At the UNCG Office of Research and Economic Development, we foster excellence and continued growth in the areas of research, economic development, creative activity, and community engagement. Together, the organizations under the UNCG Research umbrella create the infrastructure we need to achieve distinction in research and scholarship across all disciplines. These organizations include the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of Research Integrity, the Office of Innovation Commercialization, the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, Government Relations, and eight Campus-Wide Interdisciplinary Centers.
The UNCG Research site both promotes our activities to the outside world and serves as an important resource for our own faculty and student researchers. In addition to providing information on various UNCG research entities, available funding, and institutional data, the UNCG Research site hosts Researcher Zone, a comprehensive collection of tools to support faculty, staff, and students in their research, scholarship, and creative activities.
Dr. Terri L. Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
Mr. Jerry McGuire, Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Dr. Valera Francis, Director for the Office of Sponsored Programs
Ms. Cristy McGoff, Interim Director for the Office of Research Integrity
Ms. Lisa Goble, Director for the Office of Innovation Commercialization
Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom, Special Assistant for University Research Projects
Dr. Emily M. Janke, Special Assistant, Institute for Community and Economic Engagement
UNCG created the Office of Research in 1999 to report to the Provost in the Division of Academic Affairs. As the newly-established Associate Provost for Research (APR), Dr. Peter Alfonso directed this office. In the spring of 2001, Dr. Rosemary Wander replaced Alfonso, first as an Interim APR and then, in August 2002, as the second APR to head the Office of Research. At this time, the name of the unit changed to the Office of Research and Public/Private Sector Partnerships, reflecting the broadening mission of the office.
In 2006, through the efforts of the office, our administration, and our faculty, UNCG achieved Carnegie Foundation classification as a comprehensive doctoral research university with “high research activity.” UNCG also received recognition from the Carnegie Foundation in 2008 in the Community Engagement classifications of 1) curricular engagement and 2) outreach and partnerships.
In recognition of our growing roles and responsibilities, UNCG expanded our unit in 2009 into the Office of Research and Economic Development, which was to be led by a Vice Chancellor. After filling the position as an Interim for a year, Dr. Terri Shelton took the helm in 2010 as the first UNCG Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.
The Office of Research and Economic Development provides support and strategic direction to faculty, staff and students for research and creative endeavors resulting in scholarship, innovation, economic development, and community engagement. Fostering a culture of research integrity, the Office promotes a vigorous and robust learning environment, supports innovation, and facilitates reciprocal partnerships that transform the public research university for the 21st century, making a difference in the lives of students and the communities it serves.