Texas Tech and TTU Health Sciences Center recently named new vice presidents of research as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen and increase their dedication to developing research projects, achieve “Tier One” research status, and position themselves in line with other institutions in the Association of American Universities.
TTU Health Sciences Center has announced that Michael Conn will begin his tenure there as VP of research on December 1st, while a month later, Robert Duncan will take up his post at Texas Tech in the same position. Both men bring to their new jobs extensive experience in overseeing academic research projects. Mr. Conn has worked at Oregon Health and Science University as the director of research advocacy while Dr. Duncan served at the University of Missouri in the position of vice chancellor or research. The former has also been hired to be an associate provost and a professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine and hopes to encourage open lines of communication between TTUHSC and Texas Tech.
According to an article in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, these two appointment are meant to directly further Texas Tech’s efforts to beef up their research projects:
In 2012, Tech was declared eligible to receive money from the state’s National Research University Fund. That year, the Tech system spent about $200 million total on research. The role of the vice president of research differs according to institution, but in most cases it is concerned with ensuring that research projects are compliant with laws and ethics codes stated in their contracts.
Conn has also committed himself to increasing the size and quality of faculty at the school, while Dr. Duncan hopes to also encourage communication and to help the schools’ different faculties to pool resources and brainpower while focusing on excelling in research areas that Texas Tech is already successful in such as wind energy.