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Overall Score 49.13
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Submission Date Jan. 15, 2013
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Auburn University
ER-19: Interdisciplinary Research in Tenure and Promotion

Status Score Responsible Party
-- 0.00 / 2.00 Nanette Chadwick
Director, Academic Sustainability Programs
Biological Sciences

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Auburn University does not yet have a specific policy regarding the consideration of interdisciplinary research during faculty promotion and tenure decisions. However, the university actively promotes interdisciplinary research by faculty through 3 avenues:

Firstly, the Office of the Vice President for Research explicitly supports interdisciplinary research through its activities, as described in the following statement published at https://fp.auburn.edu/vpr/

“Research, a cornerstone of Auburn University’s tripartite mission, impacts the quality of our instruction, outreach and service endeavors. Research at Auburn today provides a portal to discovering new knowledge, advancing scholarship, and propelling economic development. The breadth of research activities across Auburn influences and enriches the lives of the citizens of the state of Alabama, the nation and the world.

The Office of the Vice President for Research fosters and promotes the research enterprise and scholarly activity at Auburn by ensuring that faculty, staff and students receive the assistance and support necessary to engage in a wide range of research activities. The OVPR offers essential and strategic expertise to support all aspects of sponsored activities including research compliance, proposal development and pre-award services, interdisciplinary and new program development, and guidance on conceptualizing and protection of intellectual property.”

Secondly, the Auburn University Intramural Grants Program funds only interdisciplinary research, especially faculty projects on energy, environment, and transportation: https://fp.auburn.edu/vpr/iga/igp/IGP%20forms/2012-13%20AU-IGP%20Program%209-17-2012%20v1.pdf

Thirdly, the Auburn University Environmental Institute specifically supports multi-disciplinary research, as described in the following statement published at http://auei.auburn.edu:

“The mission of the Auburn University Environmental Institute (AUEI) is to serve the state, nation, and global community by providing leadership and coherence in all university areas of environmental instruction, research, and extension/outreach. The goal of the Environmental Institute is to promote, coordinate, and implement multi-disciplinary programs and activities to meet the environmental needs of the University, state, and nation.”

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