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Announcement: Appointment of the Executive Director of REEP

April 22, 2009 - The Office of Research Administration has successfully concluded a nation-wide search for the position of Executive Director of the Office of Research Ethics, Education, and Policy.  The search committee was chaired by Dr. Eric Meslin, Director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, and included faculty and administrators from several campuses.  The Office of Research Administration is pleased to announce the appointment Dr. John R. Baumann as Executive Director.  Dr. Baumann is in the process of moving from Kansas City, Missouri and will begin his appointment as Executive Director as of July 1, 2009.

REEP is a new university-wide research support function that will coordinate educational initiatives in the areas of research ethics and research compliance.  In addition, REEP will support the development and vetting of research related policy.  REEP will work closely with the Poynter Center, the Center for Bioethics, the Clinical Translational Science Institute, and the Graduate School to institute a Responsible Conduct in Research program.  REEP will work directly with the IU research community as well as facilitate compliance education for central and departmental staff and IU research compliance committees.

Dr. Baumann has most recently served as the Vice Provost for Research and Director of the Office of Research Services at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC).  As the Chief Research Officer for UMKC, he has been responsible for all aspects of the campus’ research efforts, including but not limited to: sponsored programs administration (pre- and post-award); serving as Institutional Official for and directing the campus’ programs for bio-safety, radiation safety, conflicts of interest, laboratory animal centers, and the protection of human and animal subjects; research-based scientific misconduct; intellectual property; core facilities; internal grant programs; and strategic planning.  At UMKC, he also oversaw four grant funded centers related to technology transfer in the substance abuse field and economic development.  At UMKC, Dr. Baumann has developed and taught a series of courses on the Responsible Conduct of Research.  Dr. Baumann also serves as a Site Reviewer for the Association for the Accreditation Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), Chair of the IRB for the American Academy of Family Physicians, and Chair of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the National Development and Research Institutes. 

Prior to joining UMKC in 2001, Dr. Baumann served as the Deputy Executive Director of National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., a private not-for-profit behavioral science research institute in New York City with a primary focus on substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and related social problems.  He has also taught in a wide variety of courses in sociology, criminology and law and justice at Hofstra University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of Massachusetts – Boston, and Boston State College. 

Dr. Baumann earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and has more than 15 years of direct hands-on experience in research grant management within both private not-for-profit and university research environments. Dr. Baumann has been intimately involved in all aspects of proposal development and submission, post-award research administration, and research compliance.  He has also coordinated the development and submission of major applications in support of research, technical assistance, outreach, and training programs to federal, state, and private (corporate and foundation) funding sources.  Dr. Baumann has been the Principal Investigator on awards related to institutional programs of public service and research-infrastructure development.  He has conducted training sessions and delivered presentations on a wide variety of issues related to grant development, grants management and research compliance. 

Dr. Baumann is the father of two teenage daughters.  He has been active in a wide variety of political and community-based organizations centered on such issues as crime, justice, violence, and prisoners’ rights.