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Research Councils and Committees

The Research Growth Committee

The Research Growth Committee internally advises SLU’s research growth agenda and oversees investments in university-wide research initiatives. The committee's responsibilities specifically include: 

  • Monitoring progress of SLU’s Five Year Research Growth Plan and advising the Office of the Vice President for Research on strategic directions
  • Leading in SLU's best interest in growing research initiatives that span across the university and have potential to become self-sustaining, eminent research programs
  • Allocating institutional and financial resources to research initiatives
  • Supporting faculty leaders by giving individualized advice, making connections for partnerships, and mentoring
Research Growth Committee Roster
  • Justin Daffron, S.J., assistant to the president
  • Enrico Di Cera, M.D., chair, School of Medicine Research Planning Committee
  • Chris Duncan, Ph.D., dean, College of Arts and Sciences; chair, Scholarship Research Council
  • Chester (Chet) Gillis, Ph.D., interim provost
  • David Heimburger, vice president and chief financial officer
  • Mark Higgins, Ph.D., dean, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business
  • Christine Jacobs, M.D., interim chair, Family and Community Medicine; co-chair, Applied Health Research Council
  • Bill Kauffman, J.D., vice president and general counsel
  • Sheila Manion, vice president for development
  • Monica Matthieu, Ph.D., faculty representative
  • Ken Olliff, D.Min., M.B.A., vice president for research
  • Michelle Sabick, Ph.D., dean, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology; chair, Science and Engineering Research Council
  • John Tavis, Ph.D., faculty representative
  • Bob Wilmott, M.D., vice dean for medical affairs
  • Mardell Wilson, Ed.D., RD, LDN, dean, Doisy College of Health Sciences; co-chair, Applied Health Research Council
  • Gary Ritter, Ph.D., dean, School of Education

Science and Engineering Research Council

The Science and Engineering Research Council advises SLU's research growth agenda as it pertains to science and engineering, and facilitates innovative and collaborative research initiatives among faculty. The council's responsibilities specifically include: 

  • Identifying and enabling strategic research initiatives
  • Supporting the pursuit of large collaborative funding opportunities
  • Monitoring research growth progress
  • Formulating and implementing a research space policy
  • Formulating and implementing a research instrumentation strategy
  • Managing the science and engineering portion of the President’s Research Fund
  • Advising the Office of the Vice President for Research on other issues to enhance and enable S&E research
Science and Engineering Research Council Roster
  • Michelle Sabick, Ph.D., dean, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology (Chair)
  • Gary Bledsoe, Ph.D., chair, Biomedical Engineering
  • Bryan Clair, Ph.D., chair, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Jeffrey Gfeller, Ph.D., chair, Psychology
  • Michael Goldwasser, Ph.D., chair, Computer Science
  • Charles Graves, Ph.D., chair, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Riyadh Hindi, Ph.D., associate dean for Graduate Education and Research, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
  • Jack Kennell, Ph.D., chair, Biology
  • Donna LaVoie, Ph.D., associate dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Ronaldo Luna, Ph.D., chair, Civil Engineering
  • Stephen Magoc, MBA, chair, Aviation
  • Scott Martin, Ph.D., chair, Chemistry
  • Michael Swartwout, Ph.D., chair, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • William Thacker, Ph.D., chair, Physics 

Applied Health Research Council

The Applied Health Research Council advises SLU's research growth agenda as it pertains to applied health, and facilitates innovative and collaborative research initiatives among faculty. The council's responsibilities specifically include: 

  • Facilitating collaborations among SLU faculty who have applied health-related research interests
  • Fostering relevant community connections that may advance research interests
  • Identifying and supporting strategic research initiatives
  • Reviewing and administering the existing Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Grants Program
  • Advising the Office of the Vice President for Research on ways to enhance and enable applied health research
  • Providing updates of anticipated and actualized research growth to the Research Growth Committee
Applied Health Research Council Roster
  • Mardell Wilson, Ed.D., RD, LDN, dean, Doisy College of Health Sciences (Co-Chair)
  • Christine Jacobs, M.D., interim chair, Family and Community Medicine; interim director, School of Medicine Primary Care Institute (Co-Chair)
  • Ruqaiijah Yearby, J.D., M.P.H., professor, Law
  • Stephanie Cargill, Ph.D., associate professor, health care ethics and public health
  • Erol Amon, M.D., J.D., professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Tricia Austin, Ph.D., PT, ATC, chair, Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
  • Ellen Barnidge, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor, Behavioral Science and Health Education
  • Susan Farr, Ph.D., professor, Geriatrics
  • Jesus Garcia-Martinez, M.D., Ph.D., associate dean for Research, Doisy College of Health Sciences
  • Andrew Hall, D.Sc., assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Leslie Hinyard, Ph.D., associate director, SLUCOR
  • Joanne Langan, Ph.D., RN, C.N.E., associate dean for Undergraduate and Pre-licensure Education, School of Nursing
  • Norma Metheny, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, associate dean for Research, School of Nursing
  • Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., M.A., professor and research director, Family and Community Medicine
  • Travis Threats, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, chair, Communication Science Disorders
  • Debbie Zand, Ph.D., professor, Pediatrics

Scholarship Research Council

The Scholarship Research Council advises SLU's research growth agenda as it pertains to scholarship, and aims to grow the eminence of the university's research enterprise by supporting relevant and provocative scholarship. The council's responsibilities specifically include: 

  • Managing a fund to support scholarly research
  • Recommending summer research award funding
  • Identifying winners for the annual Scholarly Research Awards
  • Developing recognition programs that raise the impact and visibility of scholarly research
  • Identifying and enabling strategic research initiatives
  • Supporting the pursuit of collaborative funding opportunities
  • Monitoring research growth progress 
  • Advising the Office of the Vice President for Research on ways to enhance and enable scholarly research
Scholarship Research Council Roster
  • Chris Duncan, Ph.D., dean, College of Arts and Sciences (Chair)
  • Gary Ritter, Ph.D., dean, School of Education (Co-Chair)
  • Heidi Ardizzone, Ph.D., chair, American Studies
  • April Trees, Ph.D., chair, Communication
  • Christopher Tinson, Ph.D., director, African American Studies
  • Toby Benis, Ph.D., chair, English
  • Laura Franklin, Ph.D., chair, Fine and Performing Arts
  • Charles Parker, Ph.D., chair, History
  • Annie Smart, Ph.D., chair, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • David Cassens, dean of Libraries
  • Scott Ragland, Ph.D., chair, Philosophy
  • Ellen Carnaghan, Ph.D., chair, Political Science
  • Richard Colignon, Ph.D., chair, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Dan Finucane, Ph.D., chair, Theology
  • Gretchen Arnold, Ph.D., chair, Women and Gender Studies
  • Heather Bednarek, Ph.D., associate dean, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business
  • Anders Walker, Ph.D., J.D., associate dean for Research and Engagement, School of Law
  • Maureen Wikete Lee, Ph.D., associate dean, School of Education
  • Donna LaVoie, Ph.D., associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Research Institute Fellows Committee

The Research Institute Fellows Committee reviews requests from deans and makes recommendations to the provost and vice president for research to use funds provided by the Research Institute to support faculty hires.

The goal of this program is to enable SLU to recruit and retain researchers of the highest caliber, persons whose research productivity will add significantly to the eminence and impact of SLU's scholarship and research portfolios.

This process supplements, but does not replace, existing processes at the university for faculty hires. Individuals selected will be designated as fellows of the Research Institute.

The Fellows Committee is appointed by the provost and made up of a small number of eminent researchers across the University.

Research Institute Fellows Committee

  • Craig Adams, Professor, Civil Engineering, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
  • Daniel Hoft, Adorjan Endowed Professor, Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine
  • Istvan Kiss, Associate Professor, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Daniela Salvemini, Professor, Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Medicine
  • Eleonore Stump, Robert J. Henle, S. J. Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • John Tavis, Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
  • Michael Vaughn, Professor, Social Work, College for Public Health and Social Justice
  • Ruqaiijah Yearby, Professor, Center for Health Law Studies, School of Law