The Research Council administers a fund to support faculty research and to encourage creative activity on the part of the faculty. The President appoints six faculty members for one year terms. While serving, members may not apply for Research Council funds. If serving on the Institutional Review Board, a faculty member cannot serve on Research Council. The Academic Vice President, the Dean of Library Services, and the Director of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPAR) serve as ex officio members. The chair will be appointed annually by the President from among the members.