Dear Lynx community,
I am writing to provide you with an update on the progress we are making on the research leadership front.
As we announced in March, Bob Damrauer, longtime professor at the University of Denver and current Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative and Special Assistant to the Provost, is returning home to the College of the Liberal Arts and of Sciences (CLAS) in a new position of Director of Collaborative Research. We are all grateful to Bob for his impact on the Office of Research Services (ORS) since 2013 and his more than 50-year career at CU Denver, and I have no doubts that he will continue to make significant contributions by mentoring faculty. and by encouraging interdisciplinarity. job.
We launched the search for CU Denver’s new Associate Vice Chancellor for Research after collecting community feedback on the position and its key characteristics this spring. I would like to thank our two Research Committee Co-Chairs, Professor Laura Argys of CLAS and Associate Professor Chris Yakacki of the College of Engineering, Design and Computer Science (CEDC), for agreeing to chair the research. Given the calendar of the academic year, we have intentionally punctuated the interviews with candidates to start in the fall, when we will benefit from our entire community back on campus. Our goal is to complete the interviews by the end of the fall and to fill the position on a permanent basis by the start of the spring semester.
As Bob assumes his new role, I have appointed CEDC Dean Marty Dunn on a temporary basis for the next few months as Research Director. Marty will continue to lead CEDC as Dean during his tenure as Interim Researcher. Marty was the founding associate director for research at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the associate dean of research at CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. As a former program director at the National Science Foundation, he understands the national R&D landscape and is adept at seeking federal funds for research, expertise that will prove invaluable to us.
In the months and years to come, we want to ensure that we maximize our research potential, especially with our emerging status as an Institution of Hispanic Service (HSI) and Institution of Service to Asian Americans and Native Americans of the United States of America. Pacific (AANAPISI) offering more possibilities for research funding. And as we state in our recently released strategic plan, we want to elevate CU Denver to national recognition as a leading public urban research university. Our research plays a big part in this effort. We will continue to push the boundaries by developing new ideas, conducting high quality research, and supporting all students, faculty and staff on their journey to create a better world.