Research endeavors at Marquette are overseen by the vice provost for research and graduate studies. The ORSP, which reports to the vice provost, is staffed by an executive director, director of grants administration, director of project planning and development, contract administrator and director of technology, assistant director of grants administration, assistant director of project planning and development, grants assistant, and office coordinator. The ORSP fosters excellence in sponsored projects by promoting best practices, policies and procedures that ensure consistency and efficiency in transactions with sponsors and partners. The ORSP also hosts a number of forums throughout the year to provide ongoing preparation of scholars on the Marquette campus and opportunities for collaboration. Grant accounts are administered and monitored by ORSP and the Office of the Comptroller. These offices have extensive experience in administering awards and currently administer nearly $19 million in grants and contracts. All grants receive a unique account, and no funds are commingled. Internal controls have been established for accountability.
Approximately 500 students are enrolled in the CCNE-accredited undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Graduate programs prepare nurses for advanced practice in midwifery, children and families, adult nursing, acute care nursing, older adult nursing, and health care systems leadership. Advanced-practice roles include nurse-midwife, clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner. The Ph.D. program prepares nurse scholars in dual roles, preparing them for research and academic roles. Examples of college initiatives are: establishing leadership roles in integrating academic and clinical practice activities; operating a nurse-managed clinic for disadvantaged clientele; delivering care and providing learning opportunities through urban partners for healthy children; performing leadership roles in international health with projects in the Republic of Georgia and Kenya; actively engaging in the nursing redesign project; conducting health promotion activities within the university and the surrounding urban community; and offering continuing education programs. The college has affiliations with more than 80 clinical agencies providing diverse contexts for learning. Faculty members are actively engaged in research, training and development activities, generally generating more than $1 million in extramural funding annually.
The College of Nursing has an associate dean of graduate programs and research who oversees research activities within the college. An array of additional resources are available within the college to support investigators. Among them are two full-time research assistants who are available to unfunded faculty and faculty preparing research proposals. In addition, there is a mentorship program for faculty to assist them in establishing a research trajectory and with proposal preparation and post-award management. Ongoing programs are offered to faculty to assist them with proposal development, design and measurement issues, and methodological approaches, to name a few. In addition, there is editorial support for manuscript writing, and internal and external proposal reviews are supported.
A number of software packages are available to faculty, including SPSS, N6 and Nvivo. There are more than 15 computer labs across campus, offering PC and Mac options with a wide variety of installed software. There is a computer laboratory in the College of Nursing with 16 computers. Marquette has a well-staffed Information Technology Services Department and a technical support specialist to the College of Nursing.
All faculty members have individual offices with computers, printers and telephone lines with voicemail. All funded research projects are housed in study offices dedicated to research activities.
The John P. Raynor, S.J., Library
The John P. Raynor, S.J., Library and adjoining Memorial Library serve faculty research needs with more than 1.5 million volumes and an expanding collection of online research resources, including more than 14,000 full-text online journals and more than 225 electronic databases and journal indexes. Notable resources include Medline, CINAHL, Evidence Based Medicine Reviews, SPORTDiscus, PsycINFO and ERIC. Raynor Memorial Libraries, which opened in August 2003, contains a two-level Information Commons, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and has more than 200 PCs, an information desk, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, all current periodicals, browsing and reference collections, an academic conference center, the Writing Center, the Center for Teaching and Learning, two classroom/labs, and a cafeteria. Memorial Library houses the bulk of the book and journal collections on six levels with private study carrels for faculty. The staff of 31 librarians and archivists specializes in reference services, instruction activities, particularly in core courses, and implementing technology in a wide array of services.
This state-of-the-art library also offers wireless Internet service throughout. In addition, more than 200 PCs offer PC and Mac platforms. All PCs have access to reference CD-ROM databases. Color and monochrome laser printers are available.