Research & Public Service Committee

Research and Public Service Committee 2020-2021

Mission:  The Research and Public Service Committee will concern itself with the University's research and public service programs.

Corresponding Administrators: 1) Senior Vice Provost for Research 2) Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach


CHAIR:  Ivaylo (Ivo) Nedyalkov, Mechanical Engineering CEPS
Vanessa Druskat, Management PAUL 
Robin Hackett, English COLA
John McClain, Mathematics & Statistics CEPS
Gregg Moore, Biological Sciences COLSA
Sharyn Potter, Women's and Gender Studies COLA
Vidya Sundar, Occupational Therapy HHS
Igor Tsukrov, Mechanical Engineering CEPS 




Research and Public Service Committee 2019-2020

Mission:  The Research and Public Service Committee will concern itself with the University's research and public service programs.


CHAIR:   Subrena Smith, Philosophy  COLA
Andrew Coppens,  Education  COLA
Peter Erickson, AgNut&FoodSystems COLSA
Valentini Kalargyrou, Hospitality Management   PAUL
Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences   COLSA
Ivaylo (Ivo) Nedyalkov, Mechanical Engineering   CEPS
David Plachetzki, Molecular, Cellular & Biomed. Sci.  COLSA
Patrick Shannon, Social Work  HHS
Judith Sharkey, Education  COLA

Corresponding Administrators: 1) Senior Vice Provost for Research 2) Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach

Charges for 2019-2020

1. Complete the work of the RSPC from the 2018-2019 senate session by defining a precise and useful definition of “engaged scholarship” in the context of UNH, drawing on the senate report of 2014 on engaged scholarship. The RSPC is to make a report on its findings regarding engaged scholarship and suggest recommendations for how this aspect of faculty activity should be approached and addressed in Promotion and Tenure documents at the university, college, and department level.
Rationale: The nature of “engaged scholarship” has been the subject of considerable concern among UNH faculty for many years. Is this service, scholarship, or some combination of the two? Additional questions have been raised regarding the ways in which departments and colleges treated engaged scholarship in annual reviews and promotion cases. The Senate seeks to provide guidance on this issue, including providing an idea of best practices both from within UNH and from our peer institutions

2. Identify ways in which research and scholarship can be more widely promoted outside the UNH community and report on your findings to the senate.
Rationale: It is in the interest of the faculty as well as the university as a whole to bring attention to the important work being done by faculty across all disciplines. How can the faculty, working with administrative leadership, bring greater attention to the important research being done at UNH, drawing on a wide arrange of media outlets. which individuals, departments, and colleges have been successful in attracting positive attention, and what best practices can be identified and shared with the faculty?

3. Identify ways in which faculty can collaborate with current UNH students to engage in public service projects, with the possibility of raising the profile of the university with potential new students.
Rationale: As a land, space and sea grant institution, UNH has a responsibility to the community and state to enhance the well-being of all residents. Many faculty and students at UNH already are engaged in public service projects. It is valuable for the faculty as a whole to be made aware of these successful endeavors, and to learn about how other faculty and students can become involved in current projects, and also develop new initiatives to help our community. In addition, as part of the university’s strategic initiative of reaching out to New Hampshire, it will be valuable to have a report on the ways in which information about these public service projects can be disseminated more broadly and reach the population of potential students and their families.




Charges for Academic Year 2018-19

1. Monitor implementation of the proposed policy on start-up companies (#XXII-M16), ensuring that it is implemented according to Faculty Senate guidance.

2. Seek a useful and precise definition of “engaged scholarship” in the context of UNH and make recommendations how it should be approached and addressed in Promotion and Tenure documents at the university, college and department level.

3. Identify possible ways that faculty can be more engaged in the recruitment of students to the university. Possible approaches are: a) the creation of a faculty SWAT team to meet with guidance counselors in area high schools (possibly “faculty recruitment fellows”), b) the promotion of research and scholarship in public settings, and c) public service projects in collaboration with students to advertise to potential students.

4.  (added on 11/29/18) - Review the "Resolution on the IPCC Special Report," presented by senators Rose Came and Scott Ollinger; recommend to the senate whether the motion should or should not be adopted, and recommend any amendments deemed desirable.  The link:   Of course, we encourage the committee also to consider intellectually based challenges to the study and to offer any feedback concerning parts of the study that may be overstated, if any. 

Standing Charge
The charges from the Agenda Committee shall comprise the major and first-order work of the Research and Public Service Committee. However, the Committee may pursue additional issues in pursuit of its mission, stated above. If the additional issue interferes with the timelines stated in the charges above, the Committee must receive permission from the Agenda Committee before proceeding. If the additional interest does not interfere with the established timelines, the Committee must inform the Agenda Committee. 


Research and Public Service Committee Membership 2018-19

  • David Finkelhor, Sociology, COLA, chair
  • Marko Knezevic, Mechanical Engineering, CEPS
  • Casey Golomski, Anthropology, COLA 
  • Todd Guerdat, Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, COLSA
  • Scott Ollinger, Natural Resources & the Environment, COLSA
  • Subrena Smith, Philosophy, COLA
  • Robinson Swift, Mechanical Engineering, CEPS
  • Anita Tucker, Social Work, CHHS
  • Cheryl Whistler, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Science, COLSA