Action 3.1.1: Strive for a healthy balance of research faculty at all ranks of tenure and promotion.
Action 3.1.2: Establish research productivity metrics at the unit level that reflect discipline-specific standards and current and future funding opportunities.
Action 3.1.3: Launch pilot research mentoring program at the college level and support departments in establishing unit-level mentoring programs that will guide new investigators and other faculty in setting and meeting their research productivity and funding goals as well as the standards of tenure and promotion.
Action 3.1.4: Create a college development plan that prioritizes the establishment of endowed professorships and chairs and will raise funds that support faculty research initiatives.
Action 3.2.1: Incentivize grant applications through seed funding or course releases. Assess the return-on-investment of seed research programs.
Action 3.2.2: Develop college-wide strategy to enable faculty to take advantage of the diversity of available funding streams, including individual PI grants, multi-investigator grants, program projects, team awards, center grants, instrumentation grants, research fellowships, external contracts, corporate funding, and commercialization of translational research.
Action 3.2.3: Develop a strategy to provide grant-writing support. Connect faculty and students with internal and external experts to help review and focus grant applications; assemble mock review panels at various levels.
Action 3.2.4: Pursue systematic approach for successful nomination of faculty for national honorific awards and recognitions.
Action 3.3.1: Hire a College Grants Officer to enhance and professionalize research administration; assess the number of grants and contracts staff that are needed.
Action 3.3.2: Develop and maintain databases that archive and track external grant and fellowship applications, successful grant and fellowship awards including multi-investigator team grants, and names of faculty who have served as grant or fellowship reviewers.
Action 3.3.3: Optimize use of available research space on a per-need basis; facilitate the use of shared research space within and across departments and the college.
Action 3.4.1: Leverage university-wide initiatives (e.g., Next Generation) in order to enhance and expand current college strengths and specific areas of research focus. Coordinate submission of multidisciplinary applications. Develop new research themes that take advantage of our strengths and prepare us for future growth.
Action 3.4.2: Create a Humanities Research Center at the college level that will showcase the college’s best humanities research and scholarship, build a cohesive research community in the humanities, encourage growth in humanistic research, encourage growth in grant applications in the humanities, and attract foundation support.
Action 3.4.3: Develop and disseminate effective internal and external communication about faculty and student scholarship via social media, dean’s newsletter, collaborative seminars, visiting scholars, public scholarship, and other means.