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Council of Principal Investigators and Research Administrators

Purpose or FunctionThe Council of Principal Investigators and Research Administrators (CPIRA) consists of individuals elected to represent Principal Investigators (PIs) and Research Administrators (RAs) from members of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) research community. The Council is committed to the continued improvement of the research environment for students, faculty, and staff. Specifically, the CPIRA and the faculty and staff it represents, endeavor to work with administration to provide an effective and efficient university organization, to achieve the goal of being nationally recognized and competitive in research, other sponsored activities and teaching.

The Council and its Executive Committee each meet monthly or as needed to address specific issues concerning the research environment on campus. Appropriate recommendations are discussed with and implemented through appropriate organizations or administrative offices.

MembershipMembers of the Council are elected representatives of Principal Investigators and Research Administrators from the TAMU-CC research community. These roles are defined as follows:

CPIRA defines a Principal Investigator (PI) as an individual who has primary responsibility for the design, execution, and management of a research, education, or other sponsored project who will be involved in the project in a significant manner. This definition excludes those who are primarily administrators such as Vice Presidents, Deans, Center, Institute or School Directors, and Department Chairs. 

CPIRA defines a Research Administrator (RA) as any full-time assistant director, business manager, business coordinator, business support specialist or other staff positions who is not an employee of the Division of Research and Innovation and whose primary job duties include at least one of the following:

  • Providing pre-award administrative support for the preparation and submission of proposals.
  • Providing post-award administrative support for sponsored project

ChairThis position is filled by the Council member who has served as Vice-Chair in the previous fiscal year.  Nominations for Vice Chair are solicited from Council Members after completion of annual CPIRA elections. The Vice Chair is elected by the Council annually.

Responsible University OfficialCPIRA serves as an advisory board. The Council does not report to a Responsible University Official. 

Name

Membership

Term

Robertson, Phyllis

Chair

Aug - 2020

Scott, Sarah

Vice Chair

Aug - 2019

Sutton, Gail

Immediate Past Chair

Aug - 2019

Hill, Erin

Coordinator

N/A

Lee, Jim

Member – College of Business

Aug - 2019

Hollenbaugh, Michelle

Member – College of Education & Human Development

Aug - 2019

Robertson, Phyllis

Member – College of Education & Human Development

Aug - 2020

Moreno, Miguel

Member – College of Liberal Arts

Aug - 2020

Scott, Sarah

Member – College of Liberal Arts

Aug - 2019

Garcia, Theresa

Member – College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Aug - 2021

Sefcik, Liz

Member – College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Aug - 2019

Mozzachiodi, Riccardo

Member – College of Science & Engineering

Aug - 2020

Reese, Brandi

Member – College of Science & Engineering

Aug - 2021

Um, Dugan

Member – College of Science & Engineering

Aug - 2021

Thigpen, Trent

Member – Community Outreach

Aug - 2019

Nicolau, Brien

Member – Center for Coastal Studies

Aug - 2020

Rizzo, James

Member – Conrad Blucher Institute

Aug - 2021

Starek, Michael

Member – Conrad Blucher Institute

Aug - 2021

Chu, Tianxing

Member – Conrad Blucher Institute

Aug - 2019

Besonen, Mark

Member – Harte Research Institute

Aug - 2021

Sutton, Gail

Member – Harte Research Institute

Aug - 2019

Yoskowitz, David

Member – Harte Research Institute

Aug - 2019

Murgulet, Dorina

Member - Faculty Senate Representative

Apr - 2019

Gutierrez, Jocelyn

Member - Center for Academic Services

Aug - 2019

Last Updated: 04/04/2019