Division of Research Mission Statement

Texas A&M is one of the world’s leading research universities. The Division of Research will advance and strengthen all aspects of the research enterprise by implementing an enhanced, integrated, and strategic approach to:

Collaboration

Mays Business School partnered with the Division of Research in the development of a comprehensive strategic plan for the university’s research enterprise.  The planning process is being facilitated by Bill Peel, executive director of innovation and strategic planning, and Jon (Sean) Jasperson, assistant dean for learning transformation and academic technology.  Bill and Jon used the SOAR methodology (Strengths|Opportunities|Aspirations|Results) that is rooted in appreciative inquiry (AI). The planning process was conducted in a virtual environment as well as in-person town hall meetings.

Approach

Strategic planning training process:

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Strengths

What are we good at?

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Opportunities

What are the possibilities?

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Aspirations

What are our dreams?

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Results

What are meaningful outcomes?

Resources

SOAR
Like Appreciative Inquiry, SOAR invites representatives of all stakeholders into the conversation about an organization’s Strengths, what the organization does well; Opportunities, what are the possibilities, innovations; Aspirations, what gives people purposeful work that reflects what they value.
More about SOAR

The AI Commons

“The ‘AI Commons’ is a place for everyone with an interest in Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and positive change. You are invited to learn about AI, share your own AI resources, connect with our global AI community, and schedule or attend AI events such as summits, workshops, and gatherings.”

5-D Cycle of Appreciative Inquiry

This page has summary of 5-D (define, discover, dream, design, and delivery/destiny) cycle of appreciative inquiry and a great 5-minute video.

Train the Trainer

Timeline

WhenWhat
February 15 – February 23Division of Research staff survey
March/AprilDOR Training, SOAR Sprints for feedback, progress to date
May 10
2:00 - 4:00pm
State of the Division and Spring Social
Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex
Presentation
June 13
8:30 - Noon
Town Hall - Nurture: Innovation
Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex
Division of Research staff only
June 20
8:30 - Noon
Town Hall - Ecosystems: Infrastructure
Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex
Division of Research staff only
July 12
8:30 - Noon
Town Hall - Cultivate: Interdisciplinary Research
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
1700 Research Parkway, 2 Research Park Building
Division of Research staff only
July 13
8:30 - Noon
Town Hall - Uproot: Administrative Challenges
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
1700 Research Parkway, 2 Research Park Building
Division of Research staff only
August 23DOR Train-the-Trainer, SOAR, Appreciative Inquiry
SeptemberForm Strategic Planning Advisory Committee; Committee reviews and approves survey to be sent to Research Enterprise Stakeholders
September 15
8:00am - 11:00am
Town Hall Theme - Cultivate: Interdisciplinary Research*
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
1700 Research Parkway, 2 Research Park Building
September 15
Noon - 3:00pm
Town Hall Theme - Nurture: Innovation*
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
1700 Research Parkway, 2 Research Park Building
September 19 - September 28Research Enterprise Stakeholder Survey conducted*
September 22
8:00am - 11:00am
Town Hall Theme - Uproot: Administrative Challenges*
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
1700 Research Parkway, 2 Research Park Building
September 22
Noon - 3:00pm
Town Hall Theme - Ecosystem: Infrastructure*
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
1700 Research Parkway, 2 Research Park Building
October/NovemberAdvisory Group evaluates initial cut of draft research enterprise strategic plan, provides recommendations
October 13
8:00am - 11:00am
Virtual Zoom Town Hall (locations external to College Station)
Themes included:  Cultivating Interdisciplinary Research, Nurturing Innovation, Uprooting Administrative Challenges, Ecosystem Infrastructure
October 27
1:00pm - 1:45pm
State of the Division - Fall Update
Presentation
DecemberDOR produces 2nd cut draft research enterprise strategic plan
January 2023Finalize "living" Research Enterprise Strategic Plan
March 2023Begin quarterly review of results/outcomes/adjustments


*Open to Stakeholders external to Division of Research staff/programs/centers/institutes