Associate Dean Joshua Weiner

Joshua Weiner

Associate Dean for Research

Goal 1: Infuse the research mission with renewed energy and vitality

  • Strategy 1: Enhance investment in faculty development and productivity
  • Strategy 2: Promote a culture of discovery and creativity

Goal 2: Enhance the research visibility of the college

  • Strategy 1: Invest in existing and emerging areas of strength
  • Strategy 2: Increase the number of research grants and fellowships awarded to faculty, staff, and students
  • Strategy 3: Harness the collective strength of units that can make a cross-disciplinary research impact

Year Two Progress

  • Hired Grant Support Office director and several new staff; restructuring to provide better service and advancement opportunities for staff
  • All-time record grant year for CLAS: $118M in total external funding awarded; $151M in total external dollars proposed
  • Identified metrics and developed a plan to track CLAS undergraduate research experiences (with Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education)
  • Started a new BTAA Associate Deans for Research group and facilitated two meetings per semester to share best practices and learn from each other’s experiences
  • Completed major renovations and improvements to Space Place Theatre in North Hall
  • Health Sciences Academic Building design and construction underway; building will house the Departments of Health and Human Physiology and Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Non-Fiction Writing Building completed and opening Fall 2023
  • Planning completed for a major renovation of the 7th floor of Van Allen Hall to create a space science facility
  • P3 Funding allocated to begin renovations to the Performing Arts Annex building, which will house the Department of Dance
  • Represented CLAS on the Institutional Priorities SPARC team
  • Continued meetings with DEOs and departmental faculty to identify and support emerging areas of research strength

Year Three Priorities

  • Continue improvements to the Grant Support Office to promote efficiency and improve services so faculty can maintain success in external funding

  • Utilize CLAS renovation funds to upgrade to our infrastructure in selected science, arts, and humanities departments

  • Participate in ongoing design and construction projects (HSAB, PAX, VAN) to ensure new/improved homes for many CLAS departments

  • Work with interdisciplinary groups of faculty to develop emerging research strengths that cut across CLAS areas

  • Work with campus partners to deploy a new tool to replace the APR for faculty assessment and collection of college-level metrics

  • Conduct a detailed survey of CLAS space usage to identify capacity for strategic priorities and align with University guidelines and policies

  • Continue participation in SPARC committees advancing institutional areas of priority

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