9:00 – 9:30 am

How does teaching and administrative support at Emerging Research Institutions impact faculty’s ability to conduct research? – A Faculty Panel Overview


(Moderator: Juan Sanchez, Vice President for Research, University of Texas at Austin)


  • Dr. Terrance Johnson, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Tennessee State University (10 min)

  • Dr. Mario Díaz, Professor of Physics and Director, Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy, The University of Texas at Brownsville (10 min)

  • Dr. Arlene Cole-Rhodes, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Morgan State University (10 min)

9:30 – 10:00 am

Faculty Panel Discussion with Audience

10:00 – 10:15 am


10:15 – 11:15 am

“If I’m Teaching 7 Courses a Semester, How Can I Find Time for Research?”


(Moderator: Erroll Davis, Chancellor, University System of Georgia)


  • Aligning Reward Systems to Institutional Missions: Balancing Access and Excellence

    • Dr. Benjamin Flores, Associate Dean of Engineering Graduate Studies and Research, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso (15 min)

  • Making a Full Plate Less Full: Finding Time for Research

    • Dr. Dorothy Zinsmeister, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University System of Georgia (15 min)

  • Dedicated Semester for Research: State-Funded Faculty Development Program

    • Dr. Jim Muyskens, President, Queens College, Former Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University System of Georgia (15 min)

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