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Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC)

Overview

The Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC) was founded in May 2012, with the primary intention of organizing and energizing the research community around optimizing the pre- and post-award processes at the University of Michigan.

Following are lists of the members of each of the RAAC committees:

1. RAAC Executive Committee 

The RAAC Executive Committee (EC) establishes the framework and sets the tone for the overall RAAC.

Co-Chair: Debbie Talley
Sponsored Programs

Co-Chair: Daryl Weinert
U-M Office of Research (UMOR)

Chris Allan
ISR (Chair, RAAC Metrics)

Judy Carrillo
Medical School (Chair, RAAC Training)

Linda Chadwick
College of Literature, Science & the Arts
[Term ends: June 30, 2019]

Chris DeVries
ORSP; Sponsored Programs

Linda Forsyth
College of Engineering
[Term ends: June 30, 2018]

Cathy Handyside
Information & Technology Services
[Term ends: June 30, 2019]

Teresa Herrick
Ross School of Business (Liaison, Small Schools &
Colleges Research Administrators Group - ( SSCRAG )
[
Term ends: June 30, 2019]

Rebecca O'Brien
School of Information (Chair, RAAC Communications)
[Term ends: June 30, 2018]

Heather Offhaus
Medical School (Chair, RAAC Process)
[Term ends: June 30, 2017]

Craig Reynolds
Yvonne Sturt
ORSP
[Term ends: June 30, 2018]

Greg Tewksbury
Institute for Social Research
[Term ends: June 30, 2019]

TBD
U-M Office of Research (UMOR) Research Units

Bryan VanSickle
Sponsored Programs
[Term ends: June 30, 2017]
 

2. The RAAC Faculty Advisory CouncilBack to the Top

The purpose of the Faculty Advisory Council is to include a faculty voice on issues affecting research administration and to support ongoing efforts to reduce the faculty burden in research administration. 

Chair: Jeffrey McMahon
College of Literature, Science & the Arts - Physics

Andre Boehman
College of Engineering

Marisa Conte
Health Sciences Library (RPC member)

Francine Dolins
U-M Dearborn (RPC member)

Kathryn Eaton
Medical School - Microbiology & Immunology
(RPC member)

Sarah Fenstermaker
College of Literature, Sciences, & the Arts - 
Women's Studies, Institute for Research on 
Women and Gender (IRWG)

Matthew Heinicke
U-M Dearborn

Ken Kollman
Institute for Social Research (RAD member)

Nicolai Lehnert
College of Literature, Sciences, & the Arts -
Chemistry

Doug Richstone
College of Literature, Sciences, & the Arts -
Astronomy (RAD member)

Melanie Sanford
College of Literature, Sciences, & the Arts -
Chemistry

Russell Taichman
School of Dentistry (RAD member)

3. The RAAC Communications SubcommitteeBack to the Top

The RAAC Communications Subcommittee plans and executes the Research Administrators Network (RAN) meetings; identifies and assesses the communication methods currently used at U-M for research administration; recommends best practices by topic, purpose and or method; and works to develop improved systems that support robust, consistent and effective communications within the research administration community.

Chair: Rebecca O'Brien
School of Information (Chair, RAAC Communications)
beckyobr@umich.edu

Jeff Alber
ORSP

Kellie Buss
ORSP

Constance Colthorp
ORSP; Sponsored Programs

Lori Deromedi
Office of Research, Compliance

Chris DeVries
ORSP; Sponsored Programs

Carrie Disney
School of Social Work

Nicole Dyer
College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Lisa Kisabeth
College of Engineering, Naval Arch & Marine Dept.

Dean Michalak
Sponsored Programs

Brenda Phillips
Medical School

Pat Turnbull
UM-Dearborn Research & Sponsored Programs

Corey Turner
College of Engineering, Naval Arch & Marine Dept.

Tina Wells
Institute for Social Research

4. The RAAC Metrics SubcommitteeBack to the Top

The RAAC Metrics Subcommittee seeks to identify effective and efficient metrics that will provide measurable data for strategic and tactical decision-making. Strategic metrics are those that would be used for strategic planning and management decisions by Unit, College, VP or University leadership. Tactical metrics are those to guide/plan/improve day-to-day operations.

Chair:  Chris Allan
Institute for Social Research
cjallan@umich.edu

Steve Beach
College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Brandi Berg
College of Literature, Science & the Arts

John Cristiano
UM-Dearborn Research & Sponsored Programs

Chris DeVries
ORSP; Sponsored Programs

Laura Dickey
ORSP

Linda Forsyth
College of Engineering

Jeff Longe
ORSP

Adam Mall
Sponsored Programs

Mike Randolph
Information & Technology Services

Joel Scharboneau
School of Nursing

Bryant Sheppard
Medical School

5. The RAAC Process SubcommitteeBack to the Top

The RAAC Process Subcommittee seeks to identify and promote changes to research administration processes to benefit the Research Administration community, including pre and post-award and related compliance. The subcommittee will also serve as a resource to central offices on initiatives that need limited input or intermediate feedback. 

Chair: Heather Offhaus
Medical School
hmills@umich.edu

Meenu Baxendale
School for Environment and Sustainability

Elizabeth Brant
Medical School

John Cristiano
UM-Dearborn Research & Sponsored Programs

Kerri Cross
Institute for Social Research

Chris DeVries
ORSP; Sponsored Programs

Victoria Devulder
College of Pharmacy

Stephanie Ford
College of Engineering

Teresa Herrick
Ross School of Business

Melissa Karby
School of Dentistry

Terri Maxwell
ORSP

Anthony Nielsen
ORSP

Carolyn Pappas
Information & Technology Services

Danielle Smith
Life Sciences Institute

Anne Thomson
College of Literature, Sciences & Arts

Bryan VanSickle
Sponsored Programs

6. The RAAC Training SubcommitteeBack to the Top

The RAAC Training Subcommittee will inventory and assess current training programs available within and beyond the U-M research administration community. The subcommittee will conduct needs analyses to identify training gaps and suggest training to be developed using a variety of training delivery modes. The subcommittee will also provide advice and counsel to the ORSP/Sponsored Programs Training Manager. 

Chair: Judy Carrillo
Medical School
jlcarril@umich.edu

Kim Angelopoulos
College of Literature, Sciences & Arts

Lori Deromedi
Office of Research, Compliance

Chris DeVries
ORSP; Sponsored Programs

Emily Hamilton
Medical School (Surgery)

Cathy Handyside
Information & Technology Services

Tricia Haynes
ORSP

Amy Holihan
ORSP

Sue Kelch
Medical School (Kresge Hearing Research Institute)

Patrick Lagua
School of Dentistry

Mindy LaRocca
School of Public Health

David Mulder
ORSP; Sponsored Programs

Kristina Oberly
College of Engineering

Susan Powell
College of Engineering

Cathy Seay-Ostrowski
Biomedical Engineering

Amanda Simon
Sponsored Programs

Pat Turnbull
UM-Dearborn Research & Sponsored Programs

7. The RAAC (committee-at-large)Back to the Top

The RAAC committee-at-large has two representatives from each school, college, unit, Institute, including UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint and the research-related central offices.

Architecture and Urban Planning,
Taubman College of
Sandra Patton 

Art & DesignSchool of
Mahendra Kumar

Business, Ross School of 
Teresa Herrick

DentistrySchool of 
Melissa Karby
Patricia Schultz

EducationSchool of 
Stephanie Hensel
Nate Phipps

EngineeringCollege of 
Linda Forsyth
Karen Durigon

Environment and Sustainability,
School for
Meenu Baxendale
Li Yong

InformationSchool of 
Becky O'Brien

Institute for Social Research
Kerri Cross
Diane Winter

KinesiologySchool of
Elizabeth Tropiano

Life Sciences Institute
Anna Schork
Danielle Smith

Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of 
Linda Chadwick
Heather Kraus

 

Medical School
Beth Brant
Jane Sierra

Music, Theatre & DanceSchool of 
TBD

Nursing, School of 
Karen Kirchner

PharmacyCollege of
Victoria Devulder
Janet Mitchell

Public HealthSchool of 
Yvonne Barber

Public PolicyFord School of 
Alex Thebaud
Julie Haynes

Social WorkSchool of 
Scott Stanfill

UM-Dearborn Research
& Sponsored Programs

John Cristiano
Pat Turnbull

UM Flint
Amalie Helms
Ken Sylvester

Business Engagement Center (BEC)
Stella Wixom

Foundation Relations
Maureen Martin

ITS - Application and Information Services
Cathy Handyside
Mary Locey

Shared Services Center
Stacy Orban

Sponsored Programs
Kristie Beckon
Peter Gerard
Debbie Talley
Bryan VanSickle

Office of Research and Sponsored
Projects (ORSP)

*Constance Colthorp
*Chris DeVries
*David Mulder

Craig Reynolds
Yvonne Sturt 

UMOR Research Units
Kathy Devereux
Niki Vick

U-M Office of Research (UMOR)
Lois Brako
Lori Deromedi
David Lampe
Daryl Weinert

Technology Transfer, Office of (TechTransfer)
Drew Bennett
Mutsumi Yoshida 

*denotes a dual appointment with Sponsored Programs and ORSP

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FAQs

The Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC) was founded in May 2012, with the the primary intention of organizing and energizing the research community around the concept of optimizing the pre- and post-award processes at the University of Michigan.

The mission of the RAAC is to effectively coordinate the efforts of ORSP, Sponsored Programs, and the research administration community within the schools and colleges to identify issues, develop solutions, and adopt best practices in the research administration arena.

The RAAC is comprised of seven groups:

  1. RAAC Executive Committee
  2. RAAC Faculty Advisory Council
  3. RAAC Communications Subcommittee
  4. RAAC Metrics Subcommittee
  5. RAAC Process Subcommittee
  6. RAAC Training Subcommittee
  7. The RAAC (committee-at-large)

A full-time project manager, reporting to ORSP and Sponsored Programs, coordinates the work of the seven groups. The project manager serves as a conduit to avoid duplication of effort and helps to prioritize recommendations and ensure that initiatives and outcomes are tracked and documented.

RAN refers to our Research Administrators' Network (RAN) meetings -- networking meetings which are held three times a year and are planned and executed by the RAAC Communications Subcommittee.

References and Resources

Other U-M Campus Workshops and Training

  • Communications Best Practices

    Communication Best Practices is a two-part guide to post at your desk with:

    • Part 1: General Tips  
    • Part 2: U-M Research Administration Tips -  (Help determine when to Post a Comment, when to Request ORSP Action, when to pick up the phone, and more. )

    Download and print both!

Questions?

Chris DeVries, Project Manager for the RAAC, (734) 763-7343, cdevrie@umich.edu