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University Research Committee

The University Research Committee is the faculty’s voice to the research administration.

Who We Are

North Carolina State University’s University Research Committee (URC) is the faculty’s voice to the research administration. The faculty body is comprised of individuals who have active research programs and who have been appointed by their College’s Associate Dean for Research. 

The URC champions the progression of NC State research through evaluating and advising on research-related issues while simultaneously helping to identify emerging areas of interest or concern affecting faculty engaged in research. It is the intention of the URC to be a forum of discussion for research inquiries faculty have and liaise with the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) for potential solutions.

Mission

To provide a faculty perspective on matters of research direction and administration, to identify and make recommendations on research infrastructure and administration topics that are integral to faculty research productivity, and to serve as a communication liaison between the university faculty and ORI.

Charge

The responsibilities of the URC are to advise the Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research and Innovation and to:

  • Encourage and support the intellectual and research interests of the faculty;
  • Evaluate and advise on research and administration policies and procedures and promote their continuous improvement;
  • Evaluate and advise on consulting policies and practices and promote their continuous improvement;
  • Inform the faculty on the availability of support for research and professional development, and to assist as it can in securing such support; and
  • Recommend to the Vice Chancellor the allocations to be made from the Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) Program.

Role, Time Commitment and Appointments

  • Role Expectation
    • Coordinate with the faculty representative from your College to ensure a minimum of one of you is able to attend at least 80% of the URC meetings,
    • Share resources and updates from ORI and research partners  to your College, 
    • Evaluate and advise on research-related topics, 
    • Provide regular updates from your College to the URC, and
    • Vote in polls and participate in surveys both during the meeting and when asked via email after meetings.
  • Time Commitment
    • 1.5 hours per month for 10 months of the year to attend URC meetings (hybrid).
    • Additional time spent within your College sharing research updates and gathering questions/concerns to be brought back to a future URC meeting. 
    • Additional representation at events as requested.
  • Appointment
    • Appointments to the University Research Committee are managed at the college level. The Associate Dean for Research for each College has the authority to select two representatives to serve on this committee.
  • Role Expectation
    • Attend a minimum of 80% of the URC meetings,
    • Share resources and updates from your unit,
    • Answer questions URC members have that concern your area of expertise, and 
    • Bring questions or areas of concern raised during a URC meeting back to your group/unit.
  • Time Commitment
    • 1.5 hours per month for 10 months of the year to attend URC meetings.
    • Additional time spent within your group/unit bringing concerns to the attention of the appropriate team.
  • Appointment
    • Ex-officio members are provided appointments by virtue of another position.
    • Appointments are regularly reviewed by ORI staff with adjustments made to the number of appointees and the departments/units represented.

Leadership

  • Chair: Lucian Lucia, Professor, Forest Biomaterials and Chemistry, CNR
  • Chair-Elect: Susana Milla-Lewis, Associate Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences, CALS
  • Communications Manager: Sofia Colón, Office of Research and Innovation

  • Ronald Baynes, Professor, Population Health and Pathobiology, CVM
  • Cesar Delgado, Associate Professor, STEM Education, CED
  • Kathie Dello, Director, North Carolina State Climate Office, COS
  • Huiling Ding, Professor, English, CHASS
  • Mary Elting, Assistant Professor, Physics, COS
  • Tim Kraft, Associate Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management, PCOM
  • Warren Jasper, Professor, Textile Engineering, Chemistry, WCOT
  • Gail Jones, Professor, STEM Education, CED
  • Lincoln Larson, Associate Professor, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, CNR
  • Deb Littlejohn, Associate Professor, Graphic and Industrial Design, COD
  • Ricardo Maggi, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, CVM
  • Kavita Mathur, Associate Professor, Textile and Apparel, Technology, WCOT
  • Roger Narayan, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, COE
  • Omer Oralkan, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, COE
  • Don Pagach, Professor, Accounting, PCOM
  • Gavin Smith, Professor, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, COD
  • Anna Whitfield, Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, CALS
  • Laura Widman, Associate Professor, Psychology, CHASS
  • Ruben Carbonell, Director, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science, Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering, COE
  • Wade Fulghum, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research Commercialization, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Genevieve Garland, Associate Vice Chancellor, Research Operations and Communications, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Kimberly Grainger, Associate Vice Provost, Academic Personnel and Policy, Provost
  • Jennifer Halbleib, Research Planning Manager, Research Development Office, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Peter Harries, Senior Associate Dean, The Graduate School
  • Jon Horowitz, Associate Vice Chancellor, Research Infrastructure, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Laura Kroeger, Research Program Specialist, Research Operations, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Mary Millsaps, Director, Research Integrity Officer, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Barbara Moses, Associate Vice Chancellor, Budget and Resource Management
  • Harry Perros, Faculty Senate Representative, Computer Science, COE
  • Matt Peterson, Director, Federal Research Affairs, Office of External Affairs, Partnerships, and Economic Development
  • Pradip Pramanik, Director, Proposal Development Unit, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Sherrie Settle, Associate Vice Chancellor, Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Missy Thomas, RSC Rep – Research Administration, Office of Research and Engagement/Office of Research and Innovation
  • Justo Torres, Director, Contracts, and Grants
  • Mladen Vouk, Vice Chancellor, Office of Research and Innovation