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Meet the Research Office Team
Dr. Richard Venditti
Interim Associate Dean for Research
Elis Signe Olsson Professor of Forest BiomaterialsEmail
Primary Responsibilities: Richard provides oversight for the entire college research operation and serves on the Dean’s Executive Team. His responsibilities include leading and developing the college’s strategic research initiatives, assisting faculty with grant submission and management, representing the college on the university Research Operations Council, interfacing with funders, funding agencies and policymakers, creating and maintaining strategic partnerships, increasing multidisciplinary research collaboration, managing, expanding and diversifying sponsored programs, minimizing research-related risk, monitoring disclosures and management of conflict of interest, and supporting the research missions of the departments, centers, college and the university.
Director of Research AdministrationEmail
Primary Responsibilities: Rory provides oversight for the College of Natural Resources research office, including supervision of research staff, facilitating training initiatives, and ensuring our office complies with Federal, State and University policies and regulations related to research administration. She also collaborates and coordinates with central units like Sponsored Programs, Contracts and Grants, other college research offices across campus, and Federal, State and Industrial partners.
CNR Research Office Executive Assistant (temporary)Email
Primary Responsibilities: Paige manages the Associate Dean’s calendar and ensures the Research Office database and proposal/award files are up to date. She also develops and manages content on the Research Office website and assists with the development of presentations, reports and event planning.
Assistant Director for PreAwardEmail
Nancy manages the Pre-award team and proposal workflow, including overseeing all aspects of proposal development, like principal investigator and project team planning meetings, budget development, Request for Proposal (RFP) interpretation, and submission methods. She also collaborates with other research offices across campus around Pre-awards and ensures that all proposals are processed in compliance with Federal, State, Sponsor and University policies and regulations.
Pre-Award Specialist (temporary)Email
Primary Responsibilities: Meg works collaboratively with principal investigators to develop budgets and prepare grant applications. As a pre-award team member, she serves as a resource in all matters related to Federal, State, Sponsor and University policies and regulations for proposal development and submission.
Pre-award Specialist (temporary)Email
Primary Responsibilities: Siar works collaboratively with principal investigators to develop budgets and prepare grant applications. As a Pre-award team member, he serves as a resource in all matters related to Federal, State, Sponsor and University policies and regulations for proposal development and submission.
Primary Responsibilities: Ellen manages the post-award team and monitors all aspects of post-award processes and grant financials, including HR approvals and award modifications. She also organizes research administration training sections, post-award coordination and collaboration with other research offices across campus. She is also responsible for subcontract and cost match tracking, financial reporting, award closeouts and coordination of TEARS/Release Time.
Primary Responsibilities: Christine manages sponsored agreements for the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and is responsible for cost match tracking, financial reporting and award closeouts. She is also the primary contact for all aspects of post-award processes for sponsored agreements, including financials, travel authorizations and award modifications.
Michico 'MJ’ James
Primary Responsibilities: Biomaterials and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and is responsible for cost match tracking, financial reporting and award closeouts. She is also the primary contact for all aspects of post-award processes for sponsored agreements, including financials, travel authorizations and award modifications.
Faculty Governance of Research Administration
The College of Natural Resources maintains a research committee consisting of six faculty on two-year appointments. This committee serves as an advisor to the Associate Dean for Research on matters related to research and administration. In addition, two members of the college research committee serve on the university research committee.