Innovation isn’t just about great ideas. It’s about turning great ideas into action.
That’s why Chaminade established the Office of the Vice President for Innovation (OVPI) in 2017.
We seek to build transformative projects that revolve around the three Rs: Building Chaminade’s Reputation, Relevance to the community, and Revenue base — all so that our institution is best positioned now and in the future to deliver on its service-oriented mission.
We see ourselves as idea incubators. We’re here to help build on good ideas, begin conversations with stakeholders about how to make sure those ideas take shape in ways that meet community needs, and operationalize good ideas in ways that can make a difference.
What we do.
• Foster innovation at Chaminade, leveraging the talent and creativity of faculty, staff and students in support of our institution’s mission
• Bring together internal and external stakeholders for project development to ensure relevance and accountability to the community
• Incubate projects — from the ideas stage to operationalization
• Secure funding that enables us to foster innovation for our mission, not just to seek a return on investment
• Use data-driven, evidence-based analysis to help prioritize ideas and new initiatives in the development stage, and to evaluate their short- and long-term success
Meet our team.
Dr. Helen Turner, an internationally regarded leader in STEM education and research, is Chaminade’s vice president of innovation. She is also the dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Dr. Turner believes the overarching goal of her office is to nurture “a culture of innovation” at the University and “give wings to the very best ideas of our talented faculty and staff.”
Dr. Scott Schroeder, Dean of Chaminade’s School of Business and Communication, also serves as a senior advisor to the OVPI. His academic areas of expertise include ethical management, organizational development, and leadership. As senior advisor, Dr. Schroeder helps to visualize innovation goals and design strategies for implementation that are founded in his understanding of organizational change models.
Lynn Haff is a grant writer and analyst specializing in innovation and transformative practice.
We want your ideas.
What could we be doing differently at Chaminade? What could we do more of? Or what new initiative would help us meet the needs of the community? Send us your idea.