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Research Strategic Planning Committee

 

The Research Strategic Planning Committee was founded in 2005 by the Dean of the School of Medicine at the UNM Health Sciences Center and was later broadened to include the entire Health Sciences Center by the Executive Vice President of Health Sciences in 2007. The RSPC informs and advises the Vice Chancellor for Research and Chancellor on issues related to the research enterprise at the UNM HSC. The Committee’s oversight activities concerning Health Sciences Center activities will both inform decision‐making and ensure internal coordination. The RSPC will take leadership in establishing UNM HSC’s research’s strategic plan and policy guidelines. Broad‐based consultation should underpin these efforts.



 

Research Strategic Planning Committee (RSPC) Charter

 

Responsibilities

The Research Strategic Planning Committee was founded in 2005 by the Dean of the School of Medicine at the UNM Health Sciences Center and was later broadened to include the entire Health Sciences Center by the Executive Vice President of Health Sciences in 2007.  The RSPC informs and advises the Vice Chancellor for Research and Chancellor on issues related to the research enterprise at the UNM HSC.  The Committee’s oversight activities concerning Health Sciences Center activities will both inform decision-making and ensure internal coordination. The RSPC will provide leadership in the establishment of UNM HSC’s research’s strategic plan and policy guidelines.  Broad-based consultation should underpin these efforts.

 

Consonant with its responsibilities, the following specific duties are expected of the Committee:

·         Provide input to a strategic vision for the HSC research enterprise that supports the overall UNM HSC’s strategic vision.

·         Provide an official voice on overall HSC research policies and processes.

·         Provide expertise and input on technology as well as an operational perspective including implementation of research equipment and infrastructure.

·         Identify technical operational and research ramifications and undertake risk benefit analysis of broad based issues that may affect the HSC research enterprise.

·         Make formal recommendations on technical and operational issues related to the research enterprise to the Chancellor of Health Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Research. 

 

In pursuing these duties, the Committee must ensure that its actions support and are consistent with academic-based decision-making and joint governance as these concepts have evolved at UNM HSC. In this regard, the Committee will create an environment conducive to broad-based consultation among UNM HSC’s faculty, administrative leadership, academic leadership, clinical services leadership, students, and staff. All RSPC reports should be directed to the Chancellor of Health Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Research. At the end of each academic year, the Committee will prepare and submit a report summarizing its activities and actions during the course of the year.

 Membership

Membership in the RSPC mirrors the UNM HSC administrative organization chart, with additions to reflect specific ex officio roles.  The departmental chair or vice-chair of each School of Medicine department with significant extramural funding, two members of the College of Pharmacy, a member of the College of Nursing, the leader of each signature program and a member of the HSC faculty council will be members.  Members from the College of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing will be identified by the deans of those schools. The HSC council member will be identified by the HSC Faculty Council resident.  Members are either ex officio or three year terms. 

  

Chair

The committee will be chaired by HSC VCR and composed of departmental chairs of departments with significant extramural funding and leaders of each signature program, two members of the College of Pharmacy, a member of the College of Nursing, the leader of each signature program and a member of the HSC faculty council.

 

The chair:

·         Represents the RSPC by attending meetings and using the RSPC’s vote to represent the views of the RSPC membership;

·         Convenes regular meetings and works with all members to identify key agenda items; and

·         Ensures significant issues are documented and discussed between RSPC meetings, and approves final meeting notes.

·         Reports regularly and makes recommendations to the Chancellor of Health Sciences and other groups as applicable.

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Meetings

The RSPC members primarily meet through the group’s twice per month meetings. The Chair will request input for agenda items prior to each meeting, from the RSPC membership and by request for recommendations. Meeting notes will be published subsequently.

On behalf of the membership, the Chair may invite other appropriate individuals to participate in specific projects or agenda items.

 

Policy for Electronic Voting

At their discretion, the Chair and Vice-Chair may decide to conduct an endorsement vote online. Members will receive electronic notice of the vote with the subject line "ACTION NEEDED: ____" and have 1 week to respond. One of the voting options will include a request to bring the item to a future meeting for further discussion.

 

A quorum is considered to be one more than half of the number of voting members.

 

If a quorum is reached, then the result of the vote will be announced at the next meeting. If a quorum is not reached, the matter will be brought up at the beginning of the very next meeting for an expeditious vote.