the Chair of the law school’s 2CI Faculty Recruitment Committee.
One 2CI research theme is the legal and ethical governance of businesses in health care, life sciences, and biotechnology markets. Under this three-faculty cluster award, the College of Law is collaborating with the Institute of Health Administration in the GSU Robinson College of Business. Scott served as the lead for this successful proposal, which resulted in two new faculty positions in the law school and one in the business school.
The two new law faculty members under this interdisciplinary award will specialize in: (1) intellectual property law with a research focus on biotechnology, the life and health sciences, and entrepreneurship, and (2) health law with a research focus on health law regulation, corporate law and compliance, and ethics of health care businesses and organizations. The faculty member to be hired in the business school will specialize in governance, leadership, and change management in health care and biotechnology organizations.
The second 2CI research theme is achieving health justice through improving health equity and reducing health disparities. Under this three-faculty cluster award, the College of Law is collaborating with the Institute of Public Health in the GSU College of Health and Human Sciences. Public health faculty member Richard Rothenberg, M.D., served as the lead in this successful proposal. This award will provide a major enhancement in GSU’s capacity to explore the social, economic, epidemiologic, and legal dimensions of health justice.
The law faculty member hired under this 2CI award will specialize in a legal discipline consistent with a research focus on achieving health equity and reducing health disparities. The legal backgrounds can be broad-based, including such diverse fields as health law, administrative law, public law, and social welfare law. The two new public health faculty members will be an epidemiologist with methodological expertise and emphasis on preventive interventions, and a social scientist with the ability to play a major role in community-based participatory research.
Under the 2CI awards, the College of Law seeks tenure-track faculty with the following specialties: