Faculty Assembly

Research Committee

Purpose: The purpose of the Research Committee is to ensure an ongoing, robust research portfolio within the College that represents the breadth and depth of public health; reflects faculty strengths, student interests and community needs; promotes faculty and student success; engages communities in translating research into action; enhances the reputation of the College; and advances the field in meaningful and impactful ways.


  1. The COPH Research Committee will be comprised of 9 voting members (5 faculty members from each department or discipline, and 4 at-large members). Each department will elect one ranked senior faculty member (Associate or Full Professor) who is actively engaged in research.
  2. The chair shall be elected by the committee from among the senior faculty members and serve in accordance with Article VII 1. above.
  3. In addition to the 9 voting members, the committee may also include 4 non-voting Ex- officio members such as post-docs, research associates and graduate students as determined by the committee chair in consultation with the department chairs.
  4. A representative from the administration staff, who is involved in research administration, shall also serve as an ex-officio non-voting member.

Functions and Duties:

The Faculty Affairs Committee advises the Dean on matters related to the faculty in the College. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Recommend procedures and programs for facilitating research at the college.
  2. Expedite and monitor research mentoring program for junior faculty.
  3. Coordinate research and award opportunities for faculty and students.
  4. Establish a system to encourage interdisciplinary research across departments/disciplines as well as student-faculty research opportunities.Review research policies and procedures from across USF that impact COPH researchers.
  5. Coordinate with USF Research Council regarding research policies, procedures and protocols that impact COPH researchers.

(From Governance Manual page 9)


Name Department E-Mail Phone
Stephanie Marhefka (Chair) CFH smarhefk@health.usf.edu 974-5810
Amy Alman EPB aalman@health.usf.edu  974-2235
Russell Kirby CFH rkirby@health.usf.edu 974-2347
Jiang Rays GH Jiang2@health.usf.edu 974-4541
Etienne Pracht HPM epracht@health.usf.edu 974-7609
Rene Salazar EOH rsalazar5@health.usf.edu 974-9623


At-Large members:  

 Name  Department  E-Mail  Phone
  Marie Bourgeois  EOH  mbourgeo@health.usf.edu
 Stephanie Marhefka  CFH  smarhefk@health.usf.edu  974-5810

Non-elected attendees:

 Name  Department  E-Mail  Phone
 Jennifer Marshall  CFH  jmarshal@health.usf.edu  396-2672
  Ellen Kent  N/A  ekent@health.usf.edu  974-6622


Meeting Agenda and Minutes