Holly Mercer and Shawn Campagna were recently appointed as Office of Research and Engagement Faculty Fellows to assist with strategic efforts behind two critical programs within the division: responsible conduct of research and the Science Alliance. They will work closely with Robert Nobles, interim vice chancellor for research, as well as other members of the ORE leadership team, administrators, and researchers.
As the Compliance and Safety Division Faculty Fellow, Mercer will provide leadership related to the areas of responsible conduct of research. A large part of her role will focus on assisting with the development of policies and procedures related to research integrity, including providing input on initiatives related to counterintelligence and facility security. She will also help with education initiatives around the responsible conduct of research, including the development of training procedures and a research guide that outlines how to responsibly and ethically conduct research.
As the Science Alliance Faculty Fellow, Campagna will guide strategic collaborations and investments as part of the Science Alliance program. In this role, he will assist administrators and researchers in the administration of current initiatives as well as spearheading new collaborations between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He will also facilitate strategic planning efforts and annual reviews of the centers and institutes reporting directly to the vice chancellor for research.
“I am grateful for the contributions that Holly and Shawn will be making to UT’s research infrastructure,” said Nobles. “Their expertise and leadership will help ORE better serve our faculty and students through strategic planning, policy development, and collaboration with administrators and researchers across campus”
Mercer, senior associate dean for the University Libraries and associate dean for research, oversees acquisitions and continuing resources, assessment programs, cataloging, collection logistics, digital initiatives, enterprise systems, the Scholar’s Collaborative, and technology infrastructure. Her group also assists faculty and students across campus publish and promote their research through services such as Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange (TRACE), a database that archives creative and scholarly work.
Campagna, professor and associate head of chemistry, uses bioanalytical chemistry to study metabolism in a number of systems with impact in fields ranging from the environmental to the medical sciences. He also chairs the Core Facilities Advisory Committee and is the director of the Biological and Small Molecule Mass Spectrometry Core, giving him insight into the use of core facilities for research purposes. His experiences in collaborative research and scientific infrastructure creation and management position him well to perform in this new role.
Mercer and Campagna will commit up to 50 percent of their time over the next 12 months to the elevated responsibilities outlined above.