Grants Workshop sponsored by the Provost's Office and the Office of Research

Apr. 16, 2013


All faculty are welcome to attend the "Faculty Working With Faculty" Grants Workshop, sponsored by the Provost’s Faculty Mentoring Program and the Office of Research.  This event will be held 3:30-5:00pm on Tuesday, April 16th in the Grand Hall of Tam Alumni Center.  Participants may choose from 13 topic areas.


  • 3:30-3:45: Opening remarks by Provost John White and VP for Research Tom Piechota
  • 3:45-4:00: Martin Schiller will present on the UNLV School of Life Sciences Grant Club
  • 4:00-5:00 Senior Faculty host grant tables for two 25 minute sessions
    Each senior faculty will host 8 participating faculty colleagues at each table. We have purposely chosen a broad number of topics to appeal to a wide range of faculty from across campus and as well to foster interdisciplinary engagement. These brief and focused discussions will encourage conversations and collaborations beyond the workshop. 

Senior Hosts & Topics: 

David Baird Professor, Architecture

  • Grant Topic: Community Grants
  • Brief Bio: Professor Baird has received more than $1 million in grants from federal agencies (US Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, and Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Department of Housing and Urban Development) and private, state, and local agencies (Habitat for Humanity and State of Louisiana Arts Council).

Willy Bauer Associate Professor, History

  • Grant Topic: Faculty Fellowships
  • Brief Bio: Dr. Bauer has held Fellowships at Stanford University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Davis, the Newberry Library and the American Philosophical Society's Library.

Christine Clark Professor, Teaching and Learning

  • Grant Topic: Diversity-related Grants
  • Brief Bio: Dr. Clark has been the recipient of more than $5 million in external grant money over her distinguished career. Many of these are diversity related grants from industry such as Harrah’s and NV Energy and foundations such as Ford Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Brad Donohue Professor, Psychology

  • Grant Topic: NIH ROI Grants
  • Brief Bio: As PI, Dr. Donohue has received 2 R01 grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA; approximately $3.3 million) and two Summer Research Program grants from NIDA (approximately $40,000). As Site PI he has received approximately $350,000 for sub-awards from NIDA. He has additionally received more than$ 300,000 in non-federal grants as PI. He has reviewed external grants submitted to CDC, World Anti-Doping Agency, several study sections for NIDA and NASA.

Carolee Dodge-Francis Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Grant Topic: Aspiring Grant Success through Innovation and Collaboration
  • Brief Bio:Dr. Dodge Francis is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.  She is an Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the American Indian Research and Education Center in the School of Community Health Sciences.  She is recognized nationally for her research, program development, and evaluation work within Tribal communities.  She has collaborated, written, and secured more than $1 million in external grant funding.  Dr. Dodge Francis has received funding support from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases, Nevada State Health Department, and the Milagro Foundation.

Karen Harry Associate Professor, Anthropology

  • Grant Topic: Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network, National Park Service. Advantages of working with federal agencies to obtain funding that supports our academic, research, and educational goals
  • Brief Bio: Since 2005, Dr. Harry has received more than seven awards, totaling more than $1.43 million dollars in funding from the National Park Service to conduct archaeological fieldwork on NPS lands. These funds, funneled through UNLV, have been awarded through the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network, a consortium of scientists, resource managers, and conservation professionals designed to encourage research cooperation between academic institutions and federal agencies. In addition to these awards, she has also received various grants through the National Science Foundation as well as through other internal and external agencies.

Chris Hudgins Professor, English (Dean of Liberal Arts)

  • Grant Topic: Philanthropic and Grants Funding for the Humanities: Board Membership and Beyond
  • Brief Bio: As English Department Chair and as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Hudgins has garnered nearly $2 million in external funding from agencies including, among others, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nevada State Legislature, the Nevada Humanities Committee, the Eisenhower Foundation, and local foundations and donors.

Kelly Mays Associate Professor, English

  • Grant Topic: NEH Fellowships; Grants & Program Committee of Nevada Humanities
  • Brief Bio: Dr. Mays has received 4 external fellowships — 2 dissertation fellowships from 2 different private foundations (Mabelle McLeod Lewis and Whiting) and 2 NEH fellowships, one "Extending the Reach" award targeted specifically at faculty from minority-serving colleges and universities and one general/generic "Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars.” She also chairs the Grants & Program Committee of the Nevada Humanities Committee.

Brendan O’Toole Professor, Mechanical Engineering

  • Grant Topic: Interdisciplinary Collaborations
  • Brief Bio: Dr. O’Toole has developed a strong research program by serving as the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on more than 55 projects totaling more than $12 million in funding from 27 different agencies and companies.

Peg Rees Professor, Geoscience (Interim Vice Provost for Educational Outreach, Executive Director Public Lands Institute)

  • Grant Topic: National Science Foundation funding science and women and minorities in science and/or other federal funding mechanisms regarding research and education on public lands
  • Brief Bio: In her role as Executive Director of the Public Lands Institute, Dr. Rees is responsible for strategic planning and outreach within the state as well as nationally and internationally to guide and develop the institute. She has served as PI or Co-PI on more than $25 million in sponsored program funds from 2004 – 2013 from federal land management agencies using the funding vehicle of Cooperative Ecosystem Study Units (CESU) and UNLV-National Park Service cooperative agreements for research, education, and outreach. She was fully funded by NSF for more than 15 years. Peg has served NSF in many capacities, including as a panel member numerous times for research and education funding as well as women and minority in science; as a member of Antarctic Board of Directors; as an NSF site visitor to a university holding a $3 million woman in science ADVANCE grant, and as a member and chair of multiple NSF committees of visitors.

Barb Roth Professor, Anthropology

  • Grant Topic: National Science Foundation grants and Funding Boards
  • Brief Bio: Dr. Barbara Roth is an archaeologist who studies prehistoric cultures in the Southwestern U.S. and Mojave Desert.  Her main areas of interest include hunter-gatherer adaptations to arid environments, the transition from hunting and gathering to farming, and the social changes (household organization, gender roles) that result from this transition.  She has conducted research at the Harris Site, a Pithouse period (AD 550-1000) village located in the Mimbres River Valley of southern New Mexico, for the past five years on a grant funded by the National Science Foundation.

Martin Schiller Professor, Life Sciences

  • Grant Topic: UNLV School of Life Sciences Grant Club/NIH RO1
  • Brief Bio: Dr. Schiller has received more than $3 million dollars of NIH funding, including 2 current NIH RO1 grants.  

Stowe Shoemaker Professor, Hotel Administration

  • Grant Topic: Extracting Funding From Industry
  • Brief Bio: Dr. Shoemaker is a Lincy Professor and member of the Executive Education faculty at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and adjunct faculty member at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he is using his knowledge of hospitality operations to improve patient satisfaction. Dr. Shoemaker’s research has won numerous awards, and he has published two textbooks on hospitality marketing.