BOONE, N.C. — A group of five faculty and staff at Appalachian State University received $9,003 in funding from the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) to develop PREParation for Appalachian Research Experiences (PREPARE), a customized mentoring program for junior faculty in the university’s Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS).
They are Karen Fletcher, director of Grants Resources and Services within Appalachian’s Office of Research, Dr. Shawn Bergman, associate professor in Appalachian’s Department of Psychology, Dr. Gary McCullough, professor and associate dean of research and graduate education in Appalachian’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Katie Howard, assistant director of Grants Resources and Services, and Charna Howson, director of Sponsored Programs within the Office of Research.
According to Fletcher, limited support staff at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) reduces the amount of comprehensive assistance that research faculty receive while preparing grant proposals.
“Faculty at Appalachian, a PUI, do not necessarily receive individual instruction on how to navigate the grant landscape nor the internal grant systems and procedures,” she said. “The PREPARE mentoring program will provide comprehensive grant development and grant submission training and is designed to improve the support infrastructure of Appalachian’s Office of Research.”
Nine junior BCHS faculty will be chosen to participate in PREPARE and will be introduced to a mentor network that will counsel selected mentees on establishing a realistic research agenda, improving skills in securing grants, seeking appropriate external funding sources, and promoting compliance with internal and external protocols for the overarching purpose of creating faculty advocates for Office of Research staff and increasing successful grant submissions.
“This program has the potential to expand to other colleges on Appalachian’s campus, as well as serve as a model for other PUIs,” Fletcher said.
About the Office of Research
Appalachian State University’s Office of Research provides support for the research, creative, and scholarly endeavors of Appalachian faculty, staff and students. The office consists of five units: Grants Resources and Services, Sponsored Programs, Research Design and Analysis, and Research Protections. The Office of Research also collaborates with the university’s Special Funds Accounting on the fiscal management of awarded projects. Learn more at https://research.appstate.edu.
About the Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology
Appalachian’s Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology serves more than 1,000 undergraduate majors seeking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, as well as 80 graduate students in three master’s programs (experimental psychology, school psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology and human resource management) and the clinical psychology (Psy.D.) doctoral program. Learn more at https://psych.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Appalachian State University’s Beaver College of Health Sciences is devoted to the study of human communication and associated disorders. The department offers the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. The undergraduate program provides students with the academic preparation and clinical exposure needed to enter professional graduate programs in speech pathology or audiology, or to pursue entry-level work in related areas. The master’s program prepares students to work as licensed speech therapists in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics. Learn more at https://comdis.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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