and centers are under the general direction of the Vice
Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy. Directors
will be designated to manage institutes and centers.
Directors of institutes will report directly to the
Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy.
Directors of centers will report to the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy when the
center or institute is established at the level of a
college or school or through their respective dean or
institute director when located within a college or
Process for Establishing New Institutes and Centers
process of establishment shall be under the general
direction of the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy. The establishment process involves
the following steps:
proposer of an institute or center must prepare a
document that addresses the following topics:
Definition of the research area: This should provide
the educated lay reader with a clear grasp of the
scope of research to be undertaken as well as a
sense of its future directions.
Intrinsic merit Whether scientific, engineering,
artistic or public policy, is the research of high
quality and is it of real significance to society?
Feasibility: Does Drexel University have the competence,
or should it hire the talent, to be involved in
this area of research at a level where it can achieve
national and international recognition?
Impact: Does the research have direct relevance
to the academic program and for coupling with other
faculty research interests?
Competition: Are others working on the topic to
any great extent? If the field is already crowded,
does Drexel have a better approach?
Position: Is the University advantageously situated
(or at least not disadvantageously) to undertake
and conduct this research?
Facilities and equipment: What facilities and equipment
are available to house and support this research?
What future needs are projected?
Personnel: List Drexel faculty, staff, and students
who will be involved with this research. List affiliated
personnel expected from other institutions.
Funding: Describe existing and expected funding
by source for research, equipment and facilities.
Project five year funding goals.
Deans and department heads of affected colleges as well
as the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy must review the document. In addition, Faculty
Senate shall be provided with the document for comment.
The Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy will transmit the written comments to the originator
for consideration. The originator may make revisions.
The Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy may invite a committee of individuals external
to the University to review the written document, meet
with the individuals involved, and inspect facilities
and equipment. They will be expected to make a report
that gives their views on the topics addressed in the
document. Final approval to establish a center or institute
will be determine by the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy after consultation with the above
with faculty and staff input and review, will develop
annual operating plans. The plans for the following
academic year shall be submitted by May 15 to the
Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy
for his/her review, comment and approval. When an
institute sponsors an educational program, the annual
operating plan shall be concurrently submitted to
the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy for his/her review, comment and approval.
The plan shall outline the goals for the year.
proposals submitted through the institute or center
may originate from any faculty or staff member at
the University, or from individuals in other affiliated
institutions. Proposals will follow the standard University
procedures for routing of proposals, with the exception
that institute and center directors will sign the
proposals after the appropriate department heads and
and centers will be expected to operate largely from
funds obtained from sponsors outside Drexel University.
will be appointed to institutes or centers by the
Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy
upon recommendation of the director and with the concurrence
of the individual department heads and deans. Appointments
will normally be for a period of three years and will
expire automatically at the end of that time. Subsequently,
reappointments may be made.
Staff and visiting researchers will be appointed
to institutes and centers by the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy upon recommendation
of the director. Such appointments will normally
be on an annual basis and subject to availability
of support funds.
will provide recommendations to the parent academic
unit, dean, and Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy for merit raises, promotion and
tenure on individuals in tenure track positions holding
appointments in the institute or center. Tenure for
faculty will be held in the parent academic unit.
portion of the indirect cost recovery on grants and
contracts submitted through the institute will be
distributed to the institute director to be used to
further develop the research program. This portion
will equal that distributed to a faculty member’s
and centers will submit an annual report to the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy commenting
on topics addressed in the proposal document and the
annual operating plan. When an institute sponsors
an educational program, the annual report shall be
concurrently submitted to the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy. The annual report
should evaluate progress toward goals.
and centers will be evaluated annually, and may be closed
at any time by the university president based on the
lack of external support. Institutes and centers will
automatically be disestablished at the end of three
years. Should the director request a review prior to
the end of this period, a document shall be prepared
following the outline specified under the process of
establishment described above. Based on an evaluation
of this document by the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Policy, the president may continue the
institute or center for a successive three- year period.