Research Advisory Council (RAC)

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) serves as an advisory council to the Provost on all matters related to research, creativity and scholarly activity.

Partnerships for Emerging Research Institutions: Report of a Workshop


RAC Mission
The RAC will advise the Provost in matters pertaining to research, applied research, and service in keeping with the University’s overall mission statement . .

“As a regional comprehensive university, Plymouth State University serves New Hampshire and New England by preparing well-educated graduates; by offering ongoing opportunities for graduate education and professional development; and by extending to communities partnership opportunities for cultural enrichment and economic development. In each of these roles, Plymouth State University has a special commitment of service to the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire” (from the PSU Strategic Plan, 2007).

and further:

“Achieve excellence and high quality in all academic programs, research, outreach, and community and partnership activities by supporting faculty in the pursuit of the highest quality teaching, service, research and scholarly work and staff as they work to reach institutional goals” (from the PSU Strategic Plan, 2007)

. . . toward the ultimate goal of enhancing Plymouth State University’s reputation as an externally engaged institution through teaching, research, service, and scholarly work.

Objectives :

Toward the ends stated in the RAC’s Mission Statement, the Council shall advise the Provost in her/his efforts to create a work environment where “faculty thrive in their scholarly and creative endeavors as well as service to the region and beyond.”


The following Priorities are intended to sustain an institutional paradigm that supports faculty and staff in their work environments by providing appropriate professional development opportunities.

Priority A

To design an integrated support mechanism that enhances fulfillment of the mission of a regional comprehensive university, including teaching and learning, research and creativity, service and outreach—one that dramatically streamlines the total process.

  • by coordinating the actions of those who have the responsibility for conducting, providing technical (e.g., grant writing) as well as financial assistance (e.g., purchasing, contracts, payment of salaries), sanctioning, and publicizing research and service-related endeavors—thereby limiting instances of slow communication and duplication of effort
  • by overseeing the design of a set of procedures that offer timely support and approval from the Principal Administrators for partaking in grants, contracts, and other research initiatives

Priority B

To design a process and policy that offer fiscal, physical, and human resource support for faculty and staff research, creativity, community outreach,and exceptional external service.

  • by developing a set of procedures for engaging in research and service-related endeavors
  • by developing criteria for a Research Development Grants application and review processes
  • by developing criteria for other research grant and review processes, as needed

Priority C

To design a strategy for recognizing faculty research, creativity, outreach,and external service in the community, state, and beyond.

  • by developing a set of incentives to create a “culture” for research and service among faculty, students, and staff on the university campus—one that does not threaten the welfare of non-research faculty and acculturates new faculty about the expectations of a regional university

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