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UTSA announces new structure for Office of Research

UTSA announces new structure for Office of Research

NOVEMBER 30, 2023Editor’s note: The following message was sent today via email from JoAnn Browning, interim vice president of Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise, to all faculty, staff and students at UTSA:

UTSA recently affirmed its three strategic destinations with the completion of the strategic plan refresh process and presentation of the university’s long-range financial plan to the UT System Board of Regents. Upholding our commitment to becoming a great public research university, the Division of Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE) is realigning its departments to maximize efficiency, better serve our researchers and reflect best practices with our aspirant peers.

After an extensive review of the division’s current structure, we’ve identified key areas of opportunity for improvement to better support the efforts toward achieving UTSA’s strategic priorities. In partnership with external consultants, we engaged in a thorough process to identify common themes and best practices. The effort included an internal review, stakeholder feedback and external benchmarking with 20 peer models of excellence and Texas’ emerging research universities.

The review has resulted in a new structure that will be implemented on February 1, 2024 to ensure our ability to provide necessary resources and support to stakeholders and further cultivate our R1 culture. Based on feedback, areas of opportunity will focus on pre- and post-award operations, building expertise in federal research administration requirements, reducing administrative burdens to principal investigators and enhancing our national reputation within the research community.

To address these areas, UTSA’s research division will reorganize into three main departments: Research Partnerships and Strategy, Research Administration, and Faculty Research Development. This realignment will help the division advance the development of our knowledge enterprise, nurture our Carnegie R1 research environment and bolster our service-centered support system. It will also provide opportunities for new leadership roles for faculty and staff. To reflect this realignment and our Tier One research culture, we will expand under a new name: UTSA Office of Research.

As we continue building bold new paths, I want to express my deep gratitude for your ongoing support to help the Office of Research serve the entire Roadrunner community as we collectively work towards becoming a great place to learn, work and discover. 

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