Several campus advisory bodies offer the Division of Research input on a variety of issues, policies, and procedures.
UNLV Research Council
The UNLV Research Council serves as an advisory body to the Vice President for Research to advance UNLV’s research agenda. The role of the council includes providing advice and recommendations on strategic research directions and action items; research policies, procedures, and planning; internal faculty award programs; increasing competitive award funding. Council members serve staggered terms (three years) and are appointed by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The members include representatives from the faculty, the Faculty Senate, and the Executive Vice President and Provost’s Office.
Role and Mission Statement
The UNLV Research Council serves as an advisory body to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development to provide review and advice regarding University research policies, procedures, and strategies to advance UNLV’s stature as a Carnegie research-intensive university. The role of the Council includes but is not limited to providing advice and recommendations on:
Strategic research directions and action items
Research policies, procedures, and information
Internal faculty award programs
Increasing competitive grant awards
Promoting and increasing interdisciplinary research on and off campus
Implementing the Top Tier strategic plan
Council members serve staggered terms (3 years) and are appointed by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
Membership & Terms
Term through June 2020
Jennifer Pharr – School of Community Health Sciences
Jennifer Kawi – School of Nursing
Ernesto Abel-Santos – College of Sciences (Council Chair)
Brad Donohue – College of Liberal Arts
Term through June 2019
Anjala Krishen – School of Business Tamara
Madensen – College of Urban Affairs
Ruben Garcia – School of Law
Term through June 2018
Tony Lucas – College of Hotel Administration (sabbatical Fall 2017 – Sunny Kim to fill-in)
Kwang Kim – College of Engineering
Lisa Bendixen – College of Education (Faculty Senate representative)
Mary Croughan – Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Zach Miles – Office of Economic Development
Lori Olafson – Office of Research Integrity
Liam Frink – Office of Undergraduate Research
Raegen Pietrucha – Research Communications
Robin Toles – Office of the Vice President for Research
Jill Zimbelman – Office of the Vice President for Research
Council for Centers, Institutes, Museums, & Labs
The Council is responsible for initial review and recommendation of proposals for new centers, institutes, museums, and laboratories as well as for conducting annual reviews of existing units. These units are primarily directed toward basic/applied research, client or public service, policy studies and reports, or serve as an archive/repository.
Recommendations from the Council are forwarded to the Vice President for Research. The Vice President for Research, in turn, makes a recommendation to the Executive Vice President and Provost. Requests for new centers, institutes, museums and laboratories are then forwarded for processing through the Chancellor’s Office and the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents. After a new center, institute, museum or laboratory is approved by the Board of Regents, the day-to-day operational administration and oversight typically is managed through an academic department, school, or college.
The Associate Deans for Research serve in an advisory capacity to the Vice President for Research, but also provide a critical formal link back to the colleges on important research issues. The associate deans serve as liaisons of their colleges to the Division of Research, offering insights into the interests of their faculty and students, promoting the research of their respective colleges, and helping inform the institutional research agenda.