Interdisciplinary centers may be created to support and advance research, education, or public engagement initiatives.
There are three categories of interdisciplinary centers at the University:
- University-wide Center: includes members from different colleges and/or campuses; is aligned with the University’s strategic priorities; must be authorized by the President and Executive Vice President; and reports to the Executive Vice President, or one of the Vice Presidents, or designee.
- Intercollegiate Center: includes members from different colleges and/or campuses.
- Collegiate Center: includes mostly members from the same college, although the work could be of an interdisciplinary nature.
Center faculty or staff seeking to create an interdisciplinary center must submit a request to the appropriate dean(s) for approval. If approved, the dean(s) will then seek the appropriate executive approval(s) prior to beginning work (see applicable procedures for the appropriate type of center).
University-wide Center directors must submit an annual report to the senior leader to whom they report. All other centers are encouraged to follow the same guidelines for annual reports and established reviews. All center directors must update information annually in the University’s database of centers and institutes (http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/centers/).
Authorization for University-wide and intercollegiate centers is for a limited period of time, e.g., 5-7 years, specified at the time the center is established. Prior to renewal, a formal review and assessment must be performed.
Reason for Policy
This policy creates the administrative structure necessary to provide an environment supportive of interdisciplinary efforts and the strategic priorities of the University, its campuses, and collegiate units. Through this policy, uniform methods of creating, ensuring the quality and measuring the effectiveness of interdisciplinary centers and institutes are provided for all collegiate units and faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public engagement. In addition, the policy delineates the different types of centers and the review and approval processes appropriate for each.