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  • Articles for May 2014 | UI Staff Council
    Menu Home Awards Bylaws Funding for Staff Committees Councilors Resources Meeting Archive Home Articles for May 2014 Articles for May 2014 Workplace Support Matrix UI Staff Council has developed a Workplace Support Matrix to ease information retrieval Read more Monthly Archive September 2015 1 March 2015 1 February 2015 1 June 2014 2 Remove Filter May 2014 1 Copyright 2014 University of Iowa Staff Council Questions about our Web site

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  • Review of the Office of the Vice President for Research, 2006 | Faculty Senate
    sector relationships with the UI and attracts businesses which are linked to the University of Iowa The Technology Innovation Center is a business incubator providing space and services to new commercial enterprises using advanced technology typically start up companies spun off from UI research activities The Office of Corporate Partnership works within and outside of the University of Iowa to enhance the University s participation as a partner in the economic community and social development fostering alliances among industrial state educational and community partners The UI Research Foundation in 2004 received 86 new invention disclosures from faculty and staff filed 118 US patent applications received 46 issued patents and executed 47 license and option agreements These activities resulted in approximately 10 7 million in royalty revenue and licensure earnings in FY 2004 These revenues increased further to 19 1 million in FY 2005 f Infrastructure and Other Support includes physical research space data management and electronic systems Research Information Systems develops and maintains electronic grant management systems Core Research Facilities include the Central Microscopy Research Facility High Resolution Mass Spectroscopy High Field Nuclear Resonance Academic Technology Research Services and Large Scale Fermentation Facility For a more detailed discussion of each of these OVPR activities the reader is referred to the 2004 Self Study The next two sections of this report are derived from the numerous interviews the committee undertook with various members of the administration deans and faculty from our review of the self study and the comments from the University community which were gathered in 2004 Since the committee felt that the review should concentrate on areas of weakness concern and need for change the first of these two sections Positive Aspects of the OVPR is by design brief III POSITIVE ASPECTS OF THE OVPR The OVPR was considered to be efficient especially at matters involving compliance and regulatory issues The Department of Sponsored Programs was commended for reasonably rapid processing of grant applications The personnel of the office were considered to be hard working and generally efficient and knowledgeable The open door policy pursued by the administrative officers and staff was widely acknowledged and appreciated by our interviewees The new Vice President for Research Dr Meredith Hay specifically stated that the major strength of the office was the quality and performance of the staff Numerous interviewees attributed the deficiencies and problems of the OVPR see next section to budget cuts and reversions to which the University has been subjected in the last several years a situation which is largely beyond the University s control IV CRITICISMS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE OVPR This section will list criticisms and areas of weakness that numerous interviewers identified Where appropriate specific suggestions for improvement are included General Weaknesses The OVPR was widely considered to be not proactive but mostly reactive in encouraging research Numerous suggestions were offered to improve this situation The OVPR could bring together clusters of investigators who might not be aware of each other s common interest in order to collaborate on large projects The OVPR could identify projects which would be of interest to funding agencies and for which there are particularly appropriate groups of investigators at the University of Iowa A specific subgroup within the OVPR could be created for this purpose or this role might be assigned to the UI Research Council see later in report The organizational structure of the OVPR is diffuse with too many centers and offices reporting directly to the OVPR sometimes only for historical reasons Our external reviewer Dr Cicero suggested that a number of units presently reporting to the OVPR could be moved to other offices specifically citing the Hygienic Laboratory see his report and in our interview with him the National Advanced Driving Simulator and the Museums The boundaries between the working responsibilities of the Provost the Vice President for Research and the Senior Vice President and Treasurer should be clarified and formalized Interviewees encouraged the OVPR to provide more help with bridging funds and seed grants for new projects Of note is that four internally funded programs targeted at the biological sciences mathematics and physical sciences social sciences and undergraduates have recently been established The OVPR should establish and publicize hard funding goals for the next several years Appropriate metrics for such goals might include new dollars raised and or the percent of the faculty receiving support for research Visibility of the OVPR was a theme Many faculty members felt that there was a general lack of knowledge and understanding of what the functions of the OVPR were Vice President Hay has stated that a priority of hers is to increase visibility of the office both on and outside the campus We see here an opportunity also to increase public understanding of the substantive research and scholarship performed on this campus One way to accomplish this might be to identify faculty members with successful educational and or research programs who would be willing to make presentations on their work to legislators community groups high schools etc The University of Iowa Research Council needs to be strengthened Its role and functions are at present primarily advisory in the formulation of research policies and guidelines It provides a forum for faculty and student questions about research policies and procedures It has dealt with various matters concerning research in useful but ad hoc fashion It does not appear to have any regularly assigned recurring function It has no budget Arts and Humanities The OVPR has long played a leadership role among the UI s peer institutions regarding the sustaining and promoting of scholarly and creative work in the arts and humanities The fear was forcefully articulated to us that with the loss of dedicated funding this role is eroding The Office of Sponsored Programs was seen to put insufficient energy in assisting faculty in securing funding for projects in the arts and humanities Several observers urged that the OVPR should act as an advocate for small units e g the Center for the Book UI museums Entrepreneurship Economic Development The recent demands for focusing research on economic development and entrepreneurship were a major concern of many interviewees Although all acknowledged the need for money to support the activities of the OVPR that need expansion and recognized the importance of entrepreneurship and economic development many expressed considerable fear that we are moving toward focus on service activities designed to support the economic goals of the state but which do not advance the scholarly mission of the university The expansion of knowledge should be our goal Faculty appointments and promotion tenure decisions should be based on scholarship and teaching not entrepreneurship Intellectual property was a common focus of discussion a number of interviewees felt that there should be more efforts by the OVPR to develop technology transfer and to commercialize University findings Connections between the Vice President for Research office and the University of Iowa Research Foundation were considered suboptimal Interviewees suggested that there should be a specific staff member in the OVPR in charge of technology transfer and or in charge of recruiting faculty who might have a particular interest in or plans for establishing businesses Despite a substantial increase in revenue in 2005 the Research Foundation was the target of many complaints The Research Foundation was considered to be woefully understaffed especially compared to Iowa State University The Research Foundation was considered not proactive and not making sufficient efforts to find partners or to market intellectual property A morale problem was identified by several interviewees It was felt that the Research Foundation needed to prioritize its goals and to better define its mission Some interviewees complained that unwarranted distinctions were made among research ideas based on the sponsorship of the ideas i e that industry supported research was undervalued compared to NIH NSF NEA NEH sponsorship even if the industry sponsored research was investigator initiated It was stated that Iowa State University publicly identifies Iowa companies which sponsor research for public relations purposes and that we might consider a similar program Funding incentives reflecting levels of indirect costs as a research incentive Many of those interviewed were deeply concerned about the distribution and use of funding incentives which reflected levels of indirect costs This was one of the most intensely discussed issues people had strong opinions Iowa returns 3 8 of such costs to the deans of the various colleges The rest goes to the University budget Dr Cicero our external reviewer indicated that at Washington University all such costs go to the Deans of the various schools and none go directly to the departments or individual investigators Some faculty here expressed agreement with Iowa s current practice because it sustains the full intellectual agenda of the entire university permitting flexibility in the distribution of these funds Dr Cicero felt there was a great need to provide incentives for research which would reflect indirect costs Other Concerns Interviewees called upon the OVPR to show sensitivity to the needs of professional scientific and merit staff by establishing more training and retraining programs especially to fill the needs of new or open positions Several interviewees suggested that ongoing programs to keep skill and knowledge up to date should also be provided They expressed the wish that UI grants now available to support staff when taking courses be expanded and specifically directed to encourage research and scholarship A number of comments were directed at the Institutional Review Boards and particularly delays in processing and approving projects It was noted that this situation has been alleviated somewhat in recent years Time off or financial salary incentives were suggested as ways of encouraging additional faculty members to serve on the IRB and therefore speed processing grants One dean suggested that multiple IRBs specialized according to areas of research should be created A related concern was the Animal Care and Use Committee Concerns were expressed about inadequate faculty input into the policy and procedures of this Committee V RECOMMENDATIONS These recommendations are informed by the comments of the interviewees and of the external reviewer Dr Theodore Cicero with which we strongly agree Dr Cicero s separate written report is provided in Appendix II The OVPR should be an advocate for support from the state legislature for the University s general fund which supports research and scholarship across all disciplines Understanding that the mission of the University is teaching research and the advancement of scholarly and creative endeavor be cautious about prioritizing the role of economic development and entrepreneurship seek unrestricted funding from the state Make it clear to the Governor and legislature that the University s capacity to be an economic engine is not unlimited and in some cases is not consonant with the role and mechanisms of scholarship The OVPR should be more proactive in encouraging research and scholarship and specifically should try to identify hot areas and seek to bring together appropriate investigators to pursue these areas Support for preliminary efforts could be provided with limited funds Consider establishing a group which biannually would specifically meet for the purpose of identifying such areas This might be a regular assigned function of the University Research Council Make the University community more aware of what the OVPR does and how it can assist individual investigators especially new ones throughout the University Begin an open dialogue with the University of Iowa community concerning the distribution and use of funding reflecting levels of indirect costs with an emphasis on the use of such funds to incentivize research and scholarship and to seek equilibrium against imbalances in funding opportunities for different fields of research and scholarship Sustain the Arts and Humanities Initiative giving it a very high priority Considering the limited funding available to the humanities as compared with the sciences and medicine an increase in the modest dollars already committed for this purpose is crucial for the ability of Arts and Humanities faculty to compete for sponsored funds The University needs to be better situated to compete for major grants from private as well as public sources of support in the Arts and Humanities We commend the recent restructuring of the OVPR to appoint an Associate Vice President for Arts Humanities and Social Sciences and an Associate Vice President for the Biological Mathematical and Physical Sciences who will act as strategic advisors to the OVPR We urge that these advisors respond to the specific concerns articulated to us identify and address imbalances between the potential funding sources for various disciplines and position the University better to engage federal and private sources of support Establish more infrastructure support for research grant submissions establish a core office specifically to advise and assist with the mechanics of research grant development This was a major recommendation of our external reviewer Dr Cicero and we strongly agree Formalize the relationships between the Provost the Vice President for Research and the Senior Vice President and Treasurer Revitalize the University of Iowa Research Foundation Assign the Research Council specific tasks so it does not only function as an ad hoc advisory body It could act as a peer review body for the Provost s Faculty Scholar Awards As noted earlier it could be asked to regularly identify areas of research particularly likely to be fundable and to bring together UI investigators interested in such research Appendix I INTERVIEWEES OF THE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH UI CENTRAL OFFICERS DEANS Michael Hogan Executive Vice President and Provost Douglas True Senior Vice President and Treasurer Nancy Baker University Librarian P Barry Butler Dean College of Engineering David Johnsen Dean College of Dentistry Chris Squier Associate Dean Research John Keller Dean Graduate College Linda Maxson Dean College of Liberal Arts Sciences Jean Robillard Dean Carver College of Medicine UI FACULTY Michael Apicella Microbiology Professor Debashish Bhattacharya Biology Professor Tom Boggess Physics Astronomy Professor Leon Burmeister Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs College of Public Health Kevin Campbell Physiology Biophysics Professor Sonya Franklin Chemistry Professor Johna Leddy Chemistry Professor Geoffrey McLennan Internal Medicine Professor Jeff Murray Pediatrics Professor George Neumann Economics Professor Chair of 1994 OVPR Review Committee Mark Sidel College of Law Professor Jack Stapleton Internal Medicine Professor UI STAFF Audra Haddy Staff Grant Accounting Randy Jordison Staff Internal Medicine Jeanne McCabe Staff Carver College of Medicine FACULTY SENATE Michael Cohen Faculty Senate Secretary Steve McGuire Faculty Senate Katherine Tachau Faculty Senate Past President STAFF COUNCIL Cheryl Reardon Staff Council Charles Eastham Staff Council CENTER DIRECTORS Mark Arnold Director Optical Science and Engineering Beverly Davidson Director Gene Therapy Vector Core John Nelson Past Director Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry Lauren Rabinovitz Director Division of Interdisciplinary Programs Stephen Vlastos Past Director Center for Asian and Pacific Studies FACULTY STAFF OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH Meredith Hay Vice President for Research William Decker Senior Associate Vice President Derek Willard Associate Vice President for Research and Special Assistant to the President for Governmental Relations David Wynes Associate Vice President Francois Abboud Associate Vice President Christine Brus Director Women in Science and Engineering Greg Carmichael Co Director Center for Global Regional and Environmental Research Holly Carver Director UI Press L D Chen Director National Advanced Driving Simulator David Forkenbrock Director Public Policy Center Mary Gilchrist Director University Hygienic Lab Christopher Merrill Director International Writing Program Kenneth Moore Director Central Microscopy Elizabeth Pauls Director Office of the State Archaeologist Twila Reighley Assistant Vice President Division of Sponsored Programs Jack Rosazza Past Director Center for Biocatalysis Bioprocessing Jay Semel Director Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Tom Bauer Interim Director Technology Innovation Center Oakdale Research Park and Oakdale Campus Brenda Akins Associate Director University of Iowa Research Foundation Appendix II Site Visit Report Review of the Research Administration Structure of the University of Iowa by Theodore J Cicero Ph D Vice Chancellor for Research Washington University St Louis Missouri Introduction In the fall of 2005 the University of Iowa carried out an internal self assessment of its Research Administration Office through the aegis of a twelve member committee of faculty staff and students chaired by Dr Richard Kerber The committee s activities included a survey summarization of the organizational structures and a number of interviews with representative faculty and administrative staff After having read their November 2005 report I was asked to come to the University and conduct a broad series of interviews as per the attached schedule My evaluation is based upon both reading the internal report and most importantly interviewing a large number of people at both the individual schools in the University and within the central administrative staff Evaluation I Current Vice President for Research Meredith Hay is the new Vice President for Research having come from the University of Missouri Columbia I knew Meredith at the University of Missouri and believe her to be a competent individual Thus far she seems to have taken over the reins of the office in a very effective manner although there seems to be some feeling that she s acting too quickly perhaps without all the necessary input II Detailed Comments and Recommendations I believe overall the office functions well and the job seems to get done There is however a great deal of concern that has been expressed that falls into the following general categories A Organizational Structure of the Research Office There seem to be an awful lot of direct reports to the Vice President for Research VPR and this will undoubtedly in my estimation lead to a diffusion of effort Indeed there are many centers and other laboratories such as the University Hygienic Laboratory which report to the Vice President for Research for reasons that are unknown It is probably unfair to the center s long term interests to be so far down the food chain and not have unfettered access to the VPR In this connection it is not reasonable to expect the VPR to have sufficient time and energy to provide oversight and mentorship to so many reports Although I believe there

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  • Review of the Office of the General Counsel, 2004 | Faculty Senate
    Attorneys and Staff Interviewed by the OGC Review Committee pdf 262 kb Appendix C Client Satisfaction Survey Part I Survey pdf 2 74 MB Part II OGC Clients Contacted to Complete the Questionnaire pdf 1 69 MB Appendix D Client Satisfaction Survey Results Part I Figures pdf 9 73 MB Part II Tables pdf 2 25 MB Appendix E Survey of Attorneys Outside the OGC Questionnaire pdf 1 53 MB

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  • Faculty Council Agenda - 2006-05-16 | Faculty Senate
    Awards AAUP Home Faculty Council Agenda 2006 05 16 University of Iowa FACULTY COUNCIL Tuesday May 16 2006 3 30 5 00 p m Penn State Room 337 IMU AGENDA I Call to Order II Approvals Meeting Agenda Faculty Council Minutes April 11 2006 Attachment 1 III Reports Faculty Senate President Sheldon Kurtz Presidential Search Vice Co Chairs Katherine Tachau and Francois Abboud VI From the floor VII Announcements VIII

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  • Faculty Council Minutes - 2006-05-16 | Faculty Senate
    term president Professor Tachau reported the committee s starting point as meeting with various constituents to learn what they think is important during the search They have met with the African American Council and the Council on the Status of Latinos The committee is drafting the job description by utilizing the description from the search for the most immediate past president and deciding on necessary changes Professor Tachau and Dr Abboud then queried the Council for ideas in both the job description and the search Main points of discussion included Gender equity Issues of equity should be a prime focus for the candidate The search committee should identify the candidates views on the issue Search criteria The committee is augmenting the previous search criteria Professor Tachau stressed the importance for Councilors to mention elements that may seem self evident because such issues may have been overlooked or not fully discussed Academic sensibilities To find a President with strong academic sensibilities the committee should search amongst provosts and assistant administrators particularly in universities with medical schools Provosts are usually accomplished both in administration and in the academic community Professor Tachau requested that Councilors network with colleagues at other institutions to learn how they feel about their provosts as potential presidents Role of Vice Co Chairs Professor McGuire stated his belief that great power had been invested in both the Co chairs and they are able to define the mechanisms in which we screen and bring candidates into the process Search Chair and Regent Wahlert seems to understand the importance of faculty in generating potential candidates which suggests that Regent Wahlert has confidence in the faculty This confidence should be maintained by utilizing the Council to remain informed and in turn educate the campus both horizontally and vertically Horizontally Council members should attend forums and bring discussion to their colleges for peer input This may generate a level of investment Vertically the quality of forum discussions will inform our success Role of Chair Professor Tachau described the role of the chair as similar to chairing any department or group and as yet the precise definition is evolving Mutual trust has been established and the committee is able to engage in frank discussion Professor Tachau expressed optimism for mutual respect Athletics and academic health center It is important to find a president who is experienced in dealing with athletics and academic health centers Additionally the University has a strong liberal arts college alongside a strong college of medicine This is a facet which any candidate would have to respect to lead and to understand the uniqueness of Iowa City Time frame Dr Abboud expressed the committee s desire to expedite the search as quickly as possible The search firm representative will be on campus June 1 and it is hoped that a new president will be named by the end of December Professor Tachau added that the committee has not set any deadlines but names may be forwarded immediately Professor Tachau requested that

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  • Faculty Senate Agenda - 2006-09-05 | Faculty Senate
    Biochemistry to replace Naeem Haider Anesthesia 2006 08 Information Technology Advisory Committee Victoria Sharp Urology interim member during the leave of Carin Green Fall Semester 2006 Honorary Degree Selection Committee Attachment 2 Sheldon Kurtz Nominations from the Faculty Senate Senate Replacements Sheldon Kurtz College of Public Health Larry Robertson Professor Occupational and Environmental Health Brian Kaskie Assistant Professor Health Management and Policy Extract from Faculty Senate Bylaws 6 Vacancies A Vacancies arising between elections Vacancies on both the Senate and the Council which arise between annual elections are filled by the Senate from eligible members of the constituency affected for a term expiring June 30 following the next annual election b Bylaw revision of the Vacancy rule c Announcement need for members on the Faculty Judicial Commission from Colleges of Education Pharmacy and Public Health Volunteers nominations sought III Reports Faculty Senate President Sheldon Kurtz Diversity Action Committee Marcella David Special Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity and Diversity and Associate Provost Attachment 3 refer to Faculty and Staff Recommendations 8 15 pages 15 22 in the on line version Sexual Harassment Survey and Report Lee Anna Clark Psychology and primary co author Attachment 4 refer to Executive Summary

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  • Faculty Senate Minutes - 2006-09-05 | Faculty Senate
    the report student success faculty staff success and university climate and coordination Recommendations related to faculty success include best practices in faculty searches diversity service and faculty evaluation and providing training to give faculty the tools they need to promote these goals She said she looks forward to input from the Senate on how best to implement the recommendations In particular she called for improvements in faculty hiring and creating a climate to reduce sexual harassment David said that everyone has responsibilities related to diversity awareness Faculty have a responsibility to contribute to a positive learning environment to facilitate learning to adequately prepare students to handle materials the institution has a commitment to faculty and she has a commitment to everyone to make sure the environment is a good one She added if anyone has been treated unfairly or has witnessed sexual harassment she can put them in touch with people who can help This has been a record year for recruiting underrepresented faculty especially within CLAS and the College of Education While numbers are not yet final she is confident that undergraduate numbers have been preserved In response to a question from Professor Brown David said there was not sufficient time to revamp orientation this Fall to include diversity issues specifically related to faculty or to involve the Center for Teaching Although there is a diversity component in the general university orientation this is something she would be happy to work on with the Center David thanked Faculty Senator Michael O Hara for his participation on the Diversity Action Task Force President Kurtz noted that Professor O Hara is the chair of the former Faculty Welfare Committee now known as Faculty Policies and Compensation which puts him in an excellent position to discuss these issues B Programmatic Reviews Pat Cain Vice Provost oversees all academic reviews She noted that there are three upcoming reviews during 2006 07 namely the Colleges of Law and Education and University Libraries She hopes to compile a list of names of faculty members willing to be called upon to serve on these review committees She explained that internal review committees are comprised of faculty members outside the college in question but that external experts are brought in to advise the process She asked Evalyn to send out a follow up message to seek volunteers She encouraged senators to self nominate C Sexual Harassment Survey and Report Lee Anna Clark Department of Psychology and primary co author of the report explained that the Council on the Status of Women was commissioned in 2003 to conduct a survey on harassment 42 839 people received the survey over 11 000 responded Taking into account the nature of the survey this was considered a very positive result While the representation was generally broad there was a higher percentage of women respondents and lower percentage of undergraduates She noted that the University of Iowa is one of the first universities to have put in place a sexual harassment policy

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  • Faculty Council Agenda - 2006-06-20 | Faculty Senate
    About Membership Meetings Committees Elections Faculty Awards AAUP Home Faculty Council Agenda 2006 06 20 University of Iowa FACULTY COUNCIL Tuesday June 20 2006 1 30 2 30 p m S181 PBB AGENDA I Call to Order II Approvals Meeting Agenda Faculty Council Minutes May 16 2006 Attachment 1 III Report Presidential Search Chair and Regent Teresa Wahlert IV From the floor V Announcements VI Adjournment The University of Iowa

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