Vice President for Research at UNM Mike Dougher has announced a major reorganization of the management of various centers and institutes at the university.  

The newly-formed  Institute for Policy, Evaluation and Applied Research (IPEAR) is consolidating the administration and facilitation of collaborative projects at UNM, allowing them to maneuver more easily through the UNM system. IPEAR replaces the former Institution for Applied Research Sciences.

A management team, appointed by Dougher, will work together to ease the collaborative process.

Robert G. DelCampo, professor in the Anderson School of Management and director of the Innovation Academy; Gabriel R. Sanchez, associate professor of Political Science and director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy; and Carlos Rey Romero, associate vice president for Research and Compliance, are the new management team. The reformulated Institute received the approval of the Faculty Senate, Research Policy Committee, and was vetted and approved by the Office of the Provost.

Dougher stated, “I am extraordinarily pleased that Rob, Gabe and Carlos are on board.  IPEAR offers UNM an opportunity to become more efficient as well as create a ‘front door’ for our applied research enterprise.  This can only attract more grants and contracts and high quality opportunities for our faculty and students.”

How it will work

The formation of IPEAR is aimed largely at increasing efficiency and productivity across the existing service-research centers on campus, especially those with a focus on policy and evaluation.

Within the overall institute there will be two categories of centers, the core centers, Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR), Land Grant Council (LGC) (new), and the Public Leadership Institute (PLI), which is now being formed and affiliated centers.

BBER, CEPR, LGC, PLI will have a formal relationship with the institute, with those directors reporting to the institute, and sharing research and support staff when appropriate.

These four units will serve as the core or foundation of the institute. Beyond these four centers, other centers on campus may be affiliated center members of this consortium. These centers can subscribe to services the Institute offers.

This will allow leadership from applied policy and research centers on campus to meet regularly to enhance collaboration and communication across disciplines, as well as motivate greater efficiency with staffing and grant/contract development.

The affiliated Centers would also have the opportunity to purchase services from the Institute, including grant writing support, grant management support, accounting, HR transactional and research services. Many of these units may be interested in the prospect of becoming formal members of the institute at a later date.

“I am incredibly excited to take on this new challenge,” Sanchez said. “The goal of the Institute is to allow the core and affiliated centers to collaborate on sponsored research projects to significantly enhance UNM’s capacity to address applied and policy oriented research at a time when our state is most in need of this resource.

"The Institute will also serve as a space for interdisciplinary innovation allowing for the creation of new centers that focus on applied research. These new centers would go through a formalized, yet to be defined, process to review and approve those centers.”

“We are a three-headed monster, we all have our roles and are on the same page," said Romero. "This structure will give us the greatest flexibility and operational capacity to ‘build our brand.’” Currently Romero is the initial point of contact. He can be reached at (505) 277.5358.

“After a variety of iterations it appeared that this structure would be the most effective in the UNM structure; we each bring a unique skill set to the Institute”, added DelCampo.

Operating independently, these research service centers duplicate costs, run the risk of interfering with each other’s initiatives and miss out on synergistic opportunities. By combining these centers under a single umbrella the university will be able to enhance their efficiency and supporting infrastructure, integrate and coordinate their strategic initiatives, improve marketing and quality control of UNM’s applied research services, especially to state and local agencies, and streamline communication with policy-makers and other potential clients.

It is anticipated that these efforts will generate more and larger service research contracts for UNM, reduce costs to support these Centers, and engage more faculty and students in community engaged and applied research.

Robert DelCampo

About the managers
DelCampo will continue his work with the Innovation Academy in addition to IPEAR duties. Currently, he holds the Rutledge Endowed Professorship at the Anderson School of Management and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2014.

He has extensive experience in curriculum development having overhauled the MBA program and developed several professional development programs over his 11-year tenure at UNM.  He has a unique view on the UNM experience having served as a faculty member, administrator, student, staff member since first arriving on campus in 1995.  He brings to the position an extensive community, business and faculty network as well as a stellar academic reputation.

DelCampo has authored over 80 scholarly articles, 7 books and has been recognized for his outstanding teaching and scholarly exploits. Additionally, he has been named one of Albuquerque Business First’s 40 under 40 Top Young Professionals and Albuquerque The Magazine’s “People Who Will Change Albuquerque.” He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in addition to his undergraduate and MBA degrees from UNM and is a graduate of Las Cruces High School.

In addition to his work with IPEAR, Sanchez will continue to direct the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy as well as serve on the faculty of the Department of Political Science where he is currently an associate professor.

Gabriel Sanchez
Gabriel Sanchez

Sanchez has extensive experience conducting sponsored research serving as PI or Co-PI on 13 grants or contracts with a total of $5,819,321 in direct funding and $512,336 in in-direct funding since acquiring tenure at UNM. Sanchez has also designed the curriculum for the RWJF Center for Health Policy PhD Fellows that blends high caliber training in health disparities research with an applied policy focus, a background that will serve IPEAR’s focus well.

Sanchez has published his academic research widely across several high profile scholarly journals, is a co-author of Hispanics and the U.S. Political System, one of the most popular Latino Politics textbooks in colleges today, and the author of the recently published book entitled “Latinos and the 2012 Election: The New Face of the American Voter.”  Sanchez is also the director of research for Latino Decisions, the leading survey firm focused on the Latino population in the nation, and has designed and implemented more than twenty surveys with an applied focus in the past few years alone.

A leading expert on Latino and New Mexico politics, Sanchez provides political and health policy commentary to several state, national, and international media outlets. This includes the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Huffington Post, and many other leading outlets. Additionally, he has been named one of Albuquerque Business First’s 40 under 40 Top Young Professionals and is a graduate of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque.

Carlos Rey Romero
Carlos Rey Romero

Carlos Rey Romero is the associate vice president (AVP) for Research & Compliance at UNM, managing director of the UNM Institute of Policy, Evaluation and Applied Research, and is a research scholar in the Anderson School of Management.

In his role as AVP for Research & Compliance he oversees main campus research compliance and is responsible for research outreach and institutional collaborations. Romero’s current research portfolio is in the area of public policy, education program evaluation and leadership.

Prior to being named AVP for Research & Compliance, Mr. Romero served as UNM’s AVP for Research Administration for six years and UNM’s AVP for Government & Community Relations for three years. Prior to joining UNM, Romero served as financial advisor and director of intergovernmental relations at the New Mexico Finance Authority where he provided advice and expert testimony in the area of public finance, planning and infrastructure development to two governors, the New Mexico state legislature and local government leaders.

Romero is the board president for the Alice King Community School Foundation, member of the Alice King Community School Governing Council and is a board member of the New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools. He was appointed to the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA), where he is a member of the Outreach Committee where he helps to inform international commerce discussions at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Romero was a visiting professor of economics at The Armand Hammer United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico; a visiting professor at New Mexico Highlands University and a lecturer at Luna Community College. He focused his teaching and research in the areas of economics, ethics and physics. He was American Chemical Society (ACS) fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory working in the Condensed Matter and Thermal Physics Division.