FUNCTION: To advise the Faculty Council and the president on matters relating to the research mission of the University and the relationship between it and other aspects of the University's overall mission; to provide for wider dissemination of information concerning the research mission of the University, how that mission is being discharged, and how it might be enhanced.
COMPOSITION: Nine (9) voting members of the General Faculty for three (3) year staggered terms, one (1) school or college administrator (associate dean for Research) for a one (1) year term, and two (2) research staff members for two (2) year staggered terms. No more than two (2) faculty members of the committee shall be from a given college or school. One (1) undergraduate student appointed by the president from a panel of two (2) names submitted by the Senate of College Councils and two (2) graduate students appointed from a panel of four (4) names submitted by the Graduate Student Assembly. At least one (1) of the graduate student members of the committee shall be enrolled in one (1) of the Ph.D. programs of the Graduate School. In addition, every year the chair of the Faculty Council shall appoint two (2) voting faculty members of the Faculty Council for one (1) year terms. Each fall, the committee shall elect a chair elect who shall be a voting faculty member of the committee, though, if that proves impossible, it shall elect a vice chair as an interim measure, while continuing to seek a chair elect. Each committee shall make an annual report on its work, in writing, to the General Faculty and Faculty Council. Both the vice president for research and the dean of the Graduate School shall serve as administrative advisors to the committee without vote.