Dear friends and colleagues,
Despite the challenges encountered in spring quarter, you have kept us busy, and inspired, with 25 proposal submissions and by quickly adapting our 80 active sponsored projects to the virtual environment. Though much of our planned spring programming was postponed, we are grateful to have hosted our first virtual Faculty Happy Hour, “Continuing Scholarship in the Time of Crisis?” with the Center for Faculty Development in May (more below here) and piloted a new “Speed Dating” event with the School of Law in June (more below here). As we begin to plan for the 2020-21 academic year, I invite you to complete a short survey to help us understand how we can best support you in grant-seeking and managing awards. Finally, I want to thank all faculty who expressed interest in serving on our OSP Advisory Board and look forward to welcoming our first full, 12-member committee in the fall. OSP staff continues to be available virtually throughout the summer– please don’t hesitate to contact us! Wishing you a restful summer.
Please click here to download a PDF version of the Summer 2020 OSP Observer
Jenna Isakson, MPA
Director, Office of Sponsored Projects
OSP extends a warm welcome and gratitude to our new Advisory Board members, who will serve up to a three-year term. The OSP Advisory Board will be instrumental to ensuring that our office’s services and programming meets the needs of grant-seeking faculty and staff, as well as investigators leading active awards. A hearty ‘Thank you’ to previous members Steve Palazzo (College of Nursing) and Thai-Huy Nguyen (College of Education) who served on our pilot advisory council and have rotated off the committee, and to the following new and returning OSP Advisory Board Members!
• John Carter* | College of Science & Engineering
• Margaret Chon | School of Law
• Cheryl Cooke | College of Nursing
• Elizabeth Dale* | College of Arts & Sciences
• Kristin Hultgren* | College of Science & Engineering
• Mathew Isaac | Albers School of Business
• Hidy Kong | College of Science & Engineering
• Rochelle Lundy | Lemieux Library
• Claus Portner* | Albers School of Business
• Erica Rauff | College of Arts & Sciences
• Nova Robinson | College of Arts & Sciences
• Michael Trice | School of Theology & Ministry
• Kerry Von Esch | College of Education
The OSP greatly values your input as we plan our workshops and support services for the coming academic year! Please consider providing your thoughts via a short (3-4 minute) survey, the results of which will help us in understanding which topics and resources are of most interest and inform decision-making around format, scheduling, and how we can most effectively support you in pursuing external funding and managing awards. Thank you in advance!
Summer Grant Managers Virtual Peer Learning Group: Post-Award Updates
Tues, July 28th 10-11am via Zoom
All staff responsible for managing grant programs and/or budgets are enthusiastically invited to participate in the Summer Virtual Peer Learning Group. In addition to providing an opportunity for open conversation with peers about research and grant management amidst the current crisis, OSP will review new post award tools, including our enhanced Sponsored Projects Expenditure Guide. We hope you’ll join us!
Please RSVP and/or direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2020 Virtual Happy Hour Conversation: Continuing Scholarship in a Time of Crisis?
OSP was pleased to co-host, with the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), a virtual conversation with SU faculty colleagues that explored the question ‘What happens to scholarship when our lives have been significantly disrupted?’ Faculty from all disciplines, career stages, ranks, and experiences (including none) with external funding were invited to join the discussion – facilitated by CFD Director David Green – in which participants shared their shifting relationships to their scholarship programs, challenges therein, and approaches to creating space for writing and research during the pandemic. A full description of the event is available here. We also invite all faculty to visit the library of resources (here) that was curated by OSP and CFD in support of this event. And, a reminder that your Sponsored Research Officer and the Center for Faculty Development are available to consult about any aspect of your research and scholarship!
School of Law Research ‘Speed Dating’
OSP and the School of Law partnered to facilitate this event, which featured quick 10-minute sessions in which faculty members shared their research agendas and external funding needs with staff from OSP, the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and the School of Law Development Director. Nearly 40 funding opportunities have been shared with the law faculty as we continue to develop strategies and refine projects. If your department or college is interested in hosting a similar event, please contact email@example.com!
Spring Grant Managers Peer Learning Group: COVID-19 Impacts
Slides and materials from the April Grant Managers Peer Learning Group focused on grant management and potential impacts to externally-funded projects as a result of COVID-19 and the associated campus closure are available here. During this session, OSP reviewed the steps taken to proactively determine the effect of sponsor policies, led a discussion of issues that have arisen due to the crisis, and provided an overview of procedures associated with making changes to grant budgets and/or deliverables. This event was part of the quarterly series OSP hosts for staff responsible for managing grant programs and/or budgets.
New Funds Awarded
Congratulations to the below investigators who were recently awarded funding to support Seattle University research and initiatives*!
Albers School of Business and Economics
Jennifer Hong | The Effect of Display Location of On-Premise Signage on Consumers’ Attitude and Behaviors | Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education
Center for Community Engagement
AyeNay Abye | Early Learning Home Educational Kits | Bainum Family Foundation
Kent Koth | Annie E. Casey Foundation 2020 Place-Based Justice Network | Annie E. Casey Foundation (renewal)
College of Arts and Sciences
Hye-Kyung Kang, Anne Farina and Aakanksha Sinha | Development of an Open Access Platform of Case Studies for Global Social Work | Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education of the Council on Social Work Education
Christina Roberts | Indigenous Peoples Institute | San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (renewal)
College of Education
Cinda Johnson | Pre-Employment Transition Collaboration and Support | Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Kerry Soo Von Esch and Patricia Venegas-Weber | Preparing Teachers to Facilitate Asset-based Science & Literacy Discourse in Dual and Multilingual Elementary Classrooms | University of Washington (James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Science Initiative – Understanding Teacher Change and Teachers as Learners)
College of Nursing
Mo-Kyung Sin | Parkinson’s Disease Nursing Student Ambassador Program | Parkinson’s Foundation
College of Science and Engineering
Wes Lauer and Se-Yeun Lee | Joint Venture Agreement: Integrating Infrastructure and Ecosystem | U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (renewal)
School of Law
Lorraine Bannai | Race Rights and National Security: Law and the Japanese Incarceration | Minami Tamakai Yamamuchi Kwok & Lee Foundation
Lauren Johnson | 2021 Summer Business Institute | U.S. Bank
In addition to the above awardees, we would like to congratulate the 25 investigators from the 10 colleges, schools, programs, and centers who submitted proposals this quarter. This constitutes an over 28-percent increase in submissions over last fiscal year-to-date!
*Note: This list comprises all new and renewed sponsored projects awarded in the second quarter of the current fiscal year (April 1-June 30, 2020). For a complete list of funds awarded in the first, second, and third quarters of fiscal year 2020 please see the October 2019 , January 2020, and April 2020 OSP Observers, respectively.
Center for Community Engagement (CCE): Leveraging external funding during the COVID crisis to ensure continuous support of SU’s community partners
Center for Community Engagement (CCE) Team, led by
Kent Koth, Executive Director and AyeNay Abye, Deputy Director
Seattle Local Proof Point Intermediary Planning Grant
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Learning Improvement Network Director, Michelle Cruver
COVID-19 Emergency Funds: Early Learning Home Educational Kits
Bainum Family Foundation
Learning Program Manager, Lupita Torrez
The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) has pivoted to support remote learning with local community partners while maintaining physical distance. Through existing and new local partnerships, the CCE was able to quickly adapt strategies to resource SU’s community partners working with local families. In one such case, CCE worked collaboratively with partners at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to restructure the existing ‘Local Proof Point Intermediary Planning Grant’ to provide a broad range of support to six local elementary schools and local education non-profit organizations. Culturally-responsive continuous learning projects will provide critical engagement for PreK-5th grade scholars and their families experiencing educational disparities as a result of school closures during the pandemic. Led by Michelle Cruver, the Learning Improvement Network will distribute rapid-response COVID Continuous Learning grants to educational partners through this summer and into the Fall transition.
The CCE also secured $30,000 in additional funding through the Bainum Family Foundation to provide at-home ‘early learning kits’ to 100 local families with children from birth to age five. In preparing the grant proposal, Lupita Torrez, Early Learning Manager, engaged with multiple local partners, including Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, Monica’s Village, Yesler Terrace, and the Chinese Information Services Center. The CCE Jumpstart Program, led by Program Manager Aileah Slepski and SU students, also partnered to make this a success. The kits provide families with math, social-emotional, literacy and arts materials to support learning missed due to school closures. In addition, CCE staff – through generous funding from a long-time donor – has coordinated twice-a-month delivery of basic need bundles to the Bailey Gatzert Elementary school community, which include diapers, food, household supplies and other basic personal supplies.
Congratulations to the staff of the Center for Community Engagement and their community-based colleagues as they continue to successfully engage with funding partners and SU’s local community in ways that directly respond to rapidly-emerging and critical needs.
As impacts of COVID-19 continue to evolve, OSP is here to help faculty in thinking through implications to your research and working with sponsors to make necessary changes to awards. The OSP homepage provides an up-to-date and comprehensive inventory of SU and sponsor policies and guidance.
SU is focused on the goal of reopening campus for fall quarter. During the summer, students will not be permitted to engage in on-campus research activities. On-campus faculty research activities may be permitted, if conducted consistent with physical distancing and public health requirements and Governor Inslee's Campus Reopening Guide. Questions about permitted activities and/or other aspects of summer research should be directed to your Dean’s Office.
Please contact your Sponsored Research Officer if you would like to discuss impacts – and possible approaches to addressing them – to your current award and/or grant-seeking activities as a result of the ongoing pandemic!
SU ADVANCE: Request for COVID-19 Faculty Reflections
SU ADVANCE is a university-wide program initiated in 2016 and funded by the National Science Foundation that focuses on critically examining faculty careers and expectations for advancing the professoriate. Recognizing that COVID-19 has upended all aspects of traditional university life, as well as the professional and personal lives of faculty, the SU ADVANCE team is undertaking an
“urgent response” exploration of the ways in which faculty are managing multiple demands during this unprecedented historical moment, with the ultimate aim of developing a solid empirically-based foundation on which to make decisions as SU enters new chapters. SU ADVANCE invites faculty to provide input on their (still unfolding) experiences during COVID-19. The first announcement of this research went out via an email from Academic Affairs in early May. This is simply a reminder that the call for input is still open and all faculty are eligible to participate. Please contact the SU ADVANCE Research & Program Coordinator, Sarah Trainer for more information.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity – Upcoming Curriculum
The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) – an organization dedicated to advancing diversity in academia and supporting faculty in successfully navigating academic careers – provides many excellent resources, all of which are available to faculty through Seattle University’s institutional membership. Instructions for activating your NCFDD membership are provided by the SU Center for Faculty Development here.
Three upcoming programs that may be of interest to SU faculty are:
“Cultivating your Network of Mentors, Sponsors & Collaborators” – Led by Dr. Anthony Ocampo, Associate Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University
Thursday, August 13th (11-12:30pm) – More information and registration here.
Fall 2020 Faculty Success “Bootcamp” Program – Registration is now open for the fall session
(Aug 23rd – Nov 14th 2020) of this popular, and by many accounts exceedingly helpful, 12-week online program designed to guide and coach tenure-track and tenured faculty in developing skills to maximize productivity while maintaining a healthy relationship to work.
We are here to support the full life-cycle of your research and scholarship – from identifying funding opportunities and creating a research plan, developing and submitting competitive proposals, and managing awards. Please reach out to us to request a consultation, notify us of your intent to apply for a funding opportunity, or for help with managing your award!
Your OSP support team:
Sarah Bricknell, MBA
Sponsored Research Officer
Supports CAS, CCE, COE, CSE-Bio, Law & STM
Kara Luckey, PhD
Sponsored Research Officer
Supports ALB, CSE (not Bio), CON & Institutional Efforts
Senior Administrative Assistant
Jenna Isakson, MPA
Please direct any suggestions about how we can make the quarterly OSP Observer most useful to Kara Luckey – we welcome your thoughts!