CORD Director's Letter

Dear CORD members,

I’m not sure CORD has entered middle age, maybe young adulthood, but we are established, known, and on a stable footing. This is due to your stalwart efforts. Our Center continues to provide an anchor to research and scholarly activity at Arizona State University and, at the same time, links policy and administration scholars around the world.

Some of the highlights of academic year include the following:

  • We just announced the selection of our second recipient(s) of the CORD Scholarly Excellence Award, an award provided to early career scholars, typically among CORD fellows or affiliates. This year we have two winners, ASU's own Justin Stritch and University of Alabama-Birmingham faculty member Erin Borry. We have profiles of each on the CORD website. Each has been invited to give a research presentation in connection with the award. Congratulations! Well deserved.
  • Another CORD activity is celebrated, the Annual CORD/Arizona Centennial Distinguished Lecture. We have selected Dr. Carolyn Hill, Senior Fellow at MDRC. As most of you know, Carolyn has made fundamental contributions in diverse research areas, especially in her pioneering studies of governance. She will present her lecture in Fall 2018 at a time to be determined.
  • CORD benefited from a number of excellent speakers, many of whom were CORD visitors. Lara Cruz Castro, Senior Research Fellow and Luis Sanz Menendez, Research Professor, both at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies of the Spanish National Research Centre (CSIC), Spain. Jari Vuori, Faculty of Social Science and Business Studies, University of Eastern Finland. Paris Chrysos, Professor of Innovation Management at ISC Paris.
  • New Fellows to join CORD included Mehmet Akif Demircioglu of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Khaldoun AbouAssi, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Laura Cruz Castro, Luis Sanz Menendez, and Jari Vuori and Paris Chrysos.
  • CORD researchers received a new NSF research grant, one very much in line with the CORD research focus. The grant is to study "Administrative Burden in University Research Policy." Barry Bozeman is the PI and Jan Youtie (Georgia Tech) the co-PI. CORD Fellow Craig Boardman is a consultant on the project and a lead researcher.
  • Two CORD projects continue including CORD research director Stuart Bretschneider continues his grant from the National Science Foundation to work on issues related to the mobility and return patterns of STEM doctoral recipients in the US. CORD affiliate Monica Gaughan and I have continued our NSF study of research collaboration and the role of cosmopolitan collaboration on productivity of STEM degree holders.
  • Eriko Fukumoto, a CORD graduate assistant for the past three years and a student in the ASU School for the Future of Innovation successfully defended her dissertation and is now Dr. Fukumoto.
  • Stu Bretschneider, Barry Bozeman, postdoc Sergey Kolesnikov, and graduate assistant Sarah Geren are spearheading a Presidential Initiative project aimed at determining the extent to which and means by which ASU faculty are credited in tenure, promotion and performance evaluation for their social engagement activities. The project objective entails development means of enhancing recognition.
  • We are sorry to lose a CORD affiliate who has made great contributions. Professor Kevin Desouza is joining Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. He will serve as Research Capacity Building Professor of Business, Technology and Strategy in the university’s Business School.
The denizens of CORD-Phoenix are currently at work developing a time and location for the next CORD meeting of the Board of Advisors. You will be hearing more about that later. What we know now is that the meeting will be in Phoenix in Fall 2018, probably in November or December (since this is the time that Phoenix is, weather-wise, one of the best places to be in the US). We are also in the process of considering possible to Board members as some of our longer serving members are revolving off the Board.

We asked our CORD members to provide us with a list of their activities. Not surprisingly, given the energies and talents of all of you, this list is too extensive to list in the Director’s letter. However, the website will soon provide a listing. Thanks for keeping us up to date with your work.

Best wishes,