Build a research incubator and attract top researchers focused
on 21st century development which could then be commercialized
into 21st Century companies.
MU should develop a vaccine research facility. At the present
time, the US Government is looking to fund organizations who are
willing to step forward and make a commitment in this arena.
Develop virtual symposiums at which Marshall scholars and
creators can present research and works in progress and engage
in dialogue with interested colleagues.
Serve as a test-bed for techniques developed by
interdisciplinary/integrative projects (e.g. gaming and
Many studies by students and faculty have been conducted on the
Greenbottom Wetlands, north of Huntington. Compiling those
studies into a database and/or collection would be useful to
foster further research.
As an engine of economic growth MU should shift faculty focus
from committee work and teaching to research. Most states with
vibrant industry and commerce have at least two research
universities. MU does things the old way; research is the
I believe faculty talents, knowledge and skills at Marshall are
underutilized. Some of the models that can be used with the
right vision, incentives and leadership are: 1. We should be
able to generate over $200 million grants within the next 5
years. I would like to share with you the way to do it on yearly
basis, 2.We can actually start a pilot study with some faculty
to give them a contract that says you will be given the salary
you deserve but Marshall University at this time can afford this
amount and the rest you have to generate from grants. Such
approach may be helpful to reward and attract good faculty.
Set up an assistant dean for research for the COS, to organize
the many forms of undergraduate research funding and programs,
to act as an ambassador for underfunded MS programs and to
build PhD programs on this campus, something that can't happen
An annual student-faculty research (creative production) expo
would dramatically change the focus of teachers' teaching to
student and professors collaborating and learning together. It
would encourage scholarly projects and show case
Enhancing research at Marshall is greatly hindered by the lack
of reassigned time. The university needs to triple or quadruple
its funds in this area. A good way to begin would be to
reprioritize: a new weight room is ridiculous!
Fund undergraduate student research projects in science- with
supplies and stipends. Fund lab classes in science for project
based research experiences. Support Sigma Xi research day and
other presentations of student work.
Marshall must continue to identify funding sources to support
undergraduate research activities in every college/ school.
Undergraduate research is a wonderful part of the collegiate
experience here. We must find ways to increase the support .
Student research should be made visible and undergraduate
research grants should be made to allow the pursuit of research
If Marshall is serious and wants to stay competitive in
scholarly research and creative work, increase basic support!
For instance, it is absurd that art and design faculty have no
university provided studio spaces to do their own work.
There needs to be clarification of how the transition from
Teaching to Research institution will be accomplished. (the
following list is not ranked) 1.University wide teaching load
reduction (from 12-9 cr.) 2. New faculty hired with research
emphasis 3. Moving to a research focus should not include the
use of more part-time faculty 4. Research fellows on fixed term
appointments who either pursue their own grants or work under
grants that have been acquired by MU.
Marshall should ask the HEPC to ask the legislature to change
the jurisdiction of all campus police officers to full county
jurisdiction where the HEPC has property. This would stop
questions of authority and allow the schools to help local
Examining what has been successful elsewhere may help us make
good decisions here. BSC will support efforts to gather more
information if that is determined to be valuable for the
a university wide tenure and promotion plan that recognizes the
bifurcated (teaching-research) nature of Marshall Faculty.
Reward teachers for teaching; researchers for research. Many
existing plans reward neither and expect both.
Webcast all faculty development programs and presentations by
President. This will help disseminate information to all sectors
1. Find new ways to consolidate teaching to allow more time for
research (e-courses, team teaching) 2. Library resources should
be addressed to facilitate research in all disciplines. 3.
Student recruiting (undergraduate/graduate) should be a
priority. 4.Graduate and Undergraduate research and forums for
presentation should continue to be developed and implemented on
a widespread basis
15.Reward program- MU should consider rewarding those students
w/ a 3.5 or higher in some way. A gift card to the MU bookstore
in a nominal amount (like $20) would be a great incentive.
“Almost Heaven” is an idea for a Mountain-Top Removal/
Mountain-Like Recreational Facility for, by, and with people in
wheelchairs. Mountain mine shafts can grow mushrooms for export,
Trash Treasures can recycle garbage into Living Room Art. With
unleashed ingenuity, the Mountain State can see the future
inside, under, and through, like nowhere else for people who
used to be called Handicapped, who could be seen as Handy-Capped
or even Hand E-KOPPed.
Comprehensive, learner-centered educational programs that are
strengthened by breadth and depth in curricula, and appropriate
support services, will prepare learners to be innovative and to
excel in their future academic and professional pursuits. These
would be systematically reviewed by conducting periodic program
self-studies that assess learning outcomes and student success.
To improve graduation and retention rates, predictive modeling
for successful students should be deployed. For those students
at risk, we should provide safety-nets including summer programs
that bridge the gap between high school and college, common
academic themes (reading or experience) for all freshmen and
carry UNI 101 forward and include research.
We have a great opportunity with the new Biotech Center to
attract researchers from the Biopharmaceutical Industry. For
example, a Bioreactor facility for production of protein-based
therapeutics and other biopharmaceuticals will create high
MU's biggest contribution to economic development is creating an
educated workforce. Secondly, MU's ability to develop biotech
research (as one example) can integrate with efforts of HADCO to
attract biotech companies. This would be true in other areas.
Establish a Marshall Research Institute (a la Georgia Tech
Research Institute and Stanford Research Institute) in
Bio-Technology, Ecology and Life Sciences. Opportunity for
economic development and advanced study programs.
1.The concept with the greatest support should be the Biotech
aspect. This will involve students to seek degrees in sciences,
and area community members. Discovery& Innovation should take
priority, workforces are re-training every day. We are
Develop truly cleaner renewable energy--given the huge problem
(scientist in New Zealand dared to say "human extinction" within
100 years!) of global warming and the ecological destruction of
mountaintop removal, MU could really serve the community.
Let West Virginia's universities, industries, and leaders be at
the front in developing efficient small, home and business size
turbines. Subsidy money can pay West Virginians to develop clean
energy answers not outside companies to destroy our natural
beauty. A West Virginian broke the sound barrier, another
developed NASA rockets, and many are industrial leaders--we can
lead the world and develop more efficient ways to harness wind.
Challenge the technology, physic, and scientific leaders in this
state to develop a new, smaller, and more efficient turbine that
can be attached to homes and towering skyscrapers.
Marshall University can lead the way in developing the
technology to harness wind power without building 400+ foot
turbines. The world awaits smaller, more efficient turbines
similar to today's satellite dishes. Create jobs and promote
education in WV.
work to promote entrepreneurship & commercialize ideas. Don't
try to sell patents at high prices. MU will be rewarded when the
patent purchaser is cultivated and makes a large donation back
to MU. The patent isn't worth much until producing revenue.
Merge MURC and IDEA into one organization and hire a strong
entrepreneurial leader focused on obtaining more research
dollars, and then commercializing the research into 21st century
Significantly support a program in science based
entrepreneurship, leveraged with the venture capital WV already
puts into the hands of out of state venture groups Invest
locally, both by importing talented students and invest in local
Check out the link with particular emphasis on overhead
In its 125 anniversary issue, the journal Science listed the top
125 most compelling questions facing science today. The 4th
question on the list was “To What
Extent Are Genetic Variation and Personal Health Linked?”
Although we are certain that many Mendelian disorders are caused
by single gene defects, the complex genetic diseases (cancer,
atherosclerosis, neurological disease and others) have been more
difficult to unravel because they result both from multiple
genes acting in concert and from environmental effects; these
diseases are of greater medical and societal concern because
they are present are relatively high frequencies in many
populations and can have high morbidity and mortality. The
availability of the human genome sequence and complete sets of
genetic markers has begun to shed some light on the genes that
confer susceptibility to the common complex diseases.
Elucidation of these diseases brings the promise of rational
prevention and treatment based on the patient’s genetic
composition and the molecular pathology of the disease.
This research is at the center of medical research at many
universities and the molecular diagnostics and treatment
regimens that will follow must become an essential part of
clinical practice. In a Science Policy Forum, the director of
the NIH, Dr. Elias Zerhouni stated that “Solving the problems of
complex diseases from obesity to cancer will require a holistic
understanding of the interplay between factors such as genetics,
diet, infectious agents, environment, behavior, and social
structures. To devise and use the state of the art technologies
developed from the road map approach we will need the expertise
of nontraditional teams of biological scientists, engineers,
mathematicians, physical scientists, computer scientists and
others.” Marshall faculty have experience in the genetic and
statistical methods needed in this research and several funded
collaborative projects are already underway. This work should
become of one of our university’s research themes and
development of molecular diagnostics should be considered under
the areas of Economic Development and Community and Service.
Generally, the conceptualization of this degree program would
involve the study of applications and strategies for compiling
and integrating disparate, cross-disciplinary data/information
resources into coherent knowledge bases that can be exploited to
advance biomedical research and diagnostics, improving early
disease detection, treatment and prevention. Amalgamating such
data sources requires solving a large number of technical,
technological, scientific, financial, social and legal issues,
as well as approaches to developing new/novel tools that enhance
the productive use of these knowledge resources.
COHP and the university should identify focused research
priorities. Obesity is one area of consideration, as it offers
tremendous opportunities for interdisciplinary research.
The university needs a stimulating and supportive,
state-of-the-art infrastructure that includes informational,
technical, facility, and human resources. Every unit needs
common help for the pursuit, discovery, support, implementation
for of grants and contracts.
The MITR as outlined may be too ambitious at this time. The
Delaware Biotech Institute (DBI), has successfully integrated
COBRE, INBRE, EPSCoR and state monies while creating 600 jobs.
In 2005 the DBI was recognized as the Outstanding US Research
As part of the Freshwater Institute there is a great opportunity
to develop an environmental informatics program at Marshall in
collaboration with RTI, USACE, and other universities in the
Ohio River basin. There are great needs and funding in this
A” River University” with MU as a leader in freshwater research.
1.MU Faculty has demonstrated a long-standing interest in Ohio
River water quality. With outstanding faculty including Dr.
Charles Somerville and Dr. Michael Little, the university is
well positioned to take a leadership role in the area. A few
statistics put matters into perspective. W.V has more the
32,000 miles of rivers within a land area of only 24,087 square
miles-a stream density that is among the highest in the Nation.
The state’s industries use about 1.4 billion gallons of water a
day and Huntington is one of the Nation’s largest inland ports.
More than 25 million people- about 10% of the Nations population
– live in the Ohio River basin and 3 million get their drinking
water from the Ohio. 2. Several agencies- the Environmental
Protection Agency, the U.S. Corps of Engineers the Ohio River
Valley Water Sanitation Commission- study parts of the river,
but their is no one college or university that has a
comprehensive study of the entire Ohio River system as an
ongoing effort. 3. With locations alongside one of the Nation’s
great waterways and a key tributary (the Kanawha River), MU is
uniquely positioned to help the state and the Nation assess and
manage their freshwater resources.
The Fralin Biotechnology Center at Virginia Tech is an excellent
model for some programs. http://www.biotech.vt.edu/. They have
fulltime, interdisciplinary faculty members to teach and
coordinate education programs for teachers faculty and students
Concept for MITR: - Built on existing strengths: EPSCoR, COBRE,
and INBRE. - Create interdisciplinary divisions based on NIH
and NSF-supported programs.- Involve current faculty (retention
issue).- Plan for next EPSCoR and Res. Chall. Fund proposals
Marshall U. needs to have trend data available to make decisions
with. We need to develop a data warehouse which will allow us to
track our student successes & failures longitudinally. We also
should develop key performance indicators (tied to planning).
The reason why our planet is going to h**l in a handbasket is
that the general populace is not EDUCATED as to what our
environmental problems really are. You need to educate all
students about the environment--population, sustainable
Composting of campus food and yard waste would be beneficial.
Support academic freedom, in which creativity, enthusiasm and
productivity thrive. Some faculty will enthusiastically choose
entrepreneurial activities. Bring in endowed professors as part
of the faculty. Reward excellent research and teaching: more
productive for the state than athletics.
MU should be able to entice foreign firms looking to establish a
presence or expand operations in the US to come to the
Huntington area. Tout MU's research accomplishments &
capabilities and offer special services to support firms
We need campus-wide research events that would include poster
sessions, presentations and rewards for the top researchers and
students. The capstone experience should also be tied into this
celebration of student research and creative activities. These
events should be integrated and would support our
Currently, the university owns inventions made by a faculty
member. If you want to bury an idea, take it away from the
creator and give it to a bureaucrat. The inventor should own it,
just like an English professor owns his novel.
I think there should be more emphasis on and opportunities for
undergraduate student research.
Foster relationship with institutional research by providing
structure and processes through which researchers have tools for
collaboration and technologies for outreach.
Consider contracting for packaged pricing for job opening
advertisements. This could be used by all University departments
with publications such as The Chronicle and could save the
University thousands of dollars on a yearly basis.
Establish an Honors College at Marshall.
Establish an Honors College at Marshall, which includes an
Office for Nationally Competitive Awards to assist all qualified
Marshall University students in competing for national and
international scholarships like the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright
Continue to support Writing center, tutoring, etc. - our
students have a lot of potential, but need this level of
support. In adding new and wonderful things, lets not lose
sight of what we have in place already :)
Establish and promote a central place where students can go for
help with finding funding for research.
Make doing research as easy and attractive as possible This
includes providing easy access to offices on weekends or over
holidays and turning on elevators and lights so that faculty can
continue their research during off hours.
1. Increase summer research awards to allow a full summer of
work (10K or greater) 2. Expand other MU sponsored research
grants (mini-grants) 3. Expand data base of grants/mini grants
that are available in all disciplines (co-sponsorship) 4.
Increase funding for RA/GA/TA to attract a larger population of
full-time graduate students who can assist professors carrying
loads consisting of teaching and research.
Have summer outdoor concerts at the stadium and indoor concerts
at the Henderson Center. Combine use with city to combine fees
and upgrades and maintainance. Build new parking garage on 3rd
I would like to see a mini "Tamarack" setup in Downtown
Huntington to showcase the work of local artists and artisans
and to teach crafts. Possibly a collaboration with Marshall and
The plight of adjunct professors, especially those with
excellent academic credentials, at MU compromises the integrity
of the university. These qualified professionals should be
fairly compensated in relation to fulltime faculty, thereby
An endowment for the best of recent grads in each program
willing to stay in the area and develop or enhance a business.
Initial focus should be business/science but eventually
expanding to as many programs as possible. Some return on
Although science and tech might be the future, Marshall
presently has many qualified researchers, in the Lib. Arts for
instance,who do not have the resources they need to excel.
Without correcting this, Marshall will fail to hire or retain
Deans need funding to give faculty members reassigned time for
research. Proposals would determine merit of scholarly activity
and a summary report required.
West Virginia leads the country in obesity, heart disease, and
cancer. These are all behaviorally-based illnesses. In addition
to biotechnology, we should address psychological, sociological,
and economic avenues to improving health and longevity.
Establish Research/Scholarship Recognition Program: Outstanding
Researcher/Scholar of year, Awards for productivity, Annual
research funding for faculty, Graduate student research awards,
Annual research poster day-faculty/students--awards for top
Create incentives that encourage faculty development and
productivity in research and scholarship. We need rewards for
innovative ideas such as a Discovery & Innovation Award.
To develop a financially self-sustaining, adaptive and
self-generative model of research and creative activity at
Marshall University, colleges need a way to give incentive
rewards to faculty, such as reassigned time or awards for
If Marshall is going to foster innovative research, in all
disciplines, it must invest money in the libraries. Inter
Library Loan is helpful, but at best only a partial solution.
Obtain EPSCoR funding for statewide purchase of online
The Marshall University Police Department should have the entire
glassed-in lobby area of the Joseph M. Gillette Welcome Center building because it
would be better for them to be facing toward campus, not away
from campus as it is now.
Provide Recycling service to campus and community. Currently,
recycling is inactive on campus and area citizens must pay to
recycle. Recycling program would promote image and provide funds
to support efforts. Could be service opportunity for students.
Campus tours need to start at a point closer to the main area of
campus, such as the Student Center. There needs to be some type
of tram, like in amusement park parking lots, to take visitors
around campus in cold or rainy weather.
Work cith city to clean up area around campus. Deteriorating
bldgs. Those old houses used to be the most beautiful in town.
Owners have allowed students to destroy them. Owners need to
charge higher damage deposits. City needs to create and enforce
As the university becomes more complex there is an increased
need for faculty & staff training on various software/skills to
help with efficiency. There should be ongoing training on
customer serv. & dealing w/difficult situations & similar.
Develop courses/seminars through MCTC or MU to assist staff in
their professional growth.
We should vigorously pursue opportunities to create consortia
for the provision of administrative services such as HR,
purchasing, etc. These can increase the level of service to the
institution and decrease the cost of providing these functions.
Support and propose the development of a “comprehensive faculty
center” that would provide a focal point for most faculty
teaching, learning and research support activities.
The ongoing process of faculty development is designed to keep
the faculty at their best in their teaching, scholarship and to
be active in a learning community. Too often, faculty are
taught to teach better, given scholastic opportunities but not
given a nurturing learning community in which to thrive. By
building a process in which the learning community is sensitive
yet responsive to faculty, we can foster the scholarship of
teaching. I propose that we recognize and promote "Marshall's
TOP" Team", or the Team of Outstanding Professors. The
creation of this teaching environment will embrace teachers who
are committed to excel in teaching and recognize their efforts,
and ultimately enabling faculty to meet their individual
teaching goals. Self fulfillment of their teaching goals will
make a difference in the academic environment of not only their
department but the entire school. The TOPS program can be built
upon the concept of the Academy of Medical Educators used by the
School of Medicine."TOP" will provide a platform to pursue
excellence in teaching and helping students maximize their
learning; thus ultimately impacting their success and fulfilling
Marshall's mission of "Passport to Prominence". I would
appreciate the opportunity to discuss the proposal in detail.
Priority must be given to faculty recruitment, retention, and
development if quality learning is a goal.
Don't keep giving away resources, people, funding to other
institutions just because "we don't do that". Its ridiculous to
talk about being top tier yet continue the short-sightedness
that has marked our history. Instead, try "We CAN do that".
Update our programs at MU. Students still take shorthand.
Retirement incentives will help, & will open lines for faculty
with new ideas.
The President congratulated for supporting endowed positions for
research. However, problems with Institute -elitist, no
incentive to work with undergrads -how many PI's nationally
generate 1 million/yr? =-contract conditions unlikely to attract
Congratulations to Dr. Kopp for supporting research. Institute
is not viable as described, leaves out current faculty. Should
be compared to similar size institutes (Stowers: 2 billions in
endowments, 600,000 sqft). PI's at 1 million/yr unreasonable.
As the focus at Marshall becomes more "research intensive" how
will we find adjunct faculty from a limited population base;
this is already a problem now? Will there be a greater use of
graduate students to off-set the fewer classes taught by
The university must make clear expectations for teaching,
research, service, etc. with the priorities established as
vision. Faculty currently don't know if we aiming for Research I
category, or a quality teaching institution, or an economic