To provide strategic direction and support, and to ensure the ongoing operations and maintenance of the SSRL, a formal governance structure has been instituted by the University of Saskatchewan.
The SSRL Management Committee provides financial and administrative direction to the SSRL and ensures SSRL operations address university, college/school and unit priorities. Members advocate for the SSRL within the university and the broader community and review the ongoing operations and activities of the SSRL.
- Chair (elected by committee members for a period of two years)
- Vice-President Research or designate
- Director, SSRL (ex officio)
- One Dean, Executive Director, Vice-Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, Director or designate from each contributing academic and non-academic partner unit:
- College of Agriculture and Bioresources
- College of Arts & Science
- College of Dentistry
- College of Education
- College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
- College of Kinesiology
- College of Law
- College of Medicine
- College of Nursing
- Edwards School of Business
- Information and Communications Technology
- Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
- Office of the Vice-President Research
- St. Thomas More College
- School of Environment and Sustainability
- School of Public Health
- University Library
- Western College of Veterinary Medicine
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Serves an advisory role to the Vice-Dean Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work (College of Arts & Science).
- Provides financial and administrative direction to the SSRL, including approval of budgets and resource strategies.
- Provides direction on alignment of the SSRL with college, school and unit priorities, and potential areas for development and/or advancement.
- Members act as advocates for the SSRL and associated initiatives within the university and the broader community.
- Approves development of new research infrastructure facilities, and renewal or phasing out of existing SSRL facilities.
- Reviews and provides direction on the activities of the SSRL. Such reviews include assessments of how/if:
- Operations adhere to stated operating principles;
- Operations address the interests of the principal CFI proponents and contributing partners (including establishing priorities for access, fees, and usage protocols); and
- Performance targets and benchmarks are met (e.g., research group development, cross-unit and cross-discipline collaboration, research revenue).
- Regularly reviews membership and makes decisions on the ongoing composition and evolution of the SSRL Management Committee and the SSRL governance structure.
The SSRL Strategic Priorities Committee provides strategic direction to SSRL operations, advising on areas of opportunity and potential growth that align with the SSRL’s mission of research support and capacity building. The SSRL Strategic Priorities Committee helps to identify and develop innovative research programming and training opportunities that align with college/school and institutional priorities.
- Director, SSRL (Chair)
- Vice-Dean Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work (College of Arts & Science)
- Two SSRL staff members chosen from existing SSRL staff complement. Each staff representative will serve on the committee for a three-year term, after which they will rotate off to allow other staff members to serve.
- Up to three current CFI proponents from CFI-supported SSRL component laboratories. Each CFI proponent will serve on the committee for a three-year term, after which they will rotate off to allow other current CFI proponents to serve.
- Three researchers from the university community at large. These researchers regularly engage the services of the SSRL, and will be identified by existing committee members. Each researcher will serve on the committee for a three-year term, after which they will rotate off to allow other researchers to serve.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Identifies and helps to develop curriculum and training opportunities for faculty, students, staff and external partners and stakeholders that align with college/school and institutional priorities and the skills and capacity of the SSRL.
- Provides direction on the identification and development of mentorship and residency opportunities for new and existing faculty and prospective faculty members.
- Identifies new and emerging innovative research tools and methods, and helps to develop strategies to incorporate those tools and methods into SSRL processes and practices.
- Provides guidance on the development and implementation of communications and promotional strategies to increase awareness and usage of SSRL facilities and services.
- Identifies and develops strategies to foster and facilitate continued development of the SSRL as a champion and incubator of interdisciplinary research.
- Proposes and develops SSRL-supported research funding opportunities for faculty and students.
- Recommends development of new SSRL-supported research infrastructure and research support services.
- Members act as advocates for the SSRL both within the campus community and to external agencies and organizations.