Transition of Office of Research to the Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Interim Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Ann Barr-Gillespie, convened a group of faculty and staff from across the university to assist in reimagining the future organization of the Pacific University Office of Research. The roster of individuals in this group is noted below. Dr. Barr-Gillespie also met with research professionals from other academic institutions in our region, and with the Provost’s Council and President’s Cabinet on a number of occasions for additional input into the reorganization plan.

She met with the members of these groups in a series of individual, small group and large group meetings, culminating in recommendations concerning the renaming of the Office of Research to the Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects (OSSP), an appropriate organizational structure with four main functional areas, a draft position description for a new office director and some funding priorities. The President’s Cabinet gave the final approval for the new Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects, and the search for the new director has begun.

This organizational change will allow for the gradual growth of the OSSP as research funds increase over time as a result of the services and mentorship the office will provide. The university commitment to staffing of the office would minimally consist of a part time VP for Research, and two full time research professional staff members, the Director of the OSSP and the Manager of Research Compliance, who will continue to provide leadership and support faculty participation on the research regulatory committees (IRB, IBC, and IACUC).

Dr. Barr-Gillespie, Vice Provost and Executive Dean of the College of Health Professions, will continue to serve as the Interim Vice Provost for Research. Dr. Barr-Gillespie will be leading the search for the new Director of OSSP with the assistance of a search committee consisting of members from all five colleges as well as the University Libraries and Office of University Advancement.

The OSSP Office Reorganization Task Force members include: James Butler, Director of Undergraduate Research, College of Arts & Sciences; Diane Clark, Grant Management Specialist, Finance and Administration; Michelle Cowing, Associate Dean, College of Business;  David DeMoss, Director of the School of Arts and Humanities, CAS; Traci Goff, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, University Advancement; Breanna Grove, Manager of Research Compliance, Office of Research; Kevin Johnson, Director of the School of Natural Sciences, CAS; Mark Johnson, Research Professor, Office of Research; Marita Kunkel, Director, University Libraries; Allie Losli, University Comptroller, Finance and Administration; Sarah Phillips, Director of the School of Social Sciences, CAS; Sigrid Roberts, Chair of the IBC and Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions;  Sandra Rogers, Chair of the IRB and Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, CHP; Sheryl Sanders, Chair of the IACUC and Professor, School of Physical Therapy, CHP; Shun-Nan Yang, Associate Professor, Vision Performance Institute, COO.

“I am deeply grateful for the thoughtful ideas and recommendations of the task force members," Dr. Barr-Gillespie said. "I believe the plan we have devised will support all faculty and students engaged in scholarship within the university to pursue sources of external funding to advance their academic endeavors in support of Pacific’s mission and theme of discovery.”

Please join me in thanking Ann and the committee members for their time and efforts during this transition.

Best Regards,

John S. Miller, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Monday, July 13, 2015