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:

Producing a Strategic Plan

A strategic plan should ask the questions, where is the division today and where do we want it to be in 5-10 years? Division staff and stakeholders will need knowledge and tools to process data, actively interact, and provide feedback throughout the development process of the plan.


Mays Business School is partnering 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 are using the SOAR methodology (Strengths|Opportunities|Aspirations|Results) that is rooted in appreciative inquiry (AI). The planning process is being conducted in a virtual environment with a series of SOAR sprints and town hall meetings.  It is supported by research acquired through an enterprise-wide survey soliciting input from all constituents and stakeholders in the university’s research programs.


Strategic planning training process:




What are we good at?



What are the possibilities?



What are our dreams?



What are meaningful outcomes?


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.


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
June 13
8:30 - Noon
Town Hall - Nurture: Innovation
Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex
June 20
8:30 - Noon
Town Hall - Ecosystems: Infrastructure
Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex
July 12
8:30 - Noon
Town Hall - Cultivate: Interdisciplinary Research
Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex
July 13
8:30 - Noon
Town Hall - Uproot: Administrative Challenges
Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex
August/SeptemberForm Strategic Planning Advisory Committee; form Task Force groups
October/NovemberTask Force group report-outs/evaluate for SACSCOC assessment and institutional effectiveness
DecemberDOR produces draft strategic plan, celebrate and recognize all who participated in the strategic planning process
January 2023Finalize "living" DOR Strategic Plan
March 2023Begin quarterly review of results/outcomes/adjustments