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Research Councils and Committees

In the spirit of shared governance, Saint Louis University has a variety of committees and councils to convene faculty, staff and administration around research. Below are a list of these organizations, their charges, and their most up-to-date rosters. 

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
  • Kevin Behrns, M.D., vice president of medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mike Lewis, Ph.D., acting provost
  • 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

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
  • Benjamin de Foy, Ph.D., chair, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Jeffrey Gfeller, Ph.D., chair, Psychology
  • Michael Goldwasser, Ph.D., chair, Computer Science
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Brian Boutwell, Ph.D., associate dean for Research, College for Public Health and Social Justice
  • 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
  • Paul Hauptman, M.D., associate dean for Clinical Research, School of Medicine
  • 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)
  • Heidi Ardizzone, Ph.D., chair, American Studies
  • April Trees, Ph.D., chair, Communication
  • Toby Benis, Ph.D., chair, English
  • Laura Franklin, Ph.D., chair, Fine and Performing Arts
  • Charles Parker, Ph.D., chair, History
  • Kathleen M. Llewellyn, Ph.D., chair, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Scott Ragland, Ph.D., chair, Philosophy
  • Ellen Carnaghan, Ph.D., chair, Political Science
  • Richard Colignon, Ph.D., chair, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Peter Martens, Ph.D., chair, Theology
  • Penny Weiss, 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