Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies
As revised by the Executive Committee, July 9, 2018 and
As approved by the Academic Senate, October 18, 2018
The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies [IPR] is an interdisciplinary policy research center whose Fellows, scholars, research associates and students provide timely analysis of policy issues relevant to the life of the Church, the University, legislators, scholars and professionals, and concerned citizens, including the media.
IPR provides an interdisciplinary forum that welcomes and encourages participation and active collaboration among scholars, professionals and experts from a variety of disciplines, institutions and faith traditions. Our lectures, conferences, symposia, round-tables and working groups provide the research that supports print and electronic publications, multimedia and other means to share our research with the public, the Church, policymakers, media and interested scholars.
II. Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is comprised of nine (9) members – ex officio, as follows: The Director of the Institute; the Chairs of the following Departments of the School of Arts & Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Education, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology, one (1) representative named by the Dean of the Busch School of Business and one (1) representative named by the Dean of the Columbus School of Law. The representatives of the Columbus School of Law and the Busch School of Business shall be appointed for three (3) year, renewable terms.
B. Duties of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall nominate candidates for Director, who is appointed by the Provost. The Committee also proposes amendments to the bylaws, which are approved by the Provost.
The Executive Committee is responsible, with the advice and consent of the Provost, for approving the Director’s appointment of Fellows and for approving the Director’s appointment of IPR Associates and Student Fellows. It shall also approve the Institute’s strategic plan and its annual budget.
Decisions are made by majority vote of its members, each department or school casting a single vote.
The Executive Committee shall meet at least two (2) times per academic year, and, when necessary, at the call of the Director.
The Director is charged with the operational management and development of the Institute. Nominated by the Executive Committee, the Director is appointed by the Provost by contract. The Director reports to the Provost and consults with the Executive Committee.
IV. IPR Fellows, Scholars, Associates & Student Fellows
Fellows, IPR Scholars, Associates and Student Fellows are the Institute’s principal researchers, and commit to participate actively in the programs and intellectual life of the Institute, including the development of talks, conferences, round-tables or similar events of interest to those active in the development of public or private-sector policy.
Fellows are associated with the Institute by virtue of their written commitment to, and active involvement in, or direction of, one or more IPR research projects, programs or working groups. Appointments are for the duration of their service commitment and will end when the work to which the Fellow has committed is complete, or when the Fellow is no longer actively involved.
2. IPR Scholars & Associates
IPR Scholars are scholars or professionals who are associated with the Institute by virtue of their written commitment to participate in an ongoing or planned policy research project, program or working group.
An IPR Scholar’s appointment ends when he or she ceases to be an active participant in the research project, program or working group to which he or she has committed. An IPR Scholar whose service is complete is eligible for reappointment, or for an original appointment as a Fellow or as an IPR Associate.
IPR Associates are scholars or professionals who are associated with the Institute by virtue of their commitment to, and involvement with, Institute programs.
3. IPR Student Fellows
IPR Student Fellows are graduate or undergraduate students who are associated with the Institute by virtue of their written commitment to participate in an ongoing or planned policy research project, program or working group.
Appointment as a Fellow is made by the Director with the advice and consent of the Provost and the Executive Committee. Members of the Executive Committee or any active Fellow may propose an individual to the Director for consideration.
Appointment as an IPR Scholar, Associate or Student Fellow is made by the Director with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.
The Provost may cancel any appointment for cause.
C. Criteria for Appointment as an IPR Fellow, Scholar, Associate or Student Fellow.
Fellows and IPR Scholars shall have a demonstrated record of academic publication or professional activity in a field of policy research or development that is in accord with the mission of The Catholic University of America and the Institute. Each Fellow and IPR Scholar must be willing to undertake a written commitment to participate in all aspects of the life of the Institute, including involvement in a working group’s efforts, and where necessary and appropriate, fundraising, grant-writing and other development activities.
IPR Associates and Student Fellows shall have a background or interest in the development or implementation of policy in the public or private sector, and must be willing to participate in such aspects of IPR’s work as will advance or sustain their development as scholars or professionals.