Sponsored Programs Initiative Launches

In August, a report summarizing the diagnostic phase of the Magis Operational Excellence Program was released to the SLU community. (Skip to page 31 for an overview of the focus areas that MOE will address over time.)  One focus area is sponsored research/programs — the processes and structures that enable faculty to pursue funding and manage grants.   

New Initiative Team: Sponsored Programs

The Sponsored Programs Initiative Team seeks to design a university-wide approach to sponsored program support that provides effective and consistently high levels of customer-focused service.  The team will review and recommend improvements to processes and resources across the spectrum of support: funding identification, pre-award, award set-up, award management, and award closeout.  This work will address faculty development and mechanisms for cross-campus collaboration. While an environment that supports all types of scholarship is essential for the growth and development of the university and its faculty, this team will focus on activity funded by external organizations, such as government agencies, foundations and corporations.  The Sponsored Programs Initiative Team will seek input and expertise from many stakeholders through a variety of methods, such as interviews, focus groups, community forums and surveys.

The team members were selected by Provost Nancy Brickhouse and CFO David Heimburger to provide diverse work experience and perspective as well as coordinate with existing leadership groups, such as School of Medicine Research Planning Committee and Faculty Senate Advisory Committee on Research and Scholarship. The team members are:

Sponsors

  • Enrico DiCera, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine
  • Riyadh Hindi, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research, Professor of Civil Engineering, Parks College

Project Manager

  • Matt Christian, Associate Vice President, Office of Vice President for Research

Faculty

  • Lorri Glover, Ph.D., Bannon Endowed Chair of History and Co-Chair Faculty Senate Advisory Committee on Research and Scholarship
  • Scott Martin, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry
  • Thomas Burris, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Daniel Hoft, MD, PhD, Adorjan Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases, Allergy and Immunology and Director of Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology, Departments of Internal Medicine & Molecular Microbiology

Staff

  • Alexis Bruce-Staudt, M.S.W., Director of Research Services, College for Public Health and Social Justice
  • Stephen Schmidt, Director, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Blythe A. Burkhardt, J.D., Associate General Counsel

Questions

Do you have a question about the Magis Operational Excellence program or the Sponsored Programs initiative team? Check out the online FAQs. Send us an email at magisoperationalexcellence@slu.edu or fill out the feedback form on the program website.  Or, reach out to any initiative team project manager or member with ideas, concerns, or questions.

Offer Your Expertise

Do you have a expertise to offer the Sponsored Programs initiative team? Contact project manager Matt Christian (mchristian@slu.edu) or send us an email at magisoperationalexcellence@slu.edu.  You can also fill out the feedback form on the program website and we will add your name to the list of important stakeholders who have knowledge, expertise or ideas about improving the processes that lead to successful sponsored programs.

Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to read this message.  We are grateful for all of the feedback we have received since MOE began in February.  It has been instrumental in guiding the diagnostic phase (and report).  Keep it coming, please. 

Your program coordinators,

Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., M.S.
Associate Professor

Mickey Luna, J.D.
Vice President, Human Resources


Launched in February 2016, Magis Operational Excellence is an institution-wide initiative designed to make SLU more efficient and effective, and identify opportunities for increased revenue and growth — all to enable the priorities identified in the University's strategic plan. The program stems from Initiative Five of our strategic plan that calls for us foster a culture of excellence, effectiveness and efficiency deeply rooted in our institutional mission and Catholic, Jesuit values.