Identification of Administrative Advisors
For North Central Region
- Administrative Advisors should preferably be associated with a North Central State Agricultural Experiment Station (SAES).
- An AA may be ANY director, associate director, or assistant director in research, extension and/or academic programs. Deans and Associate Deans may serve as AAs. Department Chairs/Heads may also serve as AAs. Potential AAs also include those who have completed the ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development program. It is preferable that they have experience with Multistate Research Processes including experience as committee members and familiarity with the regional Multistate Research Guidelines. The above statements apply to extension directors as well.
- If the situation calls for it, the NCRA may consider assigning a co-advisor to a committee in addition to an assigned Administrative Advisor. Co-advisors may be required when the primary AA of an MRF project is a department head/or chair. The co-advisor would oversee the functions of the primary AA.
- It is preferable that an Administrative Advisor was not an immediately past participant on the project for which he/she is being considered.
- Many AAs, with the exception of department chairs/heads, will serve as AA to at least two regional projects which provides the advantage of reducing the learning curve and endorsing economies of scale in advising.
- Length of term for AAs are: NC and NCCC/NCERA committees-maximum two consecutive 5 year terms; NCAC-one 6 year term; NRSP indefinite.
- Terms begin immediately following appointment of the new Administrative Advisor.