Advocacy Advisory Committee

Ms. Kris Andrews (At-Large)
University of Wisconsin - System Administration

Dr. Maria T. Iacullo - Bird Ph.D. (Arts & Humanities)
Pace University New York Campus

Alexa Sand (Arts & Humanities)
Utah State University

Ms. Kris Andrews (At Large)
University of Wisconsin - System Administration

Dr. Joyce J. Fernandes (Biology)
Miami University

Dr. George C. Shields (Chemistry)
Bucknell University

Dr. Lee Phillips (Geosciences)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Pamela A. Martyn - Nemeth (Health Sciences)
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Griff Elder (Math/CS)
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Dr. Scott Bates (Psychology)
Utah State University

Dr. Kathy Sexton-Radek (Psychology)
Elmhurst College

Dr. Carol R Strong (Social Science)
University of Arkansas at Monticello Political Science

Dr. Janet E. Stocks (URPD)
Trinity Washington University Education

The charge of the Advocacy Committee is to:

·        Identify and utilize member expertise, and foster the internal capacity of members to advocate;

·        Coordinate with Division Chairs/Division Advocacy Committees to gather discipline]specific issues;

·        Monitor current developments in academic policy, funding and issues relevant to higher education;

·        Report to the Executive Officer and E-Board about advocacy issues.

CUR has partnered with Washington Partners and has put together a web page of materials for CUR Member reference. The web page houses information on advocacy and government relations issues. Topics of interest include legislative and event summaries, information on on federal funding resources, ongoing update on the higher education act, and a learning and links section with descriptions of common government processes and links to useful websites. 

To access this page, please visit the members only page from the CUR homepage. Please note that you will need your members only login to access the page. Should you have any questions or comments regarding this page, please direct them to

Ways to Foster External Relations

1)      Highlight your events celebrating undergraduate research with invitations to:
§         members of congress,
§         state legislators,
§         local leaders and the local community (e.g., city councilors; county commissioners; members of the chamber of commerce; Rotary Clubs; K-12 superintendents; and members of disciplinary societies), and
§         members of your campus community (e.g., Board of Trustees members; general counsel; representatives from the offices of external affairs, advancement/development, and public relations).
2)      Send press releases to your local media and campus community identifying undergraduate research highlights and accomplishments.
3)      Launch an event at your State House celebrating undergraduate research and invite state legislators (e.g., a “Posters on the Hill”-type event).4)      Share undergraduate research highlights and accomplishments (including the broader impact of the research) with program officers at funding agencies.
5)      Include undergraduate research as part of your institutional narrative (e.g., by making it an integral component of your institution’s website), and include undergraduate research in your institution’s mission, vision, and strategic plans.6)      Share your undergraduate research ideas and announcements with others through publications (e.g., Inside Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education).
7)      Promote interactions between alumni and students currently involved in undergraduate research.
8)      Establish undergraduate research collaborations with other organizations and research centers at the local, national and international level.
9)      Get involved in new faculty orientation at your institution, using CUR as a resource. 
If you have additional strategies to add, please send them to the Government and External Relations Committee at