The centerpiece of the university’s strategic plan, “Forward THINKING”, is its emphasis on building interdisciplinary initiatives. “We will establish powerful alliances and enrich our core strengths.” The plan identified several cross-cutting areas of existing or potential strength in research and scholarship that address topics of broad importance to society and present opportunities for distinction.
The University Strategic Plan identified several cross-cutting areas of existing or potential strength in research and scholarship that address topics of broad importance to society and present opportunities for distinction. (Click to access the alliance website.)
By working with the schools and each other, the alliances are expected to move the University from the current level of activity to one that more fully engages faculty, students and staff at the local, national and international levels.
Under the leadership of Bob Miller, the university's new vice president for research, the Council of Alliances has been discussing its future and how it can be transformative and bring distinction to the university. The council's first phase of activity focused primarily on cross-school initiatives and competition for investment funding from the provost. The council is now looking at accessibility, sustainability, and new cross-alliance initiatives to add value during the next phase. If you have suggestions for the alliances, send them to Bob Miller or Chris Ash.
Robert Miller, Vice President for Research (Chair)
Culture, Creativity & Design - John Orloch (Interim)
Energy - Iwan Alexander and Kenneth Singer
Ethics - Shannon French
Human Health - Alan Levine
Infectious Disease - Robert Salata
Informatics - G.Q. Zhang
Materials - Stuart Rowan and John Lewandowski
Origins - Glenn Starkman
Social Justice - Rhonda Williams