Council of Associate Deans for Research


For the person completing this report.

Cortney Chavez

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Official Name of the Board

Council of Associate Deans for Research

Effective date of establishment


Authorized by


Board Reports To (if applicable)

Vice President for Research

Scope of Impact


Type of Board



The Council of Associate Deans for Research is an advisory group to recommend research policy and to coordinate operational research procedures among the colleges, university research institutes, and central research administration.




What is the process for selecting a chair?

Vice President for Research serves as the Chair

Chair for 2017-18 Academic Year


Luis Vazquez


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Co-Chair for 2017-18 Academic Year

Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year


Luis Cifuentes


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Co-Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year

Additional Membership Details

Members are appointed by

By Position

Position appointment description

The Council is composed of the associate deans for research of each of the colleges, the director of the physical science laboratory, director for the WRRI, and the University Research Council Chair, who serves as an ex officio capacity.

Is membership representative?


Please describe how the membership is representative.

The membership is representative because each of the research deans and directors of the research centers are represented to ensure appropriate processes and working with research issues for NMSU.

What university function/office is responsible for appointments?

The college dean's individual appointment of their associate dean of research determines who will be on CADRE.

What are the terms of appointment?

No terms, the positions are permanent dependent on who is employed in the position at the time of appointment.

Are terms staggered?


Are members subject to reappointment?


What is the process for filling vacant positions?


Member List
Name Title Member Type
Natalie Goldberg Assoc. Dean for Research / ACES Voting Member
Jim Murphy Assoc. Dean for Research / A&S Voting Member
Bill Gould Assoc. Dean for Research / College of Business Voting Member
Susan Brown Assoc. Dean for Research / College of Education Voting Member
Phillip DeLeon Assoc. Dean for Research / Engineering Voting Member
Karen Kopera-Frye Assoc. Dean for Research / HSS Voting Member
Joanne Esparza Interim Director / PSL Voting Member
Sam Fernald Director / WRRI Voting Member
Rebecca Palacios Chair / URC Voting Member

What university office/function provides administrative support to this board?

Office of the VPR

What are the requirements for the number of meetings to be held annually?

12, second Wednesday, monthly

Was the requirement for the number of meetings met?


List of Meeting Dates

Second Wednesday of each month at 3pm

Major Accomplishments

The Board is in continual review of the entire research enterprise at NMSU by evaluating the current research resources available, sustainability of these resources, research trends, federal & state regulatory updates, and interdisciplinary opportunities across departments and colleges. The Chair set up a task-force of CADRe members to find a new program that will assist in increasing funding opportunities and increase research productivity. GRID was taken offline and PIVOT was purchased and put into operation. CADRe members served as reviewers for the IMPACT Mini Grant awards that were highly successful in generating interdisciplinary research with young and senior researchers between colleges.

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