The ECSC has developed an organizational structure and management approach designed to facilitate:
1) Effective communication and dissemination of results among various partners, NOAA, and stakeholders;
2) Successful implementation of goals and objectives;
3) Responsible fiscal operations and use of human and physical resources; and
4) Objective planning assessment, evaluation and improvement of Center activities.
Dr. Audrey Trotman (NOAA: Office of Education, Educational Partnership Program)
The Center Director (Dr. Michael Abazinge) is responsible for the overall management of ECSC, including: directing fiscal and personnel matters; coordinating and planning Center activities; assessing implementation of goals and objectives; representing the Center in NOAA-mandated activities; ensuring that all reporting requirements are met; and serving as the primary interface to NOAA program management.
The Deputy Director (Dr. Bernadette Kelley) will act on behalf of the Center Director and will coordinate ECSC research and training activities. The Deputy Director will work with the ECSC Technical Monitors and NOAA Advisory Council to ensure that ECSC research goals and student training activities are aligned with NOAA research priorities and to identify strategies and implement procedures for a) networking ECSC scientists and student researchers and activities into NOAA/NOS and b) disseminating ECSC research findings and products to NOAA/NOS and other relevant local, regional, and national stakeholders. The Deputy Director will collaborate with the Center Director on all Center activities to ensure success and efficient functioning of the Center.
The Distinguished Scientist (Dr. Charles Jagoe) is responsible for coordinating research activities across the focus areas, facilitating production of peer-reviewed publications, facilitating interactions with NOAA and other scientists, assisting in the acquisition or leveraging of supplemental extramural funding, and mentoring students and faculty throughout the Center. The Distinguished Scientist will work closely with the ECSC Technical Monitors and NOAA Advisory Council to stay abreast of NOAA/NOS research priorities and work with the ECSC Leadership Team (as further described below) to ensure that the ECSC research goals and related student training activities are aligned with these research priorities. The Distinguished Scientist will also oversee ECSC efforts related to the cross CSC Collaborative Initiative.
The Education and Outreach Lead (Dr. Bernadette Kelley) is responsible for overseeing the expansion of the pipeline for students into NOAA-related sciences as well as the advancement of student training in the STEM and socioeconomic disciplines from under-represented minority communities. Together with the the Deputy Director, the Education and Outreach Lead is also responsible for identifying and coordinating the implementation of the ECSC student core competencies that are critical to the Center's student training objectives. Along with the Center Director, the Deputy Director and Distinguished Scientist, the Education and Outreach lead is involved in Center's decision making processes.
The Leadership Team works closely with the NOAA EPP Program Manager (Dr. Audrey Trotman), Technical Monitors and Advisory Council to ensure that research and training activities are aligned with NOAA/EPP/NOS goals and objectives. This team includes the Center Director, Deputy Director, Distinguished Scientist, Education and Outreach Lead, Program Coordinator, Coordinator-Finance, and Coordinator-Student Affairs.
The Executive Committee helps to coordinate and ensure that Center research and training activities are effectively carried out. This team includes all members of the Leadership Team and participating Institutional PIs, and Focus Area Leads.
NOAA-ECSC is funded under the NOAA/EPP Cooperative Agreement Award# NA11SEC4810001
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