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:
Debbie Saber, Assistant Professor of Nursing, 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
Henri Akono, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Sebastian Lobe, Assistant Professor of Finance
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
Carl Tripp, Professor of Chemistry
Emily Haddad, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Shannon McCoy, Associate Professor of Psychology
Mark Brewer, Professor of Political Science
Scott Delcourt, Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies & Senior Associate Dean
Hemant Pendse, Professor of Chemical Engineering
Shane Moeykens, Director of Research Administration and EPSCoR
Timothy Cole, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Yong Chen, Professor for Fisheries Population Dynamics
Rebecca Van Beneden, Director of the School of Marine Sciences
Eric Gallandt, Professor of Weed Ecology and Management
Ivan Fernandez, Professor of Soil Science and Forest Resources
Rob Wheeler, Associate Professor of Microbiology
Ellen Mallory, Associate Extension Professor
Justin Dimmel, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education and Instructional Technology
Deborah Rollins, Head Collection Services Department Librarian
Jason Charland, Director of Grand Development
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
Jake Ward, Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development
David Neivandt, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
Kody Varahramyan, Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School
Bradfield Lyon, Climate Change Institute

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