Academical Village Inspires Idea Exchange


Through a student-faculty ratio of seven to one and small classes, the Darden School of Business encourages direct and personal contact between faculty and students.

To bring students and faculty even closer together this school year for an exchange of ideas and thought leadership, Darden has launched a new program called “Darden’s Academical Village.”

Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and five of Darden’s Centers of Excellence (The Batten Institute, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, Tayloe Murphy International and Tayloe Murphy Virginia), and led by Darden’s Associate Dean for Faculty Research Susan Chaplinsky, the program will offer multiple opportunities throughout the school year for students and faculty to meet and discuss research topics, such as innovation and entrepreneurship, globalization, ethics and economic development in emerging markets.

“We chose the name ‘Darden’s Academical Village’ to convey a sense of faculty-student community around the exchange of ideas,” said Chaplinsky.

At “Faculty Lunches,” professors will share their in-depth knowledge of a particular topic with students over lunch. Informal, monthly “Fireside Chats” will bring together students and faculty to make the connection between the world of research and the curricula delivered to the classroom. As for “Unsolved Business Mysteries,” it is the students who will select the faculty members and the topic – an enigmatic business idea that is currently under debate.

At a cold call last evening, the directors of the Centers for Excellence briefly introduced themselves and their mission — and all encouraged students to stop by and share their ideas.

“We hope to make the ‘Academical Village’ a special event for students centered on what draws us all to a community of learning,” said Chaplinsky.

Founded in 1955, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is a professional school that improves society by developing principled leaders for the world of practical affairs.

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