The Research & Faculty Development Committee (RFDC) is part of the General Faculties Council. As the most important committee for research at CUE, one of the main roles of the RFDC is to assist in adjudication processes of awards related to research.
Who is the RFDC?
The RFDC is composed by GFC-elected members from each of the faculties at CUE. The Vice-President Academic & Provost is the Chair of the RFDC, and the Asst. Vice-President of Research is the Co-Chair. In addition, there is representation of the BMO-CIAR, the Research Ethics Board and the Office of Research Services, all in advisory, non-voting capacity. When necessary, other individuals are invited in as advisory members.
In which processes does the RFDC participate?
The RFDC provides rigorous analyses and advice on many research-related matters, being the most relevant:
- Adjudication of Internal Research Grants
- Adjudication of Student Research Grants
- Reduction in Teaching for Research Purposes Awards
- Sabbatical Leave Awards
- Policies, procedures and guidelines related to research, including funding
- Internal performance review of Research Cluster activities
How does the RFDC contribute to the Strategic Research Plan?
CUE Research is continuously evolving, as are the needs for advice and feedback from the RFDC. To further the research enterprise of CUE, and assist in achieving the goals of the 2019-2024 Strategic Research Plan, the RFDC:
- reviews and makes recommendations on policy and mechanisms for encouraging, supporting, and funding research;
- reviews and makes recommendations for institutional arrangements (such as allocation and adequacy of equipment and facilities, secretarial and technical assistance, library collection policy, etc.);
- enhances the intellectual life of Concordia University of Edmonton as a liberal arts institution by encouraging the presentation and discussion of faculty research activities; and,
- reviews applications for internal research grants, sabbatical leave and reduction-in-teaching for research purposes awards, and makes recommendations to the Vice-President Academic and Provost.