Research Advisory Council

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.

2019-20 Research Advisory Council

Law School

  • Ron Wright – Professor of Law Associate Dean for Research, Public Engagement, and Faculty Development

Division I

  • Patrick Toner – Philosophy

Division II

  • Susan Harlan – English

Division III

  • Chanchal Dadlani – Art

Division IV

  • Justin Esarey – Politics and International Relations, RAC Chair

Division V

  • Mike Gross – Engineering

Divinity School

  • Derek Hicks – Associate Professor of Religion and Culture

Graduate School

  • Oana Jurchescu – Physics – Associate Chair of the Physics Department

WFU Schools of Business

  • Tom Canace – Associate Professor of Accounting

Z. Smith Reynolds Library

  • Sarah Jeong – Research & Instruction Librarian – Science

Provost Fellow

  • Walter Jackson

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