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Goal 3Invest Strategically in Research to Spur Economic Growth

Objective A

Pursue strategic collaborations, including economic development and cross-disciplinary research opportunities.

Collaborations and partnerships facilitated by each college, including:

  • University's Business Gateway established in Innovation Research Park (IRP).
  • The Center for Innovative Transportation Solutions (CITS) established in Town Center, City of Virginia Beach, & 2012 University Transportation Centers 'Tier 1' grant.
  • Interdisciplinary Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) launched in 2010.
  • The Life in Hampton Roads survey.
  • Establishment of the Center for Educational Partnerships and Teacher Immersion Residency (ODU-TIR) Project. The Center for Educational Partnerships (TCEP) was established and awarded a $25million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant.
  • TEAMS (Teaching, Education, and Awareness for Military-connectedtudents) initiative, a collaboration between DCOE and Newport News Public Schools
  • CoHS: Established a Center for Global Health with Physicians for Peace and Operation Smile as partners
  • Funding to support study of potential partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) to create the Commonwealth's first School of Public Health.
  • New articulation agreements with Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in computer science and computer engineering, and other STEM areas.
  • MOU with Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School (NNAS) to launch BS Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering cohorts 2013 or 2014.

Each college collaborated with public, private, corporate, and/or nonprofit agencies to spur economic growth and provide applications for research. High-profile developments include:

Objective B

Hire and retain research active faculty

Part I: Establish endowed chairs and other endowments that support retention and recruitment of top research faculty in identified strategic research areas.

  • Establishment of Sentara Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research, for which a search is in progress.
  • Funding for the Bioelectrics Research Program.
  • The Center for Educational Partnerships (TCEP) hired research associates.
  • ED's Investing in Innovation (i3) project.
  • Support for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA).
  • Slover funds support the salaries of at least two tenured faculty members in the Ocean Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) department annually.
  • Since 2009-10, a net gain of more than 60 tenured and tenure-track instructional faculty positions; start-up packages for these positions provided and/or increased for all six colleges.
  • Critical Issues Fund annually supports research initiatives critical to Hampton Roads, including the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) and Life in Hampton Roads Survey
  • Efforts are underway to establish an Endowed Professorship in Maritime/Supply Chain Management, an Endowed Professorship in Accounting, and colleges have included requests for Endowed Chairs in their Development Plans
  • The Endowed Chair in Bioelectrics ($2 million) will focus on heart research in partnership with Sentara; $2.6 mil additional funds raised for Bioelectrics Research
  • TCEP established and filled two additional research associate positions
  • $1.1 million will match a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education - Investment in Innovation
  • Dr. Kent Carpenter of Biological Sciences leads the international effort for Global Marine Species Assessment
  • Slover funding supports two faculty positions in OEAS and graduate student research efforts
  • Over five years, 160 new tenure-track faculty were hired and provided start-up packages; each academic college and the Research Foundation participated in new tenure track
  • $500,000 for research initiatives critical to Hampton Roads: CCSLRI and SSRC

Part II: Assist faculty to increase research output by evaluating, and adjusting as necessary (a) faculty workload policies and practices, including graduate student supervision; and (b) departmental staff support in departments or programs that have high research and/or graduate program commitments.

  • Three colleges (CBPA, BCET, & CoHS) developed faculty workload guidelines.


  • Three academic colleges unable to make workload adjustments, aside from those associated with new hire start-up packages, due to funding issues.
  • Faculty Activity System implemented, strengthening ability to analyze, evaluate and adjust workloads.

Objective C

Enhance the resources available to support research areas of excellence

Part I: Identify and widely promote our current and potential research areas of excellence, and those that deserve continuing support. Review, revise or formalize as necessary, and implement criteria for establishing, supporting, and phasing out of Centers, Institutes, and external Partnerships.

Seed funding for multidisciplinary research includes SEECR and MSF, with $292,588 expended for these two in FY13. There are two single-investigator programs with $114,950 expended in FY13.

  • The National Center for System of Systems (NCSOSE) was elevated to the status of enterprise center.
  • Industrial and Scientific Research Center established by the STEMP Department in partnership with Business Gateway.
  • Established Maritime & Supply Chain Management area within IT/Decision Sciences and named an area coordinator; funding approved for a new tenure track position.
  • Improved total R&D ranking among all public institutions (moving ahead 35 positions to 146) and among those without medical schools (moving ahead by 16 positions to 55).
  • Overall Research and Development funding
  • Establishment of a university-wide Center in support of CCSLRI; new director hired and Center to be set up June 2013.

Part II: Review all research support areas for improvements in efficiency, including the allocation, upkeep, and enhancement of physical facilities needed for research purposes.

  • DCOE upgrades for research work
  • ITS upgrades of the HPC Mass Storage and a migration of data from old to new systems underway.
  • Committees formed to coordinate renovations and repairs to the OCNPS building, and plan for a new Biology/Chemistry building.
  • $3.5 million raised to support a new Art Building and Studio Art Building
  • Expansion of Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Building to support scholarly work on visual and creative arts
  • Final stages of construction approval for a new building to house the DCOE
  • A Master Plan process was launched to review all of the university's physical facilities.
  • DCOE created two TeachLive Labs, repurposed two classrooms to serve as graduate research computer lab and as a Career and Academic Resource Center (CARC); a Dissertation Defense Seminar Room has also been set up.
  • ODU Master Plan

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