2010-11 Committees of the University

Responsible Conduct of Scholarship Committee (RCS)

A.    Membership

The Responsible Conduct of Scholarship Committee reports and is advisory to the Graduate Council.  Membership of the committee shall consist of the following:

The following will automatically be on the RCS

  • Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School (Chair)
  • Assistant to the Graduate Dean for Research Compliance
  • Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee
  • Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design
  • Research Development Coordinator in the Office of Sponsored Projects
  • Executive Secretary, University Council

The following will be selected by the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School with the concurrence of the Graduate Council.

  • One of the two chairs of the Institutional Review Boards
  • One member of the Faculty Senate selected from at least 2 Faculty Senate members nominated by the Faculty Senate
  • Additional faculty representatives from each college so that there are a total of three members from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences representing the areas of humanities, the social sciences, and the other sciences, two members from the College of Education, one member from each of the other colleges, and one member from the University Libraries.  For each of these positions, the respective College Council, or similar body shall nominate at least 2 individuals for each position.  Individuals nominated should send a short statement listing their research or scholarship areas.  Individuals selected will serve 3 year staggered terms.

One graduate student selected by the Graduate Student Advisory Council

One undergraduate student selected by the student members of the Honors Committee

B.    Duties

The purpose of the NIU RCS program is to provide awareness of complex ethical and related dilemmas that can occur in the scholarship process, and to suggest ways to address them.  The goal is to create a shared culture of responsible scholarship.  The program will not develop explicit rules that restrict intellectual activity.

The RCS program at NIU will make the University community aware of changing governmental and institutional laws, rules, regulations, policies, and ethical professional standards that guide scholarship, and will illustrate the normative issues that cut across scholarly disciplines.  Awareness of ethical and responsible conduct of scholarship includes:

  1. Maintaining an awareness of professional responsibilities
  2. Creating a shared culture of responsible scholarship
  3. Identifying and responding to potential ethical problems
  4. Recognizing and understanding cross--disciplinary issues and standards
  5. Communicating to the NIU community the content of applicable internal and external policies.

Responsible Conduct of Scholarship Committee COMMITTEE (RCS)


Membership
2009-2010
2010-2011
2011-2012
2012-2013
*Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School
James Erman
Lisa Freeman
Assistant to the Vice President for Research -- Research Compliance
Sandy Arntz
Sandy Arntz
Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Richard King
Richard King
Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee
Michael Hudspeth
Michael Hudspeth
Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design
Murali Krishnamurthi
Murali Krishnamurthi
Research Development Coordinator, Office of Sponsored Projects
Gail Mitchell
Dara Little
Executive Secretary, University Council
Paul Stoddard
Alan Rosenbaum
Chair, Institutional Review Board
Michael Peddle
Michael Peddle
Member, Faculty Senate
H. Joel Jeffrey
H. Joel Jeffrey
 
Business
Natalie Churyk
Natalie Churyk
 
 
Education
Jeffrey Chan
Jeffrey Chan
Jeffrey Chan
 
Education
Gretchen Schlabach
Gretchen Schlabach
Gretchen Schlabach
 
Engineering & Engineering Technology
Brianno Coller
Brianno Coller
Brianno Coller
 
Health and Human Sciences
Donna Munroe
Donna Munroe
Donna Munroe
 
Law
Lorraine Schmall
Leona Green
Leona Green
Leona Green
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sharon Sytsma
Sharon Sytsma
 
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences
James Corwin
James Corwin
James Corwin
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lee Sunderlin
Lee Sunderlin
Lee Sunderlin
 
Visual and Performing Arts
Jeff Kowalski
Jeff Kowalski
Jeff Kowalski
 
University Libraries
Robert Ridinger
Robert Ridinger
Robert Ridinger
 
Graduate Student
Alice Dechene
Undergraduate Student
Mary Murtaugh
Alex Porter

*Chair