University Research Council

Function:
The University Research Council (URC) has been established to provide input to the Vice President for Research (VPR) on strategic issues related to research and scholarship activity. Although the URC is not directly involved in policy making, it is expected to provide recommendations to the VPR on short-term and long-term research priorities, as well as on such topics as indirect cost recovery; research faculty; postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate research activities; intellectual property and technology transfer; Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; and publicizing research successes.
The URC has a strong interest in evaluation, which is involved in planning exercises as well as in evaluating the effectiveness of programs and related policies.

Membership:
Faculty Senate, Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee
Maine Business School (2 members)
College of Education and Human Development (2 members)
College of Engineering (3 members)
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (4 members)
College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture (5 members)
Cooperative Extension
Deans/Associate Deans (2 members)
Research Centers and Institutes (4 members)
Research Administrator for EPSCoR
Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies & Senior Associate Dean
Dean of Libraries
Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research
Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Graduate Student
Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development
Assistant Vice President for Research

Current members:
Scott Johnson, Professor of Structure Geology and Tectonics, Co-Chair Faculty Senate Research and Scholarship Committee
Mauricio Pereira da Cunha, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Co-Chair Faculty Senate Research and Scholarship Committee
Niclas Erhardt, Associate Professor of Human Resources
Ebru Ulusoy, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Catharine Biddle, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Craig Mason, Professor of Education and Applied Quantitative Methods
Jean MacRae, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Douglas Bousfield, Professor of Chemical Engineering
Mohsen Shahinpoor, Richard C. Hill Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Beard, Professor of Spatial Information Science and Engineering
Carla Billitteri, Associate Professor of English
Mark Brewer, Professor of Political Science
Natasha Speer, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
Kathleen Bell, Professor of Resources Economics and Policy
Fei Chai, Professor of Oceanography
Doug Gardner, Professor of Forest Operations, Bioproducts, and Bioenergy
Lenard Kaye, Professor of Social Work
Jasmine Saros, Professor of Quaternary Paleoecology
Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor
Scott Delcourt, Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies & Senior Associate Dean
Mary Mahoney-O’Neill, Associate Dean for Academic Services, COEHD
David Hart, Director, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental & Watershed   Research
Paul Mayewski, Professor of Climate Change Institute and Geological SciencesRobert Wagner, Professor of Forest Ecosystem Science
Hemant Pendse, Professor of Chemical Engineering
Shane Moeykens, Director of Research Administration and EPSCoR
Scott Delcourt, Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies & Senior Associate Dean
Joyce Rumery, Dean of Libraries
Ali Abedi, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Michael Hastings, Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Jeffrey Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost
Jeffrey St. John, Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Erin Carter, Graduate Student
Jake Ward, Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development
David Neivandt, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

Reports to: Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School