New Office to Aid Faculty

Gary TallmanPat AlleyHere's an OFFRR faculty shouldn't refuse. It's the newly created Office for Faculty Research and Resources located in Gatke Hall and directed by Gary Tallman, professor of biology and holder of the Taul Watanable Endowed Chair in Science.

The office, which opened in June, will promote and support faculty research and creative pedagogy for the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Education. Assisting Tallman are Pat Alley, associate director, and Kendra Mingo, grants specialist. While Alley and Mingo will devote their full attention to the new initiative, Tallman will split his time between OFFRR and his teaching and research commitments.

The office will help faculty identify sources of grant funding for research and teaching programs and identify foundations appropriate for both purposes. "We will assist faculty with proposal preparation, grant administration and post-award reporting," Tallman said. "If a grant is renewable, we'll assist with that process as well. We are available to help individual faculty and groups of faculty seeking grants for interdisciplinary course work and projects." OFFRR is currently investigating available databases that will assist faculty with locating funding sources

Educating faculty about the finer points of grantsmanship is another function envisioned for the new office. OFFRR will coordinate workshops for faculty on how to find grant sources and how to write proposals. OFFRR will also encourage faculty members to attend off-campus grant writing workshops.

To get things rolling, the office will sponsor a faculty colloquium, "Securing Grants for Research & Teaching: Faculty Tell Their Stories," Friday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. Along with WITS and the International Debate Education Association, OFFRR will also host in Gatke Hall the TGIF event following the colloquium.

According to Tallman, policy development is the fourth objective of OFFRR's mission. "We will help faculty develop policies related to research that are currently lacking. For example, we have no policy on allocation of indirect costs associated with federal grants that typically cover overhead. We also need policies that address intellectual property and research ethics."

OFFRR will also attempt to help faculty secure funding for projects that fall outside the foundation arena.

"OFFRR will act as a clearinghouse for faculty projects," he said. "We now have regular meetings with the major gift officers in University Relations to discuss faculty needs and how they might be prioritized and addressed. We encourage faculty to begin their funding requests with us and let us champion their project."

As the name suggests, OFFRR serves full-time faculty and administrators with faculty status in the CLA and School of Education. OFFRR will also support the development of joint projects among Willamette's various schools and colleges that involve in a substantive way faculty members from the CLA or School of Education.