The USA Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is pleased to announce the 2016 Faculty Development Program Awardees.

Research and Scholarship Development Grant Program

Seed funding up to $25,000 to help tenure and non-tenure track faculty build their research and scholarly programs. Proposals were reviewed by faculty from Schools and Colleges across campus. Applications were reviewed by three-member review panels. Review group assignments were made to minimize conflict of interest and equalize the distribution of applications from each School/College.

College of Arts and Sciences:

Dr. John McCreadie – Professor, Department of Biology – “Measuring Real-Time Changes in Aquatic Ecosystems Using Environmental and Biologically Collected DNA”

Dr. Alison Robertson – Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Sciences – “High Throughput Next Generation CometChip Platform for Assessment of Fish and Human Genome Damage Following Exposure to Harmful Algal Toxins

College of Engineering: 

Dr. Christy West - Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - "Solar Water Splitting using Metal-Decorated Titania"

College of Medicine:

Dr. David Weber - Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology – “Endothelial Calcium Dynamics in Low-Flow Mediated Vascular Remodeling

Seed Grant Program in Support of the Arts and Humanities (FY 17 - R1, October 2016 Competition)

Funding up to $1,500 to assist faculty in exploring new scholarly and creative activities in the Arts and Humanities. Proposals were reviewed and funding was recommended by the Faculty Senate Committee on Research and Scholarly Activity.

  • Dr. Leanne Good, Assistant Professor, Department of History: "Imperial Aristocracy from the Carolingian to the Ottonian Age"
  • Dr. Ellen Harrington, Associate Professor, English Department: "Gender and Representation in the Late Fiction of Joseph Conrad"
  • Dr. Timothy Lombardo, Assistant Professor, Department of History: "Blue-Collar Conservatism: Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia and the Politics of the Urban Crisis"
  • Dr. Susan McCready, Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature: "War and Memory Podcast"
  • Dr. Justin St. Clair, Associate Professor, English Department: "Music and Sound in the Work of Thomas Pynchon"
  • Dr. Anne Jeffrey, Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department: "Moral Failure and Recovery"

Research Productivity Grant Program

Provides concentrated time for faculty to generate pilot or preliminary data that will enhance their competitiveness for a major grant or contract.


The USA ORED wishes to thank all 2016  faculty development program applicants and reviewers for their participation.


The USA Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is pleased to announce the 2017 Cycle 1 (WIN/SPR) Graduate Student Activities Enhancement Program Awardees. 

Graduate Student Activities Enhancement Awards 2017 Cycle 1

Posted:  06 March 2017 - Awarded $14,214,

Cycle 1 (open through 6/30/17), Available Funding Cycle 1 ~$15,000