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University Research Advisory Committee

  • Procedures

    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:

    1. Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges to research growth and externally funded scholarly activities at Tech;
    2. Identify emerging research opportunities anticipated across the academic disciplines;
    3. Make recommendations regarding intellectual and infrastructure needs required to capitalize on major research opportunities;
    4. Develop plans and make recommendations for accessing, supporting and sustaining existing and emerging research thrust areas;
    5. Review current practices in research administration and recommend strategies to foster research growth; and
    6. Make recommendations regarding the commercialization of research and intellectual property issues.

  • Committee Members

     2021-2022 Members

    Name Classification Campus Box No.  Email Term Expires
    Dr. Jeremy Blair Faculty 5085 2023
    Dr. Satish Mahajan Administrative 5004 2024
    Dr. Tania Datta Faculty 5015  2023
    Dr. Hayden Mattingly Faculty  5152 2023
    Dr. Adam Holley Faculty  5051 2022
    Dr. Kristen Deiter Faculty 5053 2023
    Ms. Julie Brewer Administrative 5103 2023
    Dr. Shelia Hurley  Faculty 5001  2022
    Dr. Brian Leckie Faculty  5034  2024
    Dr. Jeff Boles, Chair  Faculty  5055  2022
    Dr. Mark Stephens Administrative   5136  2024
    Dr. Rory Roberts Faculty 5014 2024
    Ms. Gail Ligon Administrative 5037  2022
    Dr. Leslie Suters Faculty 5042  2024
    Mr. Elijah Tidwell Student 2022
    Ms. Megan Wharton Student  2022
    Dr. Terry Saltsman Administrative 5007 2022
    Dr. Jason Beach Administrative 5042  2024
    Executive Officer to Provide Staff Support Services: Dr. Jennifer Taylor, VP for Research      
    Resource Person: Mr. Greg Holt      

  • Minutes

    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

    Applications are currently being accepted, the deadline for submission is April 7, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.

    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.  


    The University Research Advisory Committee will review applications each spring semester and award winners will be announced at the Faculty Recognition Reception. 


    • 2022: Dr. Jospeh Biernacki, Tenured Faculty and Dr. Mary Matthews, Tenure-Track Faculty
    • 2021:  Dr. Chad Luke, Tenured Faculty, and Dr. Michael Olsen, Tenure-Track Faculty
    • 2020:  Janet Isbell and Shelly Marasi
    • 2019:  Dan Allcott
    • 2018:  Jesse Carrick and Mohamed Mahmoud
    • 2017:  Steven Canfield, Seth King and ChaBum Lee
    • 2023: Dr. Jessee Carrick, Tenured Faculty and Dr. Syed Ali Asad Rizvi, Tenure-Track Faculty


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