Ad-hoc Committee on Advising Research, Scholarship, and Economic Development

Ad Hoc Committee on Advising Research, Scholarship, and Economic Development

Clark Peters, Chair
MU Faculty Council on University Policy
September 21, 2019

As a Research I institution engaged in the highest levels of scholarly activity, making scientific, intellectual, and artistic contributions to our respective fields has always been a defining characteristic of the University of Missouri. Our 2018 Strategic Plan, Flagship for the Future, identifies “Excellence in Research and Creative Works” as one of its five core elements and sets an expectation of doubling research expenditures across disciplines. While teaching and supervising students tends to split faculty time with research (broadly defined), scholarly production plays a central role in promotion and tenure decisions.

Despite the importance of research to MU’s mission, and despite the abundant campus standing committees involving faculty, no assigned body has the dedicated responsibility to ensure shared governance in identifying strategy or investment priorities regarding research. The urgency of faculty involvement has never been higher, given continuing budgetary pressures, the current strategic plan, and MU’s new fiscal model. Our obligation to be prudent stewards of public investment dollars comes with a responsibility to honor our Land Grant mission and apply research to contribute to economic develop across Missouri. To identify the best way to ensure shared governance in these matters, the Chair of MU Faculty Council for University Policy creates the Ad Hoc Committee on Advising Research, Scholarship, and Economic Development (CARSED).

The charge of the committee is simply stated: Identify the optimal way for faculty to be involved in key research-related decisions. I ask that the committee, in the course of its deliberations, consider relevant models of peer institutions and consult broadly with the University community. In its final report, the Ad Hoc Committee should identify key challenges and barriers it found and propose a feasible model for guiding decisions on research, scholarship, and economic development in a way that honors the principles of shared governance.

The Ad Hoc Committee should present its report to the Faculty Council, which will discuss its recommendations in a meeting open to all faculty. It is expected that the committee will be able to submit a brief report with its recommendation by the end of November, though the committee charge will continue until February 2020, unless extended by the Faculty Council chair.

Ad Hoc Committee on Advising Research, Scholarship, and Economic Development:

  • Chair, John Middleton (Veterinary Medicine and Vice Chair of MU’s Faculty Council)
  • David Singh (Physics and Astronomy)
  • April Langley (English)
  • Zandra De Araujo (Education)
  • John Gahl (Engineering)