Office of Research
University Research Advisory Committee
Complete Procedures Document
PURPOSE AND SCOPE – The University Research Advisory Committee advises the President and President’s cabinet members on strategies to stimulate growth in scholastic and externally funded research and innovative/creative activities within the university community. The Committee advises on the development of a comprehensive structure and network of programs to foster these activities in support of all four strategic goals set forth in the University's "Tech Tomorrow" strategic plan with the following objectives as deemed necessary by the committee:
- O1: Expand scholastic and externally funded research
- O2: Support faculty collaboration (both internal and external) and development
- O3: Promote cross-disciplinary and integrated programs and scholarship
- O4: Foster undergraduate research
- O5: Advocate for research related faculty and staff positions
- O6: Review and evaluate administrative processes related to research
- O7: Support technological and research related entrepreneurship
The Committee reports directly to either the Academic Council or Administrative Council, or both, depending on the matter at hand. In carrying out its function the Committee will:
- Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges to research growth and externally funded scholarly activities at TTU;
- Identify emerging research opportunities anticipated across the academic disciplines;
- Make recommendations regarding intellectual and infrastructure needs required to capitalize on major research opportunities;
- Develop plans and make recommendations for accessing, supporting and sustaining existing and emerging research thrust areas;
- Review current practices in research administration and recommend strategies to foster research growth; and
- Make recommendations regarding the commercialization of research and intellectual property issues.
- Committee Members
Name Classification Campus Box No. Term Expires Dr. Michael Adduci Faculty 5045 firstname.lastname@example.org 2020 Dr. Satish Mahajan Administrative 5004 email@example.com 2021 Dr. Jason Beach Faculty 5042 firstname.lastname@example.org 2021 Dr. Steven Anton Faculty 5014 email@example.com 2021 Dr. Sheikh Ghafoor Faculty 5101 firstname.lastname@example.org 2020 Dr. Hayden Mattingly Faculty 5152 email@example.com 2020 Dr. Adam Holley Faculty 5051 firstname.lastname@example.org 2022 Dr. Deborah (Debbie) Barnard Faculty 5061 email@example.com 2020 Dr. Ramchandran Natarajan Faculty 5022 firstname.lastname@example.org 2021 Dr. Shelia Hurley Faculty 5001 email@example.com 2022 Dr. Brian Leckie Faculty 5034 firstname.lastname@example.org 2021 Dr. Jeff Boles Faculty 5055 email@example.com 2022 Dr. Mark Stephens Administrative 5136 firstname.lastname@example.org 2021 Ms. Kayla Sims Graduate Student email@example.com 2020 Mr. Craig Harrison Undergraduate Student firstname.lastname@example.org 2020 Executive Officer to Provide Staff Support Services: Dr. Francis Otuonye, Interim VP for Research and Economic Development Nonvoting Resource Persons: Mr. Greg Holt, Dr. Terry Saltsman, Ms. Deborah Gernt
Please visit our SharePoint site for copies of URAC minutes. Note: You must use your Tennessee Tech credentials to log into that page.
- Scholastic Research Award
Tennessee Tech University Annual Scholastic Research Award
presented by the University Research Advisory Committee
The Annual Scholastic Research Award is a university-wide award for a single, significant and innovative work produced, published, performed or exhibited during the preceding calendar year (January 1 – December 31).
Applications are open to all tenure-track or tenured faculty, with one award reserved for tenure-track faculty and one award reserved for tenured faculty, for a total of two awards. Each awardee will receive a monetary prize in the amount of $1,500. A faculty member who has won the award shall be ineligible for the same award for a period of three years.
A complete application consists of the following items:
1. A two-page narrative explaining the importance of the work and its relevance to the applicant's larger discipline (NB: Receipt of a grant alone does not constitute an eligible work within the parameters of this award).
The narrative must be double-spaced with one-inch margins at the top, bottom, and on each side, and must not exceed two pages. The type must be clear, readily legible, and 12-point Times New Roman.
2. A one-page letter of support from a colleague that explains the importance and relevance of the work submitted within the context of the applicant's discipline. The letter must be on letterhead from the evaluator's institution. The letter may come from the Tennessee Tech faculty, or from outside of Tennessee Tech.
3. Up to 3 pieces of evidence in support of the work.
Evidence can include, but is not limited to, the following: Copies of publications, compositions, programs and reviews of exhibitions or performances, or any other item attesting to the work under consideration. The items the candidate submits as evidence should serve to strengthen the narrative and serve to provide a deeper understanding of the submitted work's significance and innovation to a committee with members representing all disciplines at Tennessee Tech.
Do not attach a bio, vitae, or resume to the application.
Application materials must be submitted electronically in a single PDF to email@example.com on or before February 28, 2020.
THE COMMITTEE WILL REJECT ANY APPLICATION THAT DOES NOT ADHERE TO THE ABOVE GUIDELINES EXACTLY AS SPECIFIED.
The University Research Advisory Committee will review applications each spring semester and award winners will be announced each April at the Faculty Recognition Reception.
SCHOLASTIC RESEARCH AWARD WINNERS
- 2019: Dan Allcott
- 2018: Jesse Carrick and Mohamed Mahmoud
- 2017: Steven Canfield, Seth King and ChaBum Lee