New Model Designed to Promote Collaboration and Communications
In recognition of the University-wide efforts that some of our academic administrators are undertaking, the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs and Research are testing out a new model intended to promote improved collaboration and communication on campus.
For the 2016-17 academic year, Jason Carter (KIP) will continue to serve as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology while also serving as assistant to the Vice President for Research for Research Development.
In addition, Adrienne Minerick will continue in her position as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering and will also serve as Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development.
This new model will allow the University to make the best possible use of personnel in administrative positions while supporting the efforts of those individuals who choose to take on increased responsibility.
Carter will work with the Research Development Office and the Vice President for Research Office to increase the effectiveness of faculty workshops on aspects of the research funding process. In addition, he will work with faculty individually and will also support the Research Excellence Fund and Research Award programs.
Many of these activities extend efforts he has been involved with as Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Arts to support the entire campus community.
College of Sciences and Arts Dean Bruce Seely added, “I am glad that Jason will have the opportunity to continue to strengthen the university faculty’s research endeavors, building on his recent efforts supporting development of work in the life sciences and human health. In his new role, Jason will focus on strengthening faculty research proposal more generally; he also will spend time on the core facilities and on the REF process. As always, Jason’s energy is remarkable.”
Minerick will continue to collaborate with others from across campus to promote professional development and career success among early- to mid-career faculty.
“The change in title makes it clear that Dr. Minerick’s activities are intended to support the success of faculty from across the campus, as opposed to just within the College of Engineering,” stated Provost Jacqueline Huntoon.
“Dr. Minerick will be doing many of the same things that she has been doing for several years and this change in title will make it clear to new faculty that her efforts have support at the highest levels within the University.” Dean of Engineering, Wayne Pennington, said, “I am pleased that Dr. Minerick will receive University recognition for the work that she is doing for the greater institution. She has the vision and ability to execute large-scale initiatives for the benefit of current and future Michigan Tech faculty across campus.”
Carter and Minerick will assume their expanded titles Friday.
This new model for collaboration is an outgrowth of the Faculty Fellow program initiated by the Vice President for Research in 2014. To date, eight Fellows have served the University, and Brian Barkdoll (CEE) Paul Bergstrom (ECE) will serve as Fellows during the 2016-17 academic year.
The Faculty Fellow program was designed to give interested faculty members the opportunity to gain experience with University administration, particularly in the areas of: sponsored programs; economic development and technology commercialization; strategic planning and budget; and compliance, integrity and safety.
Minerick served as a Fellow for Strategic Planning during the 2015 fiscal year. Carter began his work with the Vice President for Research Office prior to the advent of the Faculty Fellow program when he began serving in 2011 as a Michigan Tech Faculty Representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership (an organization designed to redefine the government and university research partnership).
Carter currently remains a member of the Federal Demonstration Partnership.