Winter break roundup

Winter break roundup

KSU’s Center for Sustainable Journalism receives two grants to support youth justice publications

The Center for Sustainable Journalism at KSU recently received two individual grants totaling $500,000 from the Tow Foundation and the Wallace Foundation.

According to the CSJ’s director, Leonard Witt, the CSJ is unique in that they are the only publication in the nation that covers youth justice and child welfare issues on a daily basis with professional journalists from across the United States. The Tow Foundation has funded the CSJ for six straight years and plans to continue to fund the CSJ for the next three years, totaling $300,000.

The money will support the CSJ’s New York City bureau at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism in the City University of New York.

The Wallace Foundation funded the CSJ over the past few years and is now giving them $100,000 for the next two years to underwrite “Youth Today,” a CSJ publication that focuses on youth justice and child welfare issues. In the past, “Youth Today” has looked at youth and literacy programs when children were not in school.

The CSJ has another youth justice publication, the “Juvenile Justice Information Exchange,” which covers gun violence in the South and illustrates the lives of homeless youths and what their lives entail.

Comprehensive Administrative Review progress report highlights HR Academy

Kennesaw State University outlined its December progress in a university-wide resource overhaul with a focus on the Human Resources Academy.

This progress specifically underlined the HR Academy, which was developed in the early fall of 2018 after interviews and surveys were conducted on KSU’s campuses as part of a Comprehensive Administrative Review by the University System of Georgia.

According to a CAR report sent to faculty and staff, the HR Academy is meant to strengthen the relationship between HR and university departments.

The academy has held training and development sessions between HR business partners and the central HR team since its development “in order to better serve the university,” according to the CAR report.

The topics covered in past sessions that the CAR report describes include compensation, Family and Medical Leave Act administration, the hiring of international faculty and staff and legal issues related to HR.

In early 2019, there will be additional sessions which will cover topics such as talent management, recruiting, metrics and analytics, ethics and Title IX and performance differentiation.

The CAR report states that a follow-up review occurs on a monthly basis to ensure that all HR personnel understand the information following each of these required training sessions.

The official “target timeline” of the CAR states that Phase II is expected to be completed and the draft reported by the end of January 2019, according to the USG’s website.

KSU names distinguished researcher as VP of research

Kennesaw State named Phaedra Corso as the new vice president of research for the university, effective Feb. 9.

Corso currently works as the director of the Economic Evaluation Research Group in the College of Public Health and also as the associate director of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research at the University of Georgia.

As the vice president of research, some responsibilities include being the chief research administrator and officer at KSU, elevating research activities and productivity, helping create a research support infrastructure to help facilitate faculty success, developing a university-wide research vision and working with college level leaders to develop unit-level research strategies, according to the KSU website.

“Phaedra Corso’s depth of experience makes her a phenomenal addition to Kennesaw State,” President Pamela Whitten said.

Whitten said Corso will be a tremendous asset to KSU moving forward as it grows as a doctoral university. KSU was recently designated as an R2 institution, the second highest classification for research institutions in the U.S.

“Students already have many amazing opportunities to be engaged in research at KSU,” Corso said. “My goal, as vice president for research, is to support the undergraduate research office even more by establishing additional public and private partnerships to enhance these opportunities. I also plan to work closely with the graduate school to increase the funding and scholarship for our current and growing graduate programs.”

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