Appendix I

4/25/17

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

Revision of the Standing Rules, Article II (Senate Committee Structure), Section 6(i) Committee on Research

(Legislative)

Implementation: Upon Approval by the Senate

During Fall 2016 the Senate Committee on Research was charged with reviewing their structure and duties in the process of developing a document for new committee members.  That review led to proposed changes in the committee membership and duties, to reflect current and future needs for this important function of the University Faculty Senate, consistent with the complex issues associated with the University’s research programs.

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions and strikeouts indicating deleted text. Deleted text is notated with [Delete] [End Delete]. Added text is notated with [Add] [End Add].

 (l) Committee on Research, [Add] Scholarship, and Creative Activity [End Add]

  1. Membership:

(i) At least ten elected faculty senators

(ii) One graduate student senator

(ii) One undergraduate student senator

(iv) [Add] Six members of the Graduate Council Committee on Graduate Research including the Committee Chair [End Add] [Delete] Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School* [End Delete]

(v) [Add] Vice President for Research* [End Add] [Delete]  Six members of the Graduate Council Committee on Graduate Research including the Committee Chair [End Delete]

[Add] (vi) Vice Provost for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School*

(vii) Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs**

(viii) Associate Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer**

(ix) Associate Vice President for Research, Director of Research Protections** [End Add]

  1. Selection: By the Committee on Committees and Rules. Members from the Graduate Council on Graduate Research will be chosen in consultation with [Add] the Graduate Council [End Add] [Delete] that committee. [End Delete]
  2. Duties: [Add] The Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity is charged with fostering and promoting the creation of new knowledge by faculty and students in all disciplines across the Penn State campuses, as well as with facilitating interdisciplinary and intercampus collaboration in this regard. It shall be the Senate advisory body to the Vice President for Research and to the Vice Provost for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School. In the realm of graduate research, scholarship, and creative activity it works closely with the Graduate Council Committee on Research (whose chair and members serve on the Committee) to achieve common aims and shared objectives. Within the advisory and consultative functions of the Senate, it shall advise and consult on all matters involving research policies and services, as well as on issues relating to intellectual property and technology transfer. In conjunction with the Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology Committee, it shall ensure an active faculty role in the formulation of all research computing and information systems policies as they affect faculty and students. In collaboration with the University Planning Committee, it advises and consults on matters related to facilities, including facilities and administration costs. It shall make recommendations to Senate Council on the establishment, reorganization, or discontinuation of organized research units and institutes. It will maintain a formal liaison with the University Research Council and its chair shall serve as a member of that body. [End Add]

[Delete] The Committee on Research is charged with promoting graduate and undergraduate research and scholarly activities and advising the Senate on research policies including research facilities and overhead and fringe benefit computation. It shall, within the advisory and consultative functions of the Senate, be consultative and advisory on all items involving research policies and services. It shall ensure an active faculty role in formulation of all research computing and information systems policies as they affect faculty and students in conjunction with the Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology Committee. It shall make recommendations to Senate Council on the establishment, reorganization, or discontinuation of organized research units and institutes. It will maintain formal liaison with the University Research Council. One member of the committee shall serve on the Penn State Press Editorial Committee. It shall be the Senate advisory body to the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. [End Delete]

  1. Mandated reports: none. The Committee on Research shall send its Informational Reports to the Senate Council.
  2. [Add] Liaison with other Senate, Administrative, Special or Joint Committees:

One member of the committee shall serve on the Penn State Press Editorial Committee.  The chair shall serve on the University Research Council and act as the committee’s liaison to that body. [End Add]

*nonvoting unless Article IV, Section 2 of the Bylaws applies

[Add] ** nonvoting resource person for the committe [End Add]

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

  • Jonathan Abel
  • Mohamad Ansari
  • Dawn Blasko, Chair
  • Mark Casteel
  • Pamela Hufnagel
  • William Kelly, Vice Chair
  • Beth King
  • Richard Robinett
  • Keith Shapiro
  • James Strauss
  • Jane Sutton
  • Ann Taylor
  • Kent Vrana
  • Matthew Woessner