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Issue Teams

Faculty, students, and staff will collaborate to advance the vision and goals of the strategic plan through five 25-30-member issue teams, drawn broadly from across the campus. 


Members of Strategic Planning Issue Teams



Grand Challenges Research
How does the University apply its research toward solving grand societal challenges?

Bruce Blazar, Director, Clinical Translational Science Institute; Regents Professor, Pediatrics
Varadarajan Chari, Professor, Economics; Frenzel Land Grant Professor of Liberal Arts
Michael Cherlin, Professor, Theory & Composition, Music
Larry Edwards, Gunn Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Earth Sciences
Tom Fisher, Dean and Professor, College of Design
Gunda Georg, Professor and Head, Medicinal Chemistry; Director, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development
Steve Gillard, Program Director, Office of Planning & Analysis
*Reuben Harris, Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, & Biophysics
Christy Haynes, Professor, Chemistry
Bin He, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine
Kristine Igo, Associate Program Director, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (Food Science and Nutrition)
Nicholas Kelley, Research Associate, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Kurt Kipfmueller, Associate Professor, Geography, Environment, and Society
*Joe Konstan, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
Aimee Lace, Undergraduate Student, Psychology and Global Studies
*Al Levine, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs; Professor, Food Science and Nutrition
Hinh Ly, Associate Professor, Veterinary Biosciences
Marvin Marshak, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Physics; Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
Kieran McNulty, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Katey Pelican, Associate Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine; Head, Ecosystem Health Initiative
Abel Ponce de Leon, Professor, Animal Science
Fotis Sotiropoulos, Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering; Director, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
Marilyn Speedie, Dean, College of Pharmacy; Professor, Medicinal Chemistry
Catherine St. Hill, Assistant Professor and Research Coordinator, Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology
David Tilman, Regents Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior; Program Director, Cedar Creek Ecosystems Science Reserve
Hilary Whitham, Graduate Student and Research Assistant, Epidemiology
Caroline Wilmot, Professor and Associate Head, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, & Biophysics
David Zarkower, Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology & Development; Director, Developmental Biology Center


Grand Challenges Curriculum
What does it take for the University to build a curriculum focusing on solving society's grand challenges?

Pamela Baker, Associate Director, University Honors Program
Dennis Becker, Associate Professor, Forest Resources
Jeff Bender, Professor, Veterinary Public Health; Co-director, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center
*Renee Cheng, Associate Dean, College of Design; Professor, School of Architecture
Norm Chervany, Carlson School Professor of Information & Decision Sciences
Bud Duvall, Professor, Political Science
Tina Falkner, Director, Compliance and Continuity, Academic Support Resources
Jonathan Gewirtz, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Psychology
Tim Griffin, Associate Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics; Director, Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics
Kathy Hansen, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Journalism & Mass Communication
Paul Imbertson, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Alexandra Klass, Professor, Law
Sally Kohlstedt, Professor, History of Science & Technology
David Levinson, Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering; Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation Engineering
Ann Masten, Regents Professor and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychology, Institute of Child Development
Robert K. McMaster, Vice Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Education; Professor, Geography
Neil Olszewski, Professor, Plant Biology
Kathryn Pearson, Associate Professor, Political Science
Spencer Peck, Graduare Student, Urban/Regional Planning and Law
Dan Philippon, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, English
Shri Ramaswamy, Professor and Head, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Matthew Ramirez, Undergraduate Student, Chemistry/Art History
Cheryl Robertson, Associate Professor, Nursing
Fred Rose, Director, Acara Program, Institute on the Environment
J.B. Shank, Associate Professor, History; Director, Center for Early Modern History
*Carissa Schively Slotterback, Associate Professor and Chair of Urban and Regional Planning Area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Hannah Specht, Graduate Student, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Joelle Stangler, President, Minnesota Student Association; Undergraduate Student, Political Science
Valerie Tiberius, Professor and Chair, Philosophy
Elizabeth Wattenberg, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Students, Environmental Health Sciences
Mike White, Professor and Head, Animal Science


Reject Complacency
How does the University change the culture in ways that support excellence and, with intention, reject complacency?

Brian Aukema, Associate Professor, Entomology
Kenneth Baker, Building and Grounds Worker, Facilities Management
Barbara Bezat, Assitant Archivist, Northwest Architectural Archives, University Libraries
Connie Buechele, Information Technology Director, Carlson School of Management
Mike Conzemius, Professor, Surgery, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
David Ernst, Chief Information Officer, College of Education and Human Development
Ann Hagen, Assistant Program Director, Diagnostic & Biological Sciences
Holly Harrington, CLA Student Board President; Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Emily Hoover, Professor and Head, Horticultural Science
Cherrene Horazuk, Aide to Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; President of AFSCME Local 3800
Bill Iacono, Regents Professor, Psychology
Jay Kiedrowski, Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Sally Kohlstedt, Professor, History of Science Technology
Alexis Kuhr, Associate Professor, Art
Becky Malkerson, Executive Vice President, Development, University of Minnesota Foundation
Alon McCormick, Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Trevor Miller, Director, External Relations, College of Design
Ryan Olson, Student Senate Consultative Committee Member; Undergraduate Student, College of Liberal Arts
Mark Osborn, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Ferd Schlapper, Director and Chief Health Officer, Boynton Health Service
Yoji Shimizu, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Kay Chair in Biomedical Research; Director, Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.)
*Jakub Tolar, Professor, Pediatrics; Corniea Chair, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation; Director, University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute
*Christopher Uggen, Distinguished McKnight Professor, Sociology; Vice Chair, Faculty Consultative Committee
Connie Wanberg, Faculty Excellence Chair and Professor, Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management
Pam Wheelock, Vice President, University Services; Chief Operations Officer


Reciprocal Engagement
How does the University better leverage its location and establish a culture of reciprocal engagement for the mutual benefit of the University and the community?

Femi Akinnagbe, Medical Student; President, Integrative Health Action League, Center for Health Interprofessional Programs
Neil Anderson, Program Director, Extension
Leon Assael, Dean and Professor, Dentistry
Tanya Bailey, Graduate Student, Social Work; Program Specialist, Minnesota Arboretum
Heidi Barajas, Executive Director, Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center; Associate Professor, Post-secondary Teaching and Learning
Sue Borowick, Director of Professional Development and Learning Life Programs
Sonya Brady, Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Carol Cardona, Professor, Veterinary Biosciences; Pomeroy Chair in Avian Medicine
Nancy Cook, Vaughan  G. Papke Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Lawyering Program, Law School
Jigna Desai, Professor and Chair, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Asian American Studies
Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement; Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Ed Goetz, Director, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs; Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
Laurel Hirt, Coordinator, Community Service Learning Center
Lee Johnston, Professor Swine Nutrition and Management; Director, West Central Research & Outreach Center
Matthew Kaul, Lecturer, Strategic Management and Entrepreneur, Carlson School of Management
Morgan Kinross-Wright, Executive Director, Corporate and Alumni Relations, Carlson School of Management
Sarah Klyman, Undergraduate Student, College of Continuing Education
Sonja Kuftinec, Professor, Theatre Arts & Dance
Leo Lewis, Associate Athletics Director/Community Outreach, Intercollegiate Athletics
*Liz Lightfoot, Professor and Doctoral Program Director, School of Social Work
Stuart McLean, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
Bill O'Neill, Associate Director, Facilities Management
Yuichiro Onishi, Associate Professor, African American and African Studies
*Catherine Squires, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Erik Thurman, Vice President of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations & Principal Gifts, University of Minnesota Foundation
Susan Weller, Director, Bell Museum and Planetarium; Professor, Entomology
*Amelious Whyte, Senior Associate Vice Provost, Office of Student Affairs
Susan Wick, Professor, Plant Biology
May Yang, Undergraduate Student, Communication Studies
Marlene Zuk, Professor, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior


Recruit/Retain Field-Shapers
How do we go about aggressively recruiting and retaining field-changing faculty and researchers? How does transdisciplinarity shape our institutional planning in the arena of faculty responsibilities?

David Bernlohr, Distinguished McKnight Professor and Head, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics; Cargill Chair in Systems Biology of Human Metabolism
Ran Blekhman, Assistant Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology & Development
Elizabeth Bye, Professor and Head, Design, Housing & Apparel
Arlene Carney, Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Cesare Casarino, Professor and Chair, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
Christopher Dovolis, Teaching Specialist, Computer Science & Engineering
*William Durfee, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Kris Fowler, Mathematics Librarian and Strategic Lead, Interdisciplinary Research Initiative, University Libraries
Rhonda Franklin, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ole Gram, Assistant Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
Megan Gunnar, Regents Professor, Institute for Child Development
Alok Gupta, Curtis L. Carlson Schoolwide Chair in Information Management and Chair of Information & Decision Sciences
Sarah Hobbie, Professor, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Mary Jo Kane, Professor, Kinesiology; Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
*Timothy Kehoe, Professor, Economics
Linda Kinkel, Professor, Plant Pathology
Kevin Lang, Graduate Student, Veterinary Medicine
Al Levine, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs; Professor, Food Science & Nutrition
Rachel Levine, Graduate Student & Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, Chemical Engineering
Monica Luciana, Professor and Chair, Psychology
Jason McGrath, Associate Professor, Asian Languages & Literature
Tom Molitor, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair, Veterinary Population Medicine
David Rothenberger, Jay Phillips Professor and Head, Department of Surgery
Akshya Saxena, Graduate Student, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature; Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change Doctoral Fellow
Nathan Springer, Professor, Plant Biology
William Tolman, Professor and Chair, Chemistry
Joan Tronto, Professor and Chair, Political Science
Colin Wendt, Undergraduate Student, Spanish Studies and Physiology, Talle Family Scholar

 *denotes team cochair