Red Deer Polytechnic encourages the creation and dissemination of knowledge by supporting scholarship (where results of an activity must be disseminated and make a contribution to a field of knowledge) and scholarly activity/research (a comprehensive term that is understood to be an intellectual, creative, or investigative process that may or may not lead to the production of disseminated scholarship) in an environment of open inquiry, academic freedom, creativity, and innovation.
Red Deer Polytechnic defines research, scholarly activity, and scholarship using the Boyer model, which divides activity into four distinct categories (though there can be overlap between one or more categories):
A number of departments and committees at Red Deer Polytechnic have mandates specifically connected to creating awareness and rewarding scholarly activity, including the Research and Scholarship Committee and the Recognition of Scholarly Activity Committee.
Examples of recent faculty projects can be found on the Faculty and Staff Research page of Red Deer Polytechnic's website.
The precise nature of scholarly activity and the accountability framework for that activity vary across the College and depend on:
Departments develop consensus regarding the specific definitions of scholarly activity that are encouraged and supported and the accountability processes that will be applied within the principles and guidelines provided in this policy. Department norms related to scholarship provide guidelines for those seeking continuous appointment, for recruiting new faculty members, and for continuing professional development.
All scholarly work that involves research conforms to or interacts with the following policies: