UNCW's Doctoral Transition

Doctoral Transition Task Force 

The task force comprises faculty, administrators and staff who represent our colleges, schools and units.

The recent reclassification of UNCW as a Doctoral University: High Research Activity (R2) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education presents an opportunity to envision the next steps in the development of our UNCW identity, culture, and success. In striving to be the best UNCW we can be, we must work together to ensure that our ongoing evolution preserves the best of who we are and what we do best while allowing us to expand in research and doctoral education. The Doctoral Transition Task Force is an advisory unit to the Provost and Chancellor and is charged with the following:

  1. Assess the impact of UNCW's R2 status on culture, identity and current practices/processes.
  2. Assess needs across campus relative to completing (and maintaining) the transition to R2 status in the domains of teaching, research, and service.  For each of these domains, the committee will assess needs as they relate to increased expectations, resources to support new needs, additional infrastructure and business processes improvements.

The committee will summarize key findings of its investigation of the impact of the R2 transition on the campus culture and the shifting needs related to teaching, research, and service identified to support and maintain this transition. In addition, the report will include specific recommendations for ways the university can address the needs identified. For example, the committee will recommend a UNCW-appropriate mechanism for shifting faculty workload to include greater research expectations and, in some departments, growing graduate teaching.


DTTF Task Force Members

Dr. Stuart Borrett, Chair, Associate Provost for Research & Innovation

Dr. Tracy Chen, Associate Professor, CAS, MAT/STT

Dr. Chris Finelli, Dean, Graduate School

Ms. Kerri Fowler, Administrative Associate, WCE

Dr. Eman Ghoneim, Associate Professor, CAS, EOS

Mr. Carey Gibson,  Executive Director, ITS

Ms. Liz Grimes, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Ms. Lucy Holman, University Librarian, Randall Library

Dr. Nick Hudson, Associate Professor CAS, AAH & Faculty Senate Research Committee

Ms. Janine Iamunno, Chief Communications Officer, OUR

Mr. Mark Lanier, Assistant to the Chancellor, Chancellor’s Office

Dr. Shanhong Luo, Professor, CAS, PSY

Dr. Jessica Magnus, Professor, CSB, MGT

Dr. Kevin McClure, Associate Professor, WCE, EDL

Dr. Dylan McNamara, Associate Professor, CAS, PPO

Dr. Carol McNulty, Special Assistant to the Provost, Academic Affairs

Dr. Jeanine Mingé, Associate Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement

Dr. Michele Parker, Associate Professor, WCE, EDL

Dr. Noell Rowan, Associate Professor, CHHS, SWK

Dr. Fred Scharf, Professor, CAS, BMB

Mr. John Scherer, General Counsel

Dr. Pete Schuhmann, Professor, CSB, ECO

Dr. Steve Skrabal, Professor, CAS, CHM

Dr. Susan Sinclair, Co-chair and Professor, CHHS, SON

Dr. Mark Spaulding, Professor, CAS, HST

Ms. Susan Smith, Office Manager, Student Affairs 

Dr. Mike Walker, Dean of Students, Student Affairs

There are eight work groups within the task force to complete this report in a timely and effective manner:


DTTF Work Groups

Comparative Internal Data

Peer Institution Transitions  

  • Research and summarize other successful R2 institution transitions.

Communications, Questions and Context

  • Compile campus feedback and maintain this webpage and other communication channels.

Workload & Research Support

  • Consider workload issues for transition (3:3 vs 3:2) and review campus policies to define the “research active” category.  Suggest ways to improve support for and stimulate research activities on campus.

Campus Workshops and Open Forums

  • Design, lead, and facilitate information-gathering activities that allow visioning, brainstorming, consensus building.  Plan logistics and facilitate campus visits by colleagues and leaders from peer institutions. Host campus workshops to collect campus feedback.

Faculty and Staff Impact  

  • Summarize major areas of impact to faculty and staff including revisions to policies/guiding documents relating to RTP criteria, workload policy and university/departmental policies then prioritize resource needs for hiring support, new faculty, etc.

Report Planning  

  • Write and organize materials for presentation to Chancellor and Provost.