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A Global Mapping International Newsletter Winter/Spring 1999


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GMI Research Fellow Program Established

The GMI Research Fellow program has been instituted to provide a formal affiliation between Global Mapping International and recognized scholars pursuing research in areas central to the GMI mission. Members of the program are given the title Senior Research Fellow or Research Fellow, depending on the academic level and the extent of ongoing commitment to GMI and its mission. In addition, doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research central to GMI and its mission can be appointed as GMI Doctoral Research Fellows.

Scholars appointed to GMI Senior Research Fellow positions are appointed for an indefinite term; the program is designed to cultivate long term relationships between GMI and the academic community. Scholars appointed to GMI Research Fellow positions are appointed for a fixed term, generally one to two years, with the possibility of reappointment.

Senior Research Fellows are principal investigators on ongoing projects performed in affiliation with GMI staff and other members of the Research Fellows program. Normally, Senior Research Fellows are of the level of a University Full Professor and have demonstrated successful research in an academic arena. Senior Research Fellows bring additional academic input to GMI's ongoing research and development, and can act as consultants to GMI staff in the Fellow's areas of expertise.

Research Fellows provide a supporting role to ongoing GMI projects in which the lead roles are filled by GMI staff and Senior Research Fellows. While Research Fellows are normally junior faculty members at the University level, scholars from a wide range of backgrounds pursuing research of particular interest to GMI and its mission can be appointed to this position. Research Fellow positions are especially designed for academics wishing to spend a sabbatical term working with GMI staff on projects of mutual interest.


Dr. G. Michael Phillips Appointed as Senior Research Fellow

GMI is pleased to announce the appointment of its first Senior Research Fellow, Prof. G. Michael Phillips. Formerly a member of the GMI Board and GMI Secretary, Dr. Phillips is Professor of Finance at the School of Business and Economics, California State University, Northridge. Dr. Phillips is an econometrician, specializing in the modeling of complicated social structures using mathematical and statistical methods. During the past twenty years, he has acted as a consultant to numerous organizations including many of the Fortune 100 companies, Compassion International, and Wycliffe Bible Translators. He is a member of Sierra Madre Congregational Church in Sierra Madre, California. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Marlene, and their two daughters Lynn and Christy.

Besides providing ongoing consultation to GMI, Dr. Phillips is initially working on two projects as a Senior Research Fellow. The first, an analysis of "Best Practices" in the presentation and interpretation of data for missions decision makers, is aimed at producing a series of monographs called "Mapping the Millennium" (see page 8). He is working closely with GMI President Michael O'Rear and GMI staff in this project.

The second project, a joint effort between GMI and World Evangelical Fellowship, is a cooperative project led by Dr. Phillips and WEF North American Director Dwight Gibson. In the initial stages, a variety of sophisticated statistical benchmarks are being created to assist in "outcomes" measurement for missions. This project allows GMI's database and mapping expertise to provide significant support to World Evangelical Fellowship's work in helping local churches assess their impact in their communities and then together look at the churches of a nation and their impact on the total nation. The study will be done looking at the role that the transforming gospel has in impacting economic sufficiency, justice, righteousness and peace in communities and nations.


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