April 27, 2020Print | PDF
Emmanuel Songsore has a bright, infectious smile. In his role as a research facilitator at Wilfrid Laurier University, nothing brings that smile to his face quicker than seeing his colleagues succeed.
“The most satisfying part of my job is seeing faculty successfully secure research funding,” says Songsore. “I never want to see someone denied funding, but it is rewarding when a faculty member remains persistent after an unsuccessful attempt and their endurance finally pays off.”
By matching researchers with appropriate funding opportunities, helping faculty strategically envision long-term research programs and handling many administrative tasks, Songsore helps Laurier faculty thrive in a competitive research funding environment. His position is supported in part by the Government of Canada’s Research Support Fund.
“I enjoy helping faculty members strengthen their applications through brainstorming and providing rigorous feedback on proposals,” he says. “I remind those reapplying that unsuccessful applications are not necessarily bad applications and we work collaboratively to strengthen them.”
That type of collaboration is what appealed to Songsore when he joined the Office of Research Services in January 2019. A self-described “people person,” he was drawn to Laurier by the promise of a small institutional setting and a tight-knit academic community.
“I like to build relationships with the people I work with,” says Songsore. “I believe that in professional settings, a sense of community helps everyone thrive in their respective roles. I always remind faculty that we are on the same team, especially when providing feedback on their applications or when having difficult conversations to determine the best course of action.”
Songsore came to Canada from Ghana in 2009 to pursue master’s and PhD degrees at Western University. Throughout his graduate education, he was engaged in collaborative research across disciplines, including geography (his primary discipline), media studies, engineering and statistics. Those experiences helped him hone his collaborative skills, as did his time as an educational developer at Western University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning.
“These skills have proven valuable in my current role,” says Songsore. “I love my job at Laurier because it affords me the opportunity to keep my hands in multiple disciplines and form mutual learning relationships with faculty.”
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