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Bethany R. Johns, Ph.D.
Director, Research Policy

Ny'lyjah Cain
Program Associate, STEM Education & Research Policy

COR Meetings

2021 COR Summer Meeting

Join us for the virtual 2021 COR Summer Meeting. The meeting will be have four sessions, each Thursday, starting on June 10 to July 1 at 1:30-3:00pm ET. Registration is required and can be completed here. Instructions will be sent to all COR members via email. Details on how to join via Zoom will be sent to your email once you register. This meeting will not be recorded. This webpage will have the most up-to-date details, including session descriptions and speakers.


Each session has been thoughtfully crafted by your fellow COR colleagues to give you the knowledge and skills to be a leader on your campus on current local, national, and global challenges facing research and higher education. We will also be celebrating the fellows in the COR Research Leader Fellowship Program and the award winners of the inaugural COR Awards

The ceremony for the Research Leader Fellowship Program will be held on June 17.

On July 1, the COR Awards & Recognition Committee will present the inaugural awards:

  • Research Response to a Community in Crisis Award
  • Leave the Ladder Down Mentoring Award

The New and Future VPR/VCR Virtual Workshop will also be virtual and follow after the summer meeting.  There will be separate information sent out on how to join the workshop.  The workshop is open to anyone who is new to the VPR/VCR role or aspires to it. More information on the workshop will be available on the COR Meetings webpage.

Please contact Bethany Johns or Ny’lyjah Cain if you have any questions.  


New and Future VPR/VCR Virtual Workshop – in 3 Parts

APLU COR New and Future VPR/VCR Virtual Workshop are back by popular demand. This year, the workshop, which is open to anyone interested in issues related to VPRs/VCRs, will be offered in 3 sessions on September 29, 30 & October 1, 2021, from 1:30-3:00 pm ET each day. The goal of this workshop is to provide a comprehensive overview of the VPR/VCR's role, opportunities, and challenges. These workshops will cover an array of topics. 

September 29 1:30-3:00 pm ET
Session Title: “So – you’re the Vice President for Research”

Session Facilitator: Dr. Mark McLellan, University of North Texas

Session Description: This session is designed for new and “used” VPRs or AVPRs with a focus on the breadth of responsibilities of the position including updates on the pressures we all feel today. We will discuss sponsored programs management, research development, core facilities, management of centers, economic development, research compliance, FBI relationships, nation-states that act badly, business operations, the impact of False Claims Act, Government Relations, Internal Funding, and …. Keeping your head where it belongs, on your shoulders! This is a fast-paced overview peppered with actual stories of real-life experiences (names deleted as appropriate).

September 30 1:30-3:00 pm ET
Session Title: Honing federal relations skills and approaches.

Session Facilitator: Dr. Cassandra Moseley, University of Oregon

Session Description: This interactive session will focus on the basics of congressional engagement in support of research and innovation. It will include a primer on how Congress functions, federal R&D policy, and why and how VPRs engaged with Congress. This session will include real world examples as well as interactive break-out sessions. 

October 1, 1:30-3:00 pm ET
Session Title: Strategic Investments for Advancing the Research Enterprise: When to Outsource, When to Keep In-House.

Session Facilitator: Dr. Jason Carter, Montana State University

Session Description: This session will consist of a panel of VPR/VCRs that will discuss what influences their decision to invest resources externally (e.g., consulting services) vs. internally. Following an introductory panel discussion, all participants will be split out into breakout rooms to tackle 3-4 targeted questions regarding factors that influence internal vs. external investments for Sponsored Programs, Research Compliance, Technology Transfer, Core Facilities, and other areas typically within the VPR/VCR portfolio. The session will end with report-outs from various breakout groups, as well as some open discussion and concluding thoughts. 


Session I: Best Practices in building better collaborations wi24th HBCU’s, MSI’s, HSI’s, Regional Institutions, and working with Native American Tribes  

Thursday, June 10, at 1:30-3:00pm ET

Description:  Many larger institutions often look to smaller institutions that are usually more diverse in order to diversify the student pipeline at the larger institution, but fail to treat the smaller institutions are true partners. In this session you will learn about what makes a good partnership from the perspective of several different agencies that are focused on diversifying academia as to how to build true and lasting partnerships that accomplish this goal.


  • Ivory Toldson, Quality Education For Minorities (QEM) Networl
  • Debasis Majumdar, NSF program manager of the Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)
  • David Gulley, Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
  • Al Kuslakis, Senior Associate for Strategic Initiatives at American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)



Session II: Vice Presidents/Chancellors for Research are Helping to Build the Diversity Pipeline: New approaches to increasing diversity and inclusion in academic leadership   

Thursday, June 17, at 1:30-3:00pm ET

Description: Many, if not most, universities struggle to engage students in STEM related majors. The paucity of graduates who are STEM literate and engaging in STEM professions is further limited by the number of students who are racially and gender diverse. A panel of Vice Presidents/Chancellors for Research who have addressed this issue both in their faculty roles and as leaders in the research community will address the issue. They will explore the role of the Vice President/Vice Chancellor for Research in building a pipeline from undergraduate student, through graduate school and university faculty. The Panel will help us answer the questions “What can we, in our role of leader, do to ensure that the pipeline is vibrant and faculty careers in STEM disciplines are sought after by underrepresented groups”? Further, “how do we mentor and encourage faculty from underrepresented groups to consider leadership roles in research administration”? “What actions can we take on our campuses and nationally to ensure a diversity and inclusivity”?


  • Peter K. Dorhout, Vice President for Research, Iowa State University
  • Rodolfo Torres, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, UC Riverside
  • Terri L. Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, UNC Greensboro
  • Willie E. May, Vice President, Research and Economic Development & Professor of Chemistry, Morgan State University


The COR Research Leader Fellowship Program Ceremony will also be held during this session.  


Session III: Longer-term impacts of the pandemic on the research enterprise: Considerations and Policies for a New and Better Tomorrow

Thursday, June 24, at 1:30-3:00pm ET

Description: Panelists will focus on the longer-term impact of the pandemic on four aspects of the research enterprise.

Impacts of the pandemic on graduate students. The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) conducted a national survey of COVID impacts on graduate students and graduate education. How can we best help our graduate students in their research endeavors going forward?

Pandemic impacts on research by discipline and university programs to address these impacts going forward. Ohio State conducted a comprehensive survey of all faculty researchers to determine how the pandemic had differentially affected disciplinary areas and faculty demographics and collected information about programs that could best address those impacts. What programs resonate the most with faculty researchers?

Financial impacts of the pandemic on research support and infrastructure. The pandemic has created financial issues and budget cuts for many universities. These financial impacts have been especially severe at smaller regional institutions. What can universities do to overcome these shortfalls?

Level the playing field for research institutions of all sizes using new tools from the pandemic, such as remote work and virtual interactions. The increasing availability of remote work and virtual interactions may be a feature of the research landscape going forward. How might these trends create opportunities for regional and smaller institutions in broadening the research enterprise?


  • Debra Stewart, National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
  • Jan Weisenberger, Ohio State University
  • Terri Goss Kinzy, Western Michigan University
  • Joseph Whittaker, Jackson State University



Session IV: Re-globalizing the Research Enterprise: Opportunities and Challenges

Thursday, July 1, at 1:30-3:00pm ET.

Description: A myriad of factors has conspired to slow or in many cases, shut down international collaborations. What can and should the research community be doing to re-engage or even start new international partnerships? This session will be a conversation with our North American Zone of Knowledge partners from Canada and Mexico on from their perspectives on best practices in developing international partnerships. Our colleagues from the Commission on International Initiatives (CII) will be invited to join us at this session as we discuss what makes a good partnership, challenges in partnering with Canada and Mexico, and learn about successful partnerships to model.

During this session, the COR Awards & Recognition Committee will present the inaugural awards: 

  • Research Response to a Community in Crisis Award
  • Leave the Ladder Down Mentoring Award


  • TBD


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Special Thanks

Thank you to the COR Meetings Program Committee, led by Melanie Page, Assistant Vice President for Creative and Scholarly Activities at West Virginia University, and Andres Gil, Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Dean of the University Graduate School, for all their hard work bringing together a diverse and inclusive group of volunteers to plan this year’s meeting.

Thank you to the COR Awards & Recognition Committee led by Kenneth W. Sewell, Vice President for Research at Oklahoma State University, and Elizabeth A. Klonoff, Vice President for Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at University of Central Florida, for their hard work and dedication charting the way for COR to recognize the important contribution of our fellow COR members and APLU institutions.

Please contact Bethany Johns if you would like to join the COR Meetings Program Committee or the COR Awards & Recognition Committee.

Thank you to the COR Research Leader Fellowship Program team for continuing to lead this important program. Thank you to everyone who applied for the program this year and those who volunteered to help review applications. Please contact the program coordinators Alicia Knoedler or Jane Strasser for more information.


2021 COR Conversations

COR Conversations are monthly events for members to learn and discuss current events, policy actions, or any emerging issues, questions, or concerns. These events will start on Thursday, 4 February, at 1:30-3:00pm ET, then every four weeks after. In 2021, the COR Conversations are planned until the COR Summer Meeting.  The calls are planned for at least one hour and at most 1.5 hours.   

2021 COR Conversations Program: 

February 4 – What Can and Should the Vice President / Vice Chancellor For Research Do to Promote an Anti-bias Culture on Your University Campus?, led by the COR Safe and Inclusive Working Group

March 4 – Presentation and discussion on the National Science Board's (NSB) Vision 2030, led by Victor R. McCrary, Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs at the University of the District of Columbia and NSB Vice Chair

April 1 – Discussion on the continued effects due to COVID-19, including closing campus, scheduling vaccinations, permanent and temporary changes in operation strategies, and more. Please click here for the slides and video

April 29 – An opportunity exists to move the U.S. research enterprise into pioneering modes of operation.  Improving translation of basic and applied research into usable products and services is a major barrier to advancing the enterprise.  This session will explore translation models and other key strategies for building a sustainable and resilient research enterprise.

May 27 – TBA


Past Meetings

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