Research Advisory Council

Mission Statement

The Research Advisory Council (RAC) is constituted by the Provost’s Office, directly through the Associate Provost for Research. To facilitate RAC effectiveness, the Associate Provost explicitly desires autonomy for this committee. Wake Forest University broadly defines research to include all creative and scholarly work driven by a quest for new knowledge. The heart of the University is the process of generating, disseminating, and critiquing such work; it does so partly in the service of the critical ethical obligation of a society to solve societal problems and address cultural concerns. Although research and teaching are separable in concept, they often become intertwined in practice, especially at Wake Forest, where teaching and research are both highly valued by the faculty. This has three implications for the mission of RAC. First, RAC considers and advises about research in the unique Wake Forest context of highly valued teaching and the spirit of Pro Humanitate. Second, RAC fosters the clear conceptual distinction of research from teaching, so that research does not get lost in the overlap. Last, as the RAC considers various research issues, it is more concerned with policy than administration.

The primary responsibilities of the RAC are thus to:

  • advocate for improved university infrastructure in support of research,
  • facilitate communication between and among faculty and administrative offices on matters of importance to research,
  • advise administrative offices and faculty on matters of importance to research,
  • support the activities of the Associate Provost for Research,
  • come to faculty opinions regarding issues of importance to research, and
  • provide a forum for faculty who are actively and productively committed to research.

2018-2019 Council

Law School
Gregory Parks, Professor of Law Associate Dean of Research, Public Engagement, and Faculty Development

Division I
Emily Austin – Philosophy

Division II
Susan Harlan – English

Division III
Chanchal Dadlani – Art

Division IV
Christian Waugh – Psychology

Division V
Mike Gross – Engineering

Divinity School
John Senior – Director of the Art of Ministry and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Leadership

Graduate School
Oana Jurchescu – Physics – Associate Chair of the Physics Department

WFU Schools of Business
Michelle Roehm – Vice Dean of Faculty and Board of Visitors – Professor of Marketing

Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Molly Keener – Director of Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication – Chair for 2018-19

Provost Fellow
Jayson Pugh