Goal 1: Research

Microscope iconLead: Renny Christopher, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Advance excellence in research and creativity consistent with the university's strategic missions and grand challenges.

Objectives

Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education

Increase scholarly productivity at the campus, department and individual levels consistent with the WSU aspiration to advance into the ranks of the top 25 public research universities by 2030.

Increase campus research capacity through consistent year-over-year growth in research funding awards per capita and through diversification of funding sources.

Incubate new flagship research initiatives focused on areas of cross-disciplinary research leading to the creation of at least one center.

Increase graduate students' productivity and professional development.

Strategies

Productivity

  1. Develop and enhance the physical and technological infrastructure to support increased research and creative activities across all disciplines.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education
  2. Build faculty experts network to create peer-to-peer support and mentoring for research.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education
  3. Actively build awareness and impact of our scholarly work through increased research communication.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education
  4. Leverage our relationships across WSU to cultivate new mutually beneficial partnerships that extend faculty expertise and access to technology/equipment.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education

Funding

  1. Enhance funding, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for pre-tenure faculty.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education
  2. Enhance administrative infrastructure to support grants and contracts procurement and management consistent with recommendations contained in the Research Advisory Council Plan.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education
  3. Cultivate funding for faculty fellowships and endowed chairs to support highering and retaining senior faculty.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education, and Jennifer Miltenberger, Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Cross-disciplinary research and collaboration

  1. Increase the percentage of faculty hiring driven by research clusters to support the growth of nationally recognized programs.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education
  2. Foster greater research collaboration across disciplines
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education

Graduate education

  1. Expand graduate student enrollment in research areas to achieve critical mass.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education
  2. Grow the number of graduate student research awards and fellowships.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education, and Jennifer Miltenberger, Director of Development and Alumni Relations
  3. Provide professional development support to research-oriented graduate students.
    Lead: Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education

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