Stephen F. Austin State University

Research Council

Research Council (2019/2020)


Seven elected members of the tenured or tenure-track faculty. Six of the members of the Council, one each from the academic colleges of the University, are elected from the tenured or tenure track members of the faculty of that college. One member is elected to represent the Library. The Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be an ex-officio member of the Research Council to facilitate the administrative functions of the Research Enhancement Fund and provide proper oversight.


A faculty member, separate of the other members of the URC, is to be appointed by the Provost to chair the University Research Council for a term of 1 year. Annually the committee will make a recommendation on the new chair with preference given to faculty members having previously served on the Research Council.


Each of the members of the University Research Council serves a three year term. Upon expiration of a term, the Council member is ineligible for re-election to the Council until the lapse of three years. A vacancy on the Council is filled by election.


To recommend policies and procedures to encourage research activities and to improve the research environment of the University; to develop and recommend University research policies based upon state and federal laws and regulations; to recommend adjudication to variances to policies and procedures; and to develop guidelines for and recommendations of awards for internal University research grants.

Name Title Dept/College/Office Term Ends
Emiliano Giudici Associate Professor Business Aug 2021
Chrissy Cross Assistant Professor Education Aug 2022
Richard Berry Professor Fine Arts Aug 2021
Sheryll Jerez Associate Professor Forestry and Agriculture Aug 2021
Leslie Cecil Professor Liberal & Applied Arts Aug 2020
Shannon Bowman Science Research Librarian Steen Library Aug 2022
Kent Riggs Associate Professor Science & Mathematics Aug 2020
Nick Long
Associate Professor Science & Mathematics