RESEARCH COORDINATING COUNCIL
September 28, 2000
Members Present: Barbara Adamcik, Sean Anderson, John Beck, Phil Blick, Steve Byers, Karl
DeJesus,Deb Easterly, Kay Flowers/ Nancy Griffin, Will Hamlin, Dianne
Horrocks (presiding), Dave Kleist, Rudy Kovacs, Subbaram Naidu,
Beth Stamm/Barbara Cunningham, Doug Wells, Cindy Wilson, Dan Wolfley,
Members Absent/Excused: Jonathan Blotter, Chris Daniels, Frank Harmon, Edwin House, Richard Inouye,
Sue Jenkins, Skip Lohse, Keith Weber
Ms. Horrocks declared a quorum was present. She had everyone introduce themselves and tell what unit
I. It was MSC (11y,0n) to approve Memorandum #128.
A. Dr. Hamlin reported that the Faculty Research Committee awarded 17 out of the 20 proposals
submitted last spring. This was possible because the University Research Committee transferred
$23,820 in funds to the Faculty Research Committee. The Call for Proposals for fall has
been distributed and proposals are due in November.
B. John Beck reported that the Call for Proposals for the Graduate Student Research and
Scholarship Committee (GSRSC) is out and the deadline is November 13. Students may
contact John, Katherine Bowman - GSRSC Chair, or the Office of Research for copies of the
C. Karl DeJesus reported that the Call for Proposals for the Undergraduate Research Committee
is out with a deadline of November 16. The Bylaws and Guidelines for Proposals for this
committee have been approved by the Faculty Senate.
D. Ms. Horrocks informed the committee that the Humanities/Social Sciences Research Committee
is still in the process of making changes/corrections to the Bylaws and Guidelines for Proposals.
A ballot will be sent to committee members to approve these changes. Once approved, the final
versions will be presented to the Research Coordinating Council for approval.
E. Council members received a list of awards made by the University Research Committee last spring.
Seven proposals were awarded for a total of $56,180. Ms. Horrocks announced that this committee puts
out one call for proposals annually in the spring.
F. Council members received a list of the FY2001 Infrastructure Awards made by Dr. House. Ms. Horrocks
reported that several of these awards are made to meet the obligations of the institution for matching
funds for EPSCoR and other grants.
G. Dr. Lawson accepted the recommendations made by the Council for three of the proposals for Release
Time to Seek External Funding. The other two proposals were funded by the University Research
H. Ms. Horrocks reported that the Inland Northwest Research Alliance (INRA) has awarded Dave Rodgers
in Geology $80,000/year for two years to fund a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research and Doug Wells
in Physics $45,000/year for three years for a doctoral level researcher. A second competition will be held
I. Ms. Horrocks reported on the SBOE Technology Incentive grants. Dr. Paul Link in Geology was awarded
$192,600 in continuing funds and Dr. Kris Robinson was awarded $118,300 in continuing funds.
There were five new awards made--Dr. Paul Cady in Pharmacy was awarded $48,950, Dr. Steve
Friedrichsen in the Idaho Dental Education Program was awarded $69,000, Dr. Terry Lay
in the Instructional Technology Resource Center was awarded $70,960, Dr. Skip Lohse in the
Idaho Museum of Natural History was awarded $121,915, and Dr. David Beard in Business was
awarded $34,375. New awards totaled $345,200.
J. Ms. Horrocks asked Council members if there were other awards from the various units on campus.
None were mentioned.
K. The Institute for Rural Health has dropped the word “Studies” as part of their title. This
must be approved by the State Board of Education so the change is not official yet.
Council members received a list of ISU’s research centers/institutes/units and affiliations.
Council members received a handout showing how the Carnegie Foundation now classifies
various universities. ISU’s designation has changed from a Doctoral II Institution to a Doctoral
III. COUNCIL BUSINESS
A. Approval of changes in the Bylaws and Guidelines for Proposals of the Humanities/Social
Sciences Research Committee was tabled. This committee is still discussing changes and will
send a copy of those changes along with a ballot to vote for approval/disapproval to the members
who were absent from the meeting.
B. It was MSC (11y,0n) to approve the changes in both the Proposal Guidelines and Rating Sheet
for Release Time to Seek External Funding. These were basically editorial changes to clarify
that this release time is exclusively for the purpose of writing a proposal for external funds.
C. Kay Flowers distributed a handout showing the current acquisition budget and expenditure pattern,
the challenges this presents, and three different proposals to consider for using research
overhead money. Dan Wolfley said that there is between $800,000 and $1 million collected in
overhead each year; therefore, 2% would amount to $16,000 - $20,000 annually. Ms. Flowers
said the University Library Committee meets in two weeks. That committee has not seen the
handout with the recommendations and will discuss them when they meet. Please drop any comments
to Ms. Flowers via email. Council members were asked to discuss the options listed in the handout
with colleagues and bring that information back to the next meeting.
D. There was continued discussion on the Evaluation Guidelines and Procedures for Research Faculty.
A question was raised as to whether research faculty were tenure-track as there is already an
established set of guidelines for those positions. It was established that many research faculty
are not tenure-track positions and should have a separate set of guidelines for evaluation and
promotion. It was MSC (11y,0n) to approve the Evaluation Guidelines and Procedures for Research
E. Regarding web-based courses and their ownership, Nancy Griffin from the library volunteered
to see what other universities are doing about faculty rights to web-based courses, etc.
She will bring this information to the next meeting. Council members were also requested to
discuss this with colleagues and bring that information to the next meeting. This issue is currently
being discussed in the Technology Oversight Council and by the Council for Teaching and Learning.
F. Cindy Wilson informed the Research Coordinating Council that the Graduate Council is discussing
“conditional” status of graduate students. When these students are classified as conditional, they
are not eligible for federal funding--neither financial aid nor assistance from federal grants. The
Graduate Council is considering adding another student category. The consensus is that the status
should be changed, if possible, to make these students eligible for funding.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.