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Faculty Research FY2017

Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate
Faculty Research
Description: 

This committee monitors and communicates with administration personnel and governance bodies concerning support for and policies concerning faculty research activities, including the allocation of GRF funds, the implementation of the restricted research policy, and other issues affecting the research environment at KU.

Membership: Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; twelve members of the Faculty serving staggered three-year terms, with not more than one member of any department; one graduate student member elected by the Executive Committee of the Graduate Student Council, who shall participate only in the policy-making functions of the committee; and the Associate Vice Provost for Research who shall be a non‑voting member and who shall serve as secretary of the committee.

Members: 

Chair: Alexander Moise, Pharmacology & Toxicology (2018)
Nyla Branscombe, Psychology, (2018)
Ron Hui, EECS, (2018)
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Math (2018)
Yo Jackson, Applied Behavioral Sciences, (2017)
Atanas Stefanov, Mathematics, (2017)
Yvonnes Chen, Journalism (2017)
Ivana Radovanovic, Anthropology (2019)
James Thorp, Kansas Biological Survey (2019)
Yan Bing Zhang, Communication Studies (2019)
John Keating, Economics (2019)
Diane Fourny, Humanities (2019)
James W. Tracey, Vice Chancellor for Research
Ex-officio: Rodolfo Torres, Associate Vice Chancellor Research
Graduate Student Representative:Brent Lee

Charges: 

FY2017 RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Approved by FacEx: June 1, 2016
Approved by Faculty Senate: September 8, 2016

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx  to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Pam Keller at pkeller@ku.edu.
  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 7, 2017 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 14, 2017.

Standing Charges:

  1. Monitor the administration of the General Research Fund (GRF) and make recommendations, as needed, to ensure its effectiveness and appropriate utilization. Report to FacEx concerning actions taken with respect to this charge by 03/05/19.  (FY2019 3 year GRF Review). 
  1. Monitor the execution of the University’s Restricted Research Policy (Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations, Article IX) in handling requests for exceptions.
  1. Serve as the body to hear faculty appeals of research rejected by the restricted research committee or by the Vice Provost for Research, as specified in the Restricted Research Policy.
  1. Monitor the implementation of policies and procedures for determining which proposals will go forward in cases where the number of grant applications that may be submitted from the University is limited.  Identify problems or concerns, and report issues and recommendations to FacEx.
  1. Continue working with the ACEC (Academic Computing and Electronic Communications) Committee to process needs for and issues with computing and telecommunications for research, including recommendations for sustainable policies and procedures and monitoring ongoing and new developments in IT. Report issues and recommendations to FacEx as needed.

Specific charges:  

  1. Determine a method for GRF allocations that helps overcome a perception of disparity among units, that enhances a more effective way to use the fund, and that is more dynamic and responsive to changing disciplinary research contexts within and outside the University.
  1. Investigate and report on the extent to which the University is using Academic Analytics to gather data or evaluate departments, programs, or faculty.  Explore how these metrics are impacting faculty research, research opportunities, or the understanding of faculty research profiles at KU. Research and report on publically available information about other institutions’ experience with Academic Analytics.
  2. Revise the 2016 committee’s survey questionnaire for evaluating PRO to include Libraries as an academic unit. Consider whether to revise the survey to include questions about the use of Academic Analytics or other internal or external systems for evaluating faculty research. After revision, use the questionnaire to collect data for FY 2016-17.
  1. Investigate and report on how entrepreneurship activities are used in evaluating faculty productivity in each academic unit. Consider whether unit policies are broad enough to include, not only faculty who create businesses or patents, but also those who provide services. Provide a report and make recommendations regarding how evaluation processes might be improved in the future.

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