To succeed, the working group must recognize the strength of diverse communities and perspectives.  We must further enhance our commitment to creating an inclusive culture in pursuit of our goals of excellence and meeting the needs of the state, nation and world.  With this foundation:

  • CU will be a global leader in discovery, innovation, creative work, and knowledge transfer. We will achieve this through our guiding principles:
    • Sustain and enhance our investment in the best talent (staff, students, faculty) and competitive-enabling systems (tech, HR, facilities). 
    • Invest in mutually beneficial collaborations that enhance our competitiveness.
    • Prepare our graduate students to lead the humanitarian, social, and technological challenges of the future.
  • The working group will specifically fulfill this charge by:
    • Identify metrics to assess research/scholarship/creative work productivity and impact.
    • Identify current, emerging and future areas of national/international leadership on each campus and/or across campuses.  Set specific goals and explore what is needed to yield significant progress toward achieving these ambitious goals.
    • Clearly articulate the role of research and graduate education on each campus.  What modalities, experiences and competencies should graduate programs include?
    • Identify opportunities for peer institution and CU cross campus collaboration in research and graduate education to ensure national leadership in core signature areas.
    • Assessing our capabilities and identifying growth opportunities to unleash the potential of computational science and other emerging areas to address the challenges of the Fourth Industry Revolution and beyond.

Working Group:


Co-Chair: Michael Lightner, PhD, Vice President and Academic Affairs Officer, CU System
Co-Chair: Terri Fiez, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering CU Boulder

  • Tom Christensen, PhD, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UCCS
  • David Engelke, PhD, Dean, Graduate School, CU Denver
  • Tom Flaig, MD, Interim Vice Chancellor of Research, CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Russ Moore, PhD, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, CU Boulder
  • Rod Nairn, PhD, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, CU Denver & CU Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Jessi Smith, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Research Integrity Officer, UCCS