Perhaps the biggest challenge that Texas and the nation face is coping with the changing global economy, demographic shifts, and innumerable other changes that seem to be accelerating every day. UTD will be a leader in addressing change in a proactive, rather than reactive, way.
Given UTD’s emphasis on technology, engineering, management, and transdisciplinary education, UTD is strategically poised to pursue innovative research that will make change productive rather than destructive. A campus-wide program for “dynamic change management” will be created to serve as a spark and catalyst for leadership in managing change. The change management initiative will bring the Schools of Engineering and Computer Science, Management, Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, and Arts and Humanities together with faculty from other Schools to create synergistic research with practical applications to the nation’s global society—ideas will literally be turned into actions that value and respect the environment and human welfare. New programs will be created and strong partnerships will be formed with the individual entrepreneurs as well as international corporations and local governments and schools. The newly created Laboratory for Experimental Social Science, the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, and the proposed Survey Research and Training Center along with The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UTD hold substantial promise for both understanding and harnessing change. A high priority will be placed on hiring outstanding faculty who will reach out to stakeholders, and continued development of innovative instructional delivery will be emphasized (for example, the Global Leadership Executive MBA’s distance learning technology).
Without a significant effort to incubate new research (and hence new programs), the research goals of the University will not be achieved. Accordingly, innovative centers and institutes that will become global leaders for positive change will be established to complement the outstanding centers, programs, and institutes already in place, such as the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, the Sickle Cell Disease Research Center, the Center for BrainHealth, the Advanced Hearing Research Center, the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology, the NanoTech Institute, and the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering. A Consortium for Innovation, consisting of leaders of industry, deans, and leading researchers, will be established and funded in order to incubate transdisciplinary research and new research centers for up to three years. These centers might focus on such diverse themes as “innovation,” “creativity,” “global software,” “multinational business,” “global communications,” “the health care system,” “multicultural issues in a global world,” and “public policy in a flat world.” The centers will be selected around topics that are natural strengths for UTD and that have a very high potential of making a major impact on the Metroplex, Texas, and the nation. Each year, the Consortium for Innovation will identify two or more new programs for seed funding and incubation in the expectation that most will evolve into major new research and education centers or institutes, attracting major extramural funding and establishing themselves among the most significant programs in their area in the world.
Updated: May 1, 2012