Where the Learning Never Ends.
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) is directed by James E. Quick, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. Dean Quick is a newcomer to SMU and was previously with the US Geological Survey. He holds a PhD in Geology from California Institute of Technology and has particular expertise in volcanoes and alternative energy sources. Dean Quick has dual responsibilities of supervising research related functions here at SMU and overseeing the University's non-professional graduate programs, with special emphasis on degree programs offered by Dedman College (Humanities and Sciences).
On the research side, the Office of Research Administration, helps faculty obtain funding from federal agencies and other outside sources. The Director reports directly to Dean Quick. This office monitors and assures compliance of grants once they are awarded to faculty members.
Dean Quick chairs the University Research Council, which is composed from a cross-section of faculty across the campus. The University Research Council is also responsible for the assessment of the Ford Research Fellowships and provides recommendations to the Provost.
SMU Research, an annual magazine on research conducted by the faculty at SMU, is published by ORGS with the assistance of the Office of Public Affairs. The Dean is responsible for the selection of the content of the magazine and is assisted by Assistant Dean, Barbara Phillips in overseeing its publication and distribution.
Meet the Dean
James E. Quick is the associate vice president for research, dean of graduate studies, and professor of earth sciences. Dean Quick comes to SMU after a distinguished twenty-five year scientific career with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). He assumed this newly-created position at the University in August 2007 after serving as Program Coordinator for the Volcano Hazards Program with the Survey.