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Research Council Goals, Academic Year 2020-2021

Overarching Objectives

  • Increase participation and transparency
  • Work closely with new VCR Deborah Crawford; understand ORED staff and budget structures
  • Advance Team Science across UT

Goals for Research Council sessions and activities

  • Assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on research procedures and productivity:
    • Using short- and long-term data
    • Specifically considering how diverse subgroups are affected (e.g., international students and scholars, faculty of color, female faculty) in light of intersectionality
  • Initiate engaged conversation with the UT Graduate School and the Bredesen Center:
    • How to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration between faculty, postdocs, and grad students
    • Learn about standards for students working in larger research groups
    • Explore promising practices re. support for multidisciplinary graduate education in the Graduate School and the Bredesen Center
  • Showcase research structures in the Social Sciences and Humanities; discuss indicators and standards of productivity beyond external funding
  • Learn more about the UT One Health Initiative
  • Continue participating in shared governance related to the Oak Ridge Institute at UT
  • Explore opportunities created by the university’s recent designation as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
  • Facilitate research communication structures and procedures at UT