Faculty Research FY2015

Faculty Research FY2015


Faculty Research


Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate


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.


Chair: Larry Hoyle, Institute for Policy & Social Research, (2015)
Yo Jackson, Applied Behavioral Sciences, (2017)
Atanas Stefanov, Mathematics, (2017)
Catherine Preston, Film and Media Studies (2015)
Yvonnes Chen, Journalism (2017)
Derek D. Reed, Applied Behavioral Science (2015)
Jeffrey Krise, Pharmaceutical Chemistry (2015)
Dean Williams, Bureau of Child Research, (2015)
Barbara Phipps, Curriculum & Teaching, (2015)
Dan Spencer, Business (2016)
Belinda Sturm, Civil/Environ/Arch Engineering (2016)
Mahbub, Rashid, Architecture, Design & Planning (2016)
Mary Lee Hummert, Interim, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies
Ex-officio: Rodolfo Torres, Associate Vice Chancellor, KUCR
TBD, Graduate Student Representative,


Approved by FacEx:  June 3, 2014
Approved by Faculty Senate: September 11, 2014

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacExto discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Jim Carothers at jbc@ku.edu.
  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as soon 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 03/31/15 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. Please include the names of committee members and submit the report by April 1, 2015. If the committee still expects to conduct business after April 1, please submit a report by April 1 and later submit any addenda that may be appropriate.

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 03/05/15.(FY2016 3 year GRP ew).
  2. Monitor the execution of the University’s Restricted Research Policy (Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations, Article IX) in handling requests for exceptions. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Continue to consider issues related to the use of current systems for external evaluations of the University and internal research evaluations for departments, programs, and faculty.  Explore how these metrics are impacting faculty research, research opportunities and the understanding of faculty research profiles.
  2. Consider the usefulness, challenges, and other issues relevant to:
    1. How the Provost’s Office uses Academic Analytics (AA) to compare units across campus (e.g., in relation to budgets);
    2. How deans use AA to compare to peers and across campus;
    3. How AA may be used as part of review processes, in particular post-tenue review;
    4. How AA is used for funding opportunities; and
    5. how useful AA is for research centers (e.g., for cross-disciplinary work).
  3. Review standing charges and recommend modifications. 
  4. Report to FacEx by; February 1, 2015.