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Advisory Committee Connects Faculty to the Research Office

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has a wonderful ally in the University Research Advisory Committee (URAC). Established in 2010, the URAC acts as a liaison between ORSP and the faculty, providing a forum for exchange of college-specific or Principal Investigator (PI)-specific issues that can be brought to the administration's attention. With representation from each of the major academic campus units, the members disseminate information from ORSP to their constituents, and provide input as to the overall research agenda of the University.

"This body allows for input from college representatives on important policies and procedures regarding RSCA, R&D, and ORSP sponsored awards and grants," said CLA representative Kim Vu (Psychology). "It creates a network between colleagues from other colleges to gain insight into the varied research agendas and potential interdisciplinary opportunities for both faculty and students."

"The ability to collaborate with colleagues from the other colleges and ORSP has been invaluable," said Tracey Mayfield, associate dean in the Library and a member since URAC's inception. "It has raised our individual and collective level of research both internally and externally with cross department and college partnerships. It has exponentially raised my personal level of understanding of the importance of and inner workings of ORSP."

Your URAC representatives for 2015-16 include:

  • Robert Chi, Associate Dean for Accreditation, CBA
  • Tom O'Brien Executive Director of Research, Center for International Trade &
    Transportation, CCPE
  • Laura Portnoi, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, CED
  • Gail Farmer, Associate Dean for Research, CHHS
  • Kim Vu, Director for Research, CLA
  • Dessie Underwood, Interim Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, CNSM
  • Hamid Rahai, Associate Dean for Research & Development, COE
  • Margaret Black, Associate Dean, COTA
  • Tracey Mayfield, Associate Dean, ULIB
  • Charity Bowles, Executive Director, Educational Equity Services, Division of Student Affairs

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