UNCG Research

Research Advisory Council


The Research Advisory Council (RAC) serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement.The primary purposes of RAC are to promote a positive research culture and develop strategies and infrastructure to support successful research and creative endeavors.

Members of RAC bring both unique (as agents of individual units) and common (as members of the greater research/creative community) perspectives to RAC. RAC members provide insight into and leadership for policies, practices, and procedures for expanding research opportunities and activities at the University.

Members of RAC work collaboratively with other groups such as the Faculty Senate Research Policies Committee to address issues that impact the research enterprise.


The Research Advisory Council strives to meet its purpose via multiple avenues, including:

  • Recommending and promoting structures, policies and procedures that enhance and expand research capacity
  • Proposing solutions to alleviate identified barriers to research
  • Advocating for policies and procedures that foster, support and reward research and creative activity
  • Collaborating with others involved in the research/creative enterprise to meet the research needs of faculty, staff and students
  • Providing and/or advocating for new or additional support mechanisms when research needs of faculty, staff and students are unmet
  • Sharing resources, information and best practices for research/creative activity
  • Initiating and developing infrastructure and mechanisms for sustainable interdisciplinary and collaborative research/creative endeavors
  • Acting as conduits of information and collaboration between and among campus units, centers, institutes and divisions and the greater community.

Current members

RAC is composed of the primary research administrators from each academic unit on campus (Associate Deans for Research and/or Directors of Research) and representatives from university research centers and University Libraries.

Bryan School of Business and Economics

Jeremy Bray, Professor and Department Head Economics
462 Bryan School
Email: jwbray@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-334-3910

Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships

Chris Payne. Director
Suite 200, 330 S. Greene St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Email: ccpayne@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-217-9738

College of Arts & Sciences

Stan Faeth, Interim Associate Dean for Research
112 Foust Building
Email: shfaeth@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-334-4758

The Graduate School

Kelly Burke, Vice Provost for Graduate Education
241 Mossman Building
Email: kjburke@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-334-5596

Information Technology Services

Gloria Thornton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Client Services
202 Forney Building
Email: gloria_thornton@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-256-1305

Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Daniel Herr, Professor and Nanoscience Department Chair
2907 East Lee Street, Greensboro, North Carolina, 27401
Email: djherr@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-285-2862

Office of Contracts and Grants

Bill Walters, Director
2511 MHRA Building
Email: bill_walters@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-334-5824

Office of Research and Engagement

Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

1702 MHRA Building
Email: tlshelto@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-256-0232

Lisa Goble, Export Control and COI Policy Officer

Email: lagoble@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-256-1173

Office of Research Integrity

Cristy McGoff, Director
2720 MHRA Building
Email: crmcgoff@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-334-4231

Office of Sponsored Programs

Valera Francis, Director
2704 MHRA Building
Email: vtfranc2@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-334-4919

Research Policies Committee

Leslie Davis, Chair
308 Moore Building, School of Nursing
Email: lldavis4@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-334-4900

School of Education

Terry Ackerman, Associate Dean of Research and Assessment
325 School of Education Building
Email: taackerm@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-334-3439

School of Health and Human Sciences

Cheryl Lovelady, Associate Dean for Research/Professor
237 Stone Building
Email: calovela@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-256-2475

School of Visual and Performing Arts

Tami Draves, Associate Dean
250 Music Building
Email: tjdraves@uncg.edu


George Hancock, Director of the National Center for Homeless Education
North Campus, Gateway University Research Park
5900 Summit Ave., Browns Summit, NC 27214
Email: gthancoc@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-315-7453

School of Nursing

Debra Wallace, Associate Dean for Research
210 Moore Building
Email: debra_wallace@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-256-0572

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office

Lee Phillips, Director
117 McIver Building
Email: plphilli@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-334-4622

University Libraries

Beth Berndardt, Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications
Jackson Library
Email: brbernha@uncg.edu
Phone: 336-256-1210