GRCC Math Professor Granted Sabbatical to Research “Intellectual Capital”

Grand Rapids Community College announced that it has granted a sabbatical to Associate Professor of Mathematics Oscar Neal for the fall 2012 semester. 

Sabbaticals, which can be granted for a semester or a year, are chosen annually by a sub-committee of the college’s Academic Governing Council.   They are used to acquire more knowledge through educational research or projects that will ultimately benefit both the recipients and the college.

“We are pleased to support Associate Professor Neal and the goals he has outlined for his sabbatical,” said GRCC Provost Dr. Gilda Gely.   “Everyone will benefit through the additional knowledge and application for our students, faculty members, and the college as a whole - that he will provide upon his return.”

According to Neal’s sabbatical application, he will use this time away from the college to complete his dissertation in Intellectual Capital for his doctorate at Western Michigan University.  “Arguably, the most valuable resources at any college are its faculty and staff, that is, its intellectual capital,” stated Neal in his application.  “Therefore, my further understanding of intellectual capital and personal increase in human capital will be an asset to our students, faculty and staff at the college.” Neal started at GRCC as an adjunct professor in 2001, then became a full time faculty in Fall Semester, 2006.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.