Center for Collaborative Research and Community Engagement (CCRCE) Strategic Plan (3.27.19)

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The Center for Collaborative Research and Community Engagement (CCRCE) supports the creation of new knowledge through rigorous interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and respectful culturally aligned community engagement in New Mexico and beyond. The Center is committed to improving outcomes and holistic developxut life. The Center provides a supportive and inclusive environment where faculty, students, and community members can pursue scholarly collaboration and engagement.


  • Research is equitable, accountable and transparent to individuals and communities who share and impart the knowledge.
  • Research is a reciprocal, respectful, appropriately culturally aligned in a mutually beneficial process of engagement with communities and/or stakeholders.
  • The Center recognizes that there are multiple factors beyond classrooms and schools that impact educational outcomes (e.g., historical, sociological, political, economic, linguistic, cultural, health and wellness).
  • The Center recognizes the importance of diversity, equity, human rights, social justice, and cultural context in its work.
  • The Center recognizes the importance of partnerships, both domestic and global, in developing solutions for the challenges faced by families, schools, and communities (e.g. urban, rural, indigenous, tribal).
  • The Center recognizes and honors tribal nation sovereignty and practices conducting research.


CCRCE success is to be measured by specific long‐ and short‐term outcomes which include:

  • Increased research productivity that benefits the people of New Mexico and beyond: We aim to increase the amount of peer‐reviewed research produced in the College of Education & Human Sciences (COEHS). We also aim to increase the number of faculty who are collaborating with students and external community partners in this research.
  • Increased external funding of research: We specifically aim to increase the number of faculty applying for external funding as well as increasing the overall amount of funding received, including grants with indirect costs.
  • Increased community collaboration and cross‐disciplinary research approaches: We aim to increase COEHS collaboration and engagement with local, state, national, and global partners, showcasing the innovation and stature of COEHS' trans‐disciplinary and community engaged research that impacts needs defined by and with our community partners.

Goal 1: Promote research excellence.

Objective 1. Develop a plan for supporting and promoting new and emerging research areas.

  1. Align scholars with external funding sources.
    1. Encourage scholars to complete a PIVOT profile.
    2. Identify related funding sources through UNM Government Relations and the UNM Foundation.
    3. Support DC trips to meet with potential funding agencies.
    4. Identify and expand Center level funding to support infrastructure.
  2. Provide support for proposal development and research design.
    1. Offer community engagement venues and trainings on strategic proposal writing.
    2. Offer training and advisement for funded project management.
    3. Provide research methodology support and advisement.
    4. Provide editing and proposal review.
    5. Provide proposal and budget development.

Objective 2. Provide support for post‐award management.

  1. Conduct post‐award meeting with PIs, Co‐PIs, Fiscal Shared Services, Department Chair, CCRCE Research Support Team, and COEHS Chief of Staff.
  2. At the post‐award meeting, identify personnel responsibilities for post‐award management.

Objective 3. Improve and encourage trans‐disciplinary research.

  1. Establish sustainable co‐operative partnerships with communities and stakeholder groups, including UNM colleges, schools, centers and institutes.
    1. Participate in proposal partnership efforts.
    2. Provide online portals for request of research partnerships.
  2. Incubate new projects to support UNM/COEHS scholars for sustainable impact.
    1. Provide seed funding for individual and collaborative projects.
    2. Identify funding opportunities for pilot projects.
  3. Enhance visibility of COEHS scholarship and community engagement efforts.
    1. Host CCRCE Research and Community Engagement Showcase, Research Brown Bag Series, and Forums.
    2. Enhance COEHS Website to communicate COEHS research mission, current research activities, and available CCRCE research support resources/services.

Objective 4. Inform university allocation of resources.

  1. The Director of CCRCE will communicate identified areas of research and community engagement strengths, as well as areas of existing and emerging research excellence.
    1. Director of CCRCE meets with Associate Dean for Research (ADR)/Center Director (CD) and OVPR.

Objective 5. Recognize faculty excellence and scholarship.

  1. Actively nominate COEHS Faculty for COEHS Awards.
    1. New and Emerging Scholars Award
    2. Associate/Full Professor Scholars Award
    3. Lifetime Achievement Award
  2. Actively nominate COEHS faculty for UNM awards.
    1. Annual Research Lecture
    2. Community Engagement Award
  3. Disseminate awards results to UNM Communication and Marketing, Alumni Relations, and COEHS website.

Goal 2: Facilitate community engagement.

Objective 1: Transform research practices through participatory and communicative processes that fully engage communities.

  1. Develop internal and external partnerships for fostering community engagement.
    1. Work with community and stakeholder groups for collaborative needs assessments (i.e., planning stage grants) to help inform future directions of activities, community engagement, and potential funding opportunities.
  2. Build upon community networks and practices to align efforts.
    1. Proactively communicate and disseminate information to community networks.
    2. Invite participation in showcases, brown bag series, and forums.

Objective 2: Co‐create learning opportunities with communities to inform research and to effect positive change.

  1. Develop joint means to communicate and disseminate information.
    1. Host joint venues which align to community‐based research values and recognize the different levels of scholarship across New Mexico and beyond.

Objective 3: Recognize participation of community partners in collaborative endeavors with CCRCE.

Goal 3: Support COEHS faculty, researchers, students, and staff.

Objective 1. Recognize research contributions and research excellence.

  1. Create a timeline and a plan for disseminating COEHS research activity.
    1. Publish awards on the COEHS website and share information with University Communication and Marketing and broader distribution.
    2. Work with University Communication and Marketing to generate press releases about COEHS research for local and national media.
    3. Disseminate an alumni newsletter.

Objective 2. Support learning exchanges for COEHS investigators.

  1. Develop academic event calendars.
    1. Target a COEHS Merienda that includes community partners and other stakeholders.
    2. Host a morning coffee for investigators.
    3. Meet with Associate Dean for Faculty Development to determine ways to collaborate and leverage resources.
    4. Host university‐wide research and education venues.

Objective 3. Increase capacity to provide opportunities to attend CCRCE and university‐hosted events (i.e., NSF and NIH), seminars or webinars to develop proposals.

  1. Raise awareness of CCRCE and university‐wide events.
    1. Advertise funders’ seminars or webinars.
    2. Raise awareness of university seminars and webinars.

Goal 4: Develop a sustainable infrastructure.

Objective 1. Secure funds for CCRCE research, community engagement, fellowships, travel, and infrastructure.

  1. Identify areas of need and opportunity aligning Center’s mission and faculty/staff/students’ interests.
    1. Develop a survey to obtain interests.
    2. Identify potential funding opportunities.
    3. Convene potential proposal teams.
    4. Develop and submit proposals.

Objective 2. Create efficiencies of research administration services, CCRCE and those provided by the OVPR, OSP, and Shared Fiscal Services.

  1. The Senior Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement/Director of CCRCE will work with Shared Fiscal Services, the OSP Director, and the OVPR to evaluate processes and procedures.
    1. Attend regularly scheduled meetings with OVPR, OSP, and Shared Fiscal Services.
    2. Attend regularly scheduled meetings with the CCRCE Research Support Team.
    3. Attend regular meetings with the COEHS Dean and Leadership Team.

Objective 3. Create CCRCE visibility with the state legislature, federal agencies, private/ corporate foundations, and donors to secure funding.

  1. The Senior Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement/Director of CCRCE will work with the COEHS Dean to coordinate these efforts.
    1. Meet with UNM Government Relations Office to liaison with federal funding agencies.
    2. Meet with UNM Foundation and Alumni Relations Office to liaison with private/corporate funders.
    3. Meet with COEHS Dean and CCCRCE Development Officer to identify and liaison with potential donors for gifts.
    4. Support the Dean’s efforts at the state level.
    5. Create both print and electronic CCRCE marketing and informational materials (i.e., a brochure).

Objective 4. Create CCRCE visibility with domestic and global associations.

  1. The Senior Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement/Director of CCRCE will work with the COEHS Dean to coordinate these efforts.
    1. Compile a list of associations to disseminate CCRCE information.
    2. Create both print and electronic CCRCE marketing and informational materials (i.e., a brochure).

Objective 5. Create a plan for funded and unfunded visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate fellows.

  1. The Senior Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement/Director of CCRCE will work with the CCRCE Advisory Board to coordinate these efforts.
    1. Create guidelines.

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Sylvia Celedón-Pattichis, Ph.D.
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Denise Wallen, Ph.D.
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