Chair and Vice Chair Biographies
Associate Vice President for Research Administration
California Institute of Technology
Richard Seligman has been a university research administrator for more than forty years. He currently serves as Associate Vice President for Research Administration at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Prior to joining Caltech, Dr. Seligman was at UCLA for twenty-seven years in a variety of research administration positions, including Director, Office of Contract and Grant Administration.
Dick has been an active participant in the Federal Demonstration Partnership since its inception. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee and will become Chair of the FDP later this year. Dick has been a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) since 1975. He has served NCURA in a variety of positions, including President and as a member of the NCURA Board of Directors. In 2000, he received NCURA’s highest honor, the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration.
Dick serves as Caltech’s Primary Representative to the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR). From 2007 to 2014, he served on the Business and Operations Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, including two years as Co-Chair.
Dick earned a doctorate in higher education from UCLA in 1969. He has written on various research administration subjects, including conflict of interest, cost sharing, and contracting with industry. For the past two years, he has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Master’s Program in Research Administration at Johns Hopkins University.
Michele Masucci, Ph.D
Vice President for Research
Professor of Geography and Urban Studies
Michele Masucci, (Ph.D., Clark University) is the Vice President for Research and a Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. She also founded and continues to direct a research center called the Information Technology and Society Research Group, initiated at Temple in 2002. In her role as the Vice President for Research, she oversees the research enterprise operations for the University, including research strategic, government, and development initiatives; technology transfer and business development operations; research integrity and compliance; grant administration; and research technical support. She has led the planning, implementation and oversight for a university-wide strategic initiative to expand research and innovation. This effort has resulted in a sustained increase in external funding in the areas of Traumatic Brain Injury, Environmental Change, Materials Research, Big Data Research and Analytics, and Science Innovation.
Throughout Dr. Masucci’s tenure in academia, her work has examined how barriers to accessing information resources broadly and geographic information technologies specifically are interrelated with community development and environmental quality problems, including accessing health, education, and social services. Her research projects supported the development of a university-community partnership program with organizations that address human rights issues, community and environmental planning organizations in the Southeastern U.S. and in Brazil involved in water quality monitoring and assessment, and with informal educational settings on integrating information technology curricula through educational programs aimed at advancing knowledge of to develop information resources. She has been awarded funding from a number of funding agencies and foundations, including: the National Science Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce – EDA, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, the Philadelphia Youth Network.
Dr. Masucci leads the Pipelines Initiative that aims to address the research administration challenges associated with expanding access to STEM careers for women and underrepresented minorities. She is also Temple's representative to the Government University Industry Research Round Table (GUIRR) of the National Academies. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Affiliated Universities, the Board of Directors for the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Directors of the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Health Advisory Committee.