To obtain information from faculty and other administrators, the Vice President of Research convenes and chairs the University Research Council, which exists for the general advocacy, support and development of research and sponsored programs throughout the University community.
The council advises and makes recommendations to the Vice President of Research on matters of policy that promote and support research, service and scholarly and creative activity within the University's mission. In addition to the Vice President of Research, membership of the Research Council includes members of the graduate faculty representing each college, the doctoral-granting departments, the National Institute for Aviation Research and other units deemed to be important to the growth and development of research and creative activity at WSU.
Appointments to the council are made by the Vice President of Research in consultation with the Provost and deans of the colleges. Members of the council are expected to represent their constituents, and to report to them and their dean the activities of the council.