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 Representative of
Rank Track/Pathway  E-Mail Phone 
Jason Salemi
Area A: Clinically‐Based Associate Professor


jsalemi@usf.edu  974-7829
Dina Martinez‐Tyson (Chair)
Area B: Community‐Based Associate Professor  Tenured/Tenure‐
dmtyson@usf.edu 974-0723 
Rays Jiang Area C: Laboratory‐Based Assistant Professor Tenured/Tenure‐
jiang2@usf.edu 974-4541 
Deborah Cragun
Area D: Clinical/Community‐
Assistant Professor Teaching
dcragun@usf.edu 974-4232 
Max Salifinger Area E: Clinical/Laboratory‐
Professor Practice
Jay Wolfson Area G: Clinical/Community/


jwolfson@usf.edu  974-6643 
JP Tanner Faculty At‐Large
Assistant Professor
Research Fall 2020 jtanner3@usf.edu 396-9242 
Ellen Daley

Ex-Officio - Research Dean

edaley@usf.edu 974-8518
 Stephanie Marhefka Ex-Officio -  Research Ass. Dean Professor Tenured/Tenure‐Earning   smarhefk@usf.edu  974-5810
 Anne Gallacher Ex-Officio - Administration Administration NA  agallach@usf.edu  974-5780 



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