Strategic Initiative Task Force on Research and Creative Excellence

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Charge

Articulate priorities for enhancing areas of excellence in research, scholarship and creative work at The University of Iowa. Make recommendations on the broad interdisciplinary themes that will distinguish the University in the years ahead.

Issues to address may include:

  • Identify the 5 to 10 areas of research, scholarship, and creative activities in which UI can achieve eminence given current resources and realistic enhancements and/or reinvestments. One area will be sustainability. Do these areas fit with external funding priorities and philanthropic opportunities? Is there a critical mass of faculty and supporting resources in these areas? Identify strategies for successful cluster hiring.
  • What’s the existing and future infrastructure (including IT) needed to support high priority research, scholarship and creative activities? In what ways can the re-conceptualization and rebuilding of the arts campus support high priority scholarship and creative activities?
  • What are the barriers to multi- and inter-disciplinary collaborations and how can they be lowered or removed? What factors have been identified as beneficial to those high quality inter-disciplinary collaborations that already exist on campus? Develop implementation plans for the recent Apicella report and Grassian report.
  • How to incentivize faculty to seek increased extramural support for their research, scholarship and creative activities?
  • How to encourage and support research, scholarship, and creative activities related to economic development and community engagement for the State of Iowa and its citizens?

Membership

  • Chair: Michael Cohen, professor, pathology
  • Vice chair: Kate Gfeller, professor, School of Music and communication sciences and disorders
  • Matt Brown, associate professor, English
  • Greg Carmichael, associate dean, College of Engineering
  • Alan Christensen, professor, psychology
  • Mary K. (Kathleen) Clark, professor, nursing
  • David DePew, professor, communication studies
  • Vicki Grassian, professor, chemistry
  • Sara Mitchell, associate professor, political science
  • Jeff Murray, professor, pediatrics
  • Cheryl Reardon, assistant vice president, research administration
  • Robyn Schiff, associate professor, English
  • Clark Stanford, associate dean, College of Dentistry
  • Peter Thorne, professor, occupational & environmental health
  • Ex officio: Barbara Eckstein, associate provost for academic administration (through 2009)
  • Ex officio: Tom Rice, associate provost for faculty (beginning 2010)

Contact

Michael Cohen, chair

Updates

Open Forums--Strategic Initiatives Task Force on Research and Creative Excellence

The Provost has created six task forces to help identify Strategic Initiatives. The charge to the Task Force on Research and Creative Excellence is to "Articulate priorities for enhancing areas of excellence in research, scholarship and creative work at The University of Iowa and make recommendations on the broad interdisciplinary themes that will distinguish the University in the years ahead." The task force has been gathering input regarding possible areas of focus and infrastructure-related changes that would help make these areas successful. We have scheduled two open forums to provide a brief overview of our work to date, solicit feedback, and respond to questions.

November 5, 4:15-5:15 pm, Urmila Sahai Seminar Room, 2117 MERF

November 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, Old Capitol Senate Chambers

The task force looks forward to your participation in one of these forums.

Michael Cohen and Kate Gfeller, Co-Chairs Strategic Initiatives Task Force on Research and Creative Excellence

Summer 2009:

The Strategic Initiative Task Force on Research and Creative Excellence first responded to the Provost's call for stimulus money (ARRA) proposals. After collecting a range of ideas, the committee winnowed its proposals to two:

  • Space for an interdisciplinary incubator for new ideas
  • Key new equipment for the sciences, technology, and digital humanities to better enable research and creative production

Subsequently, the Committee has turned to its core work, strategic planning. Vicki Grassian, Professor of Chemistry, provided the committee a summary of the 2006 report on interdisciplinary teaching and research and creative production, the results of a committee she had chaired. The committee also began a discussion of principles guiding the selection of programs to feature at this juncture in global history and in the development of the University of Iowa in particular. The committee preliminarily discussed some examples of programs as a means to better articulate principles of selection.

The committee next expects to hear from Mike Apicella, Professor of Microbiology, and the chair of a 2007 report on interdisciplinary work. It will then continue its discussion of principles of selection.


Updated March 5, 2010