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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 Research Commercialization and Outreach 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, if applicable

Murgulet, Dorina

Chair

Aug - 2018

Sutton, Gail

Vice Chair

Aug - 2018

Moreno, Miguel

Immediate Past Chair

Aug - 2018

Hill, Erin

Coordinator

Aug - 2017

Garza, Lisa

Member

Aug - 2018

Hernandez, Luis

Member

Aug - 2019

Hollenbaugh, Michelle

Member

Aug - 2019

Kar, Dulal

Member

Aug - 2018

Lee, Jim

Member

Aug - 2018

Mozzachiodi, Riccardo

Member

Aug - 2017

Nicolau, Brien

Member

Aug - 2017

Pollack, Jennifer

Member

Aug - 2019

Robertson, Phyllis 

Member

Aug - 2018

Sadovski, Alexey

Member

Aug - 2018

Schauer, Leslee

Member

Aug - 2019

Scott, Sarah

Member

Aug - 2019

Sefcik, Elizabeth

Member

Aug - 2017

Starek, Michael

Member

Aug - 2017

Tissot, Philippe

Member

Aug - 2019

Wetz, Michael

Member

Aug - 2018

Yoskowitz, David

Member

Aug - 2019

Last Updated: 10/06/2016