Committee to Institutionalize Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship (CIURCS)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Committee to Institutionalize Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship is to provide all students with diverse opportunities to participate in research, scholarly, and creative activity with faculty and other professionals. These experiences will enhance students’ abilities to

  • Think critically and problem-solve                     
  • Develop investigative skills and professional roles
  • Synthesize knowledge
  • Gain skills for life-long learning and careers.
This mission has received the support of the Faculty Senate, Chancellor, and Provost at Western Carolina University.

Committee Members

  • Ann Hallyburton, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Liaison
  • Brian Railsback, Dean of The Honors College; Professor, Department of English
  • Carol Burton, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies 
  • David Butcher, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Physics
  • Glenda Hensley, Assistant Professor, Department of Stage and Screen; Theatre in Education program director 
  • Jill Manners, Associate Professor, Athletic Training Program 
  • John Whitmire, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion
  • Mark Lord, Department Head and Associate Professor of Geology; Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources 
  • Michelle Hargis, Associate Dean, Graduate School and Research
  • Sean O'Connell, Associate Professor of Microbiology and H.F. “Cotton” and Katherine P. Robinson Professor of Biology, Department of Biology
  • Sharon Dole, Associate Professor, Department of Human Services
  • Wesley Stone, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering & Technology
  • William Kwochka, Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Physics
  • William Richmond, Associate Professor,  Department of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, and Economics
  • Winford Gordon, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Ron Davis, Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Conservation Management, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources

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