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Strategic Consultation on Research and Graduate Studies at TRU

Mandate: The Provost’s Office and Provost’s Council have endorsed the establishment of a Strategic Consultation Task Force on Research and Graduate Studies — to help with the implementation of TRU’s Strategic Research Plan (SRP) and to align that implementation with the new Academic Plan (under development) and with Space Planning. While the principal focus of the consultation will be on strategies for successful implementation of the SRP, we will also consider questions of assessment and of research and graduate programming renewal. Our central question is: “With reference to TRU’s Strategic Research Plan, what would “success” for Research and Graduate Studies look like in 2 -5 years.”  Our consultation will address that question by focusing on the following five areas:

  • Strategic planning and implementation, identifying opportunities for aligning strengths and opportunities with TRU’s Priorities, Academic Plan, and Space Planning.
  • Strategies for implementation of SRP in terms of governance and integrated academic support.
  • Strategies for implementing the SRP that ensure faculty renewal, recruitment, and retention.
  • Strategies for advancing the SRP’s impact through student research training, knowledge mobilization, collaborations and community/institutional partnerships.
  • Strategies for measuring success and impacts.

Strategic Research Plan Advisory Committee

In early 2021, the Strategic Research Plan Advisory Committee invited all 10 departments of learning to give brief presentations to the committee, speaking to the critical mass of research occurring and emerging within their division. These presentations, along with our Internal Strategic Consultation Report and External Review Report, will help to inform the direction of TRU’s next Strategic Research Plan. These presentations are available for viewing to the wider campus community. 

Feb. 24

School of Trades & Technology
Presentation slides

Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts & Tourism
Presentation slides

March 10

Faculty of Education & Social Work
Presentation slides

Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics
Presentation slides

March 23

School of Nursing
Presentation slides

Faculty of Law
Presentation slides

April 7

Faculty of Arts
Presentation slides

Faculty of Science
Presentation slides

April 21

Open Learning
Presentation slides

Faculty of Student Development
Presentation slides


Current task force members
Brandon Turner Graduate Student
Mohamed Tawhid Chair, Research Committee of Senate
Donald Lawrence Former Chair, Research Committee of Senate
Heather Price Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Arts
Lincoln Smith Director, Research Partnerships and Enterprise Creation
Michelle Harrison Instructional Designer, Open Learning
Natalie Clark Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work
Richard Brewster Professor, Faculty of Science
Rod McCormick Professor and BC Regional Innovation Chair in Aboriginal Health
Bethany Howden Undergraduate Student
Anita Sharma  Manager, Research Services
Sukh Heer Matonovich Associate Director, Student Research and Public Engagement 
Tina Block Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts
Lisa Bourque Bearskin Associate Professor and Indigenous Health Research Chair in Nursing
Larry Phillips Associate Vice-President, People and Culture
Troy Fuller Director, Research and Graduate Studies
Will Garrett-Petts Associate Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies

Key documents


The Committee will be hosting focus groups, stakeholder presentations and consultation meetings through fall 2017. A record of each meeting will be posted on this website. 

An internal report will be prepared by the Committee in January, 2018, and an external review and report will be submitted to the Research Office by March 15, 2018. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Senate Research Committee, the Graduate Studies Committee of Senate, the Provost’s Council, and at a Town Hall Meeting.

Meeting Minutes

Dialogue sessions

Completed sessions & minutes
Oct. 20, 2017, Early & Mid Career Faculty
Oct. 27, 2017, Full Professors, Research Chairs and Research Centre Directors
Nov. 17, 2017, external community partners
Nov. 20, 2017, graduate students
Nov. 24, 2017, Librarians

Nov. 27, 2017, undergraduate researchers
Dec. 12, 2017, graduate program coordinators
Dec. 13, 2017, Open Learning faculty
Jan. 10, 2018, Indigenous scholars
Jan. 12, 2018, research services
Feb. 28, 2018, TRUSU

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