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In the fall of 2001, a group of Emory scholars and senior administrative leaders were charged with investigating the conditions of research at Emory and recommending ways to strengthen its support. Accordingly, the Commission on Research engaged in a thorough self-examination of practices, resources, and support at Emory, while also considering peer universities and the role of research universities overall.

Over the course of the next months, the recommendations in this report will serve as a valuable starting point for planning Emory's future. Clearly, scholars represent a wide variety of cultures. Understanding these differences and considering alternative strategies to target scholars across the university will make a major contribution to Emory's future.

As noted in these pages, faculty members are stretched and pulled in many directions, increasingly so in our information-technology-driven world. Nevertheless, scholars and administrators have a responsibility to the intellectual community from which we all draw creativity and energy. To the countless individuals who have contributed to the commission, either by attending meetings or sharing feedback, we express our sincere gratitude.

Dr. Claire E. Sterk
Chair, Commission on Research
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health

Dr. David Carr
Co-Chair, Commission on Research
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Philosophy
The Report of the Commission on Research

Table of Content:



Principles and Recommendations

From Principles to Practice


Cultures of Research

Peer Comparisons

Challenges Facing Emory and Other Research Universities

Faculty Essays

Appendix A: Measures of Progress

Appendix B: Members of the Commission on Research at Emory

Appendix C: Consultants to the Commission on Research at Emory

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Front and back covers


In addition to the Adobe Reader version of this report, the following data and background materials are available on this site:

Report of self-study produced by the research commission for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in October 2002

This commission continues the sustained self-examination that has characterized Emory's growth over the past fifteen years. Other university-wide activities include the faculty forums in 1994 that led to the Choices and Responsibility strategic plan and the 1996 Commission on Teaching. For more information on faculty studies conducted at Emory, contact Dr. Daniel Teodorescu at

To receive printed copies of this report, please contact the Office of the Provost at 404-727-6055.


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