BI Director Implications
Because Broader Impacts as a more global concept is situated and guided by society, Directors of Broader Impacts (BI) or Broader Impacts in Research (BIR) should initially start with an investigation into many aspects of their university and the greater society. Directors of BIR should then engage faculty about the specifics of their research and their research programs. If BIR directors find that faculty have not developed a research program, the directors must either help them develop one or guide them to an organization, like the Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment (CRPDE), who will help them to develop their research program. Directors of BIR should help faculty to develop a Broader Impacts Program within their research program, not just for individual proposals. This Broader Impacts program integrates teaching and service that is complementary to their research program. Service and teaching is a mechanism that can be used to get faculty engaged in figuring out how to obtain and provide a benefit from and to society. BIR directors should make sure that faculty are meeting the key principles that are needed to be described in faculty’s research proposals. If there are faculty and or administrators who do not conduct research, BIR directors should be able to help them accomplish Broader Impacts in their respective areas. Directors of BIR should be able to explain the Broader Impacts Conceptual Framework. The way that these directors carry out their daily activities – their methodology – should align with this Broader Impacts Conceptual Framework.