Two great schools: One great community!

Using the tagline, “Two great schools and one great community”, the College of Education and Human Development has been working to develop more sustainable partnerships with Bryan Independent School District.  Under the direction of Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson, Clinical Professor and Director of Educator Preparation Programs of the College of Education and Human Development and in collaboration with the Outreach Services of the College of Education-Research and Development (CERD) office, “The Good Neighbor Project” with Bryan ISD will be a renewed commitment to the district


Research Dean’s Corner

by Dr. Susan Bloomfield

Here we are already at the end of May, when many of us are catching our collective breath, cleaning up from a busy semester, and (for some) tackling new projects and impending proposal deadlines.    As we head into summer, thanks for taking a moment to read this newsletter – it’s our chance to communicate directly with our research faculty on issues common to us all, including some of the nuts and bolts involved in applying for and then managing your externally funded projects.



New Awards: February 9, 2018-May 29, 2018

Name Agency Title Funding
Beverly Irby (Co-PI) National Science Foundation EXP: To Enact, To Tell, To Write: A Bridge to Expressive Writing through Digital Enactment 26,010
Beverly Irby (Co-PI) Department of Defense-National Security Agency Teach the Teacher: GenCyber Summer Camps 2,201
Kimberly Vannest (PI) Bossier Parish ISD – Department of Defense Project TACTICAL 36,002
Laura Stough (PI) Sidem, LLC – DHHS-Administration for Community Living Resources for Disaster and Disability (REDDy) 39,398
Jennifer Ganz (PI), Kimberly Vannest (Co-PI), and Margaret Foster (Co-I) US Department of Education – Institute of Education Sciences Meta-Analyses of Variables Related to Instruction in Augmentative and Alternative Communication Implementation 600,000
Oi-man Kwok (PI), Eunkyeng Baek (Co-PI), and William McIntosh (Co-PI) TAMU T3 T3 – Understanding Online Learners: The Development of the Online-Learning Readiness Scale (ORES) 33,000
Melinda Sheffield-Moore (PI) University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston – Moody Foundation The Effect of Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone on Cognitive Function in Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Healthy Controls 101,979
Heather Clark (Co-PI) Texas Attorney General’s Office – DHHS-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rape Prevention and Education Continuation 43,325
Lei-Shih Chen (PI) Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Training CHWs to Disseminate Culturally Competent, Family Health History-based Cancer Prevention and Navigation Services among Chinese Americans 430,062
Sue Bloomfield (PI), Whitney Garney (Co-PI), and Bonnie Dunbar (Co-PI) TAMU T3 T3 – Long-Term Health Impact of the Space Environment: Retired Astronaut Biomedical Data Repository 32,500
Michael Massett (PI), Christopher Woodman (Co-PI), Emily Wilson (Co-PI) TAMU T3 T3 – Influence of Genetic Background on Vascular Function 35,000
Lei-Shih Chen (PI) and Robin Page (Co-PI) TAMU T3 T3 – Genetic Testing: Views from Pregnant Hispanic Women 32,000
Ledrick Sherman (PI),  Robert Goidel (Co-PI), and Matthew Smith (Co-PI) TAMU T3 T3 – At the Intersection of Health and Place: Barriers to Health Service Utilization among Men 35,000
Jacqueline Stillisano (Co-PI) Cornell University – USDA-NIFA Multidisciplinary, Problem-based Lessons on Antimicrobial Resistance for Seamless Integration into Veterinary Curricula 17,961
Li-Jen Kuo (PI) Department of Defense-National Security Agency STARTALK Student Program 101,787
Cheryl Craig (PI) University of Houston Downtown – NSF ESPRIT de Corps: Expanding STEM Professionals Roles in Teaching 50,000
Robert Capraro (PI), Christopher Thompson (Co-PI), and Luciana Barroso (Co-PI) TAMU T3 T3 – Bridging Today’s 6-12 Classrooms to Tomorrow’s Greatest Discoveries – TAMU STEM 35,000
Kay Wijekumar (PI) & Malt Joshi (Co-I) US Department of Education – Institute of Education Sciences Goal 3 Efficacy Trial of Text Structure Strategy Instruction on the Web for Spanish-Speaking English Learners (SWELL) in Grades 4 and 5 3,298,201

Welcome to Erin May as Business Coordinator with our Post Award Team.

Erin May, a Texas native grew up in Weatherford, Texas where she lived with her family until graduating high school and moving to Bryan/College Station for school. Erin earned her AA in Business Administration from Blinn College, her Bachelors of Business Administration – Management from West Texas A&M University, and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Management Information Systems from Tarleton State University. Before  moving to the College of Education and Human Development as a Business Coordinator II, Erin worked for Blinn College for 5 years as both a Financial Aid/VA Advisor and as a Program Coordinator for the Technical & Community Programs division. Erin is the mother of two boys, Riley (7) and Cooper (4). In the little free-time she has, Erin enjoys deep-sea fishing and visiting her family in Fort Worth. Erin’s office is in Heaton in 208 and she is happy to receive your email at

CPI Updates

by Dr. Daniel Bowen

The CPI has been working with FAC to explore possibilities for building upon OGAPS’ working guidelines for graduate assistant parenting accommodations.

Many thanks go out the following individuals who are completing their three year term on CPI as of August 31, 2018:

Robert Capraro (TLAC)
Jeni Ganz (EPSY)
Oi-Man Kwok (EPSY)
Michael Massett (HLKN)
Hersh Waxman (TLAC)
Chris Woodman (HLKN)

CPI welcomes the following new members as of September 1, 2018:

Jamilia Blake (EPSY)
Mack Burke (EPSY)
Marielle Engelen (HLKN)
Tamika Gilreath (HLKN)
Joanne Olson (TLAC)
Steven Riechman (HLKN)
Kay Wijekumar (TLAC)

Our next meetings will be scheduled once the fall semester gets underway. In the meantime, if you have any PI-related concerns or issues that you would like to raise or discuss at any future meetings, please do not hesitate to contact me at

 Pre-Award Updates

The Pre award group is providing a new service for those of you with funded projects: Monitoring of new awards.  Each morning a search is generated in Maestro for any proposal that has had a change of status from submitted to negotiation started/award pending/awarded etc.  Daily follow-ups will take place to note any changes to your new award, this includes project/account numbers, bridge funding or full funding. When funds become available, the PI and the Post award group will be notified by email.


Under Graduate Student Research Initiative (USRI): Applications are now open for the 2019 USRI program  To read more about this program and find an application form, please visit the CERD website at:

Deadline to apply is August 15, 2018


 Post Award Updates


HLKN, TLAC:   Adriana Burnett, 845-4982

EPSY, EAHR:   Clayton Holle ,  845-8734

New Post Award Contacts at SRS

EAHR & HLKN:    Shelly Grassinger    458-5902

EPSY, TLAC, & Dean’s Office:     Deanna Hawley     862-5949

New Email Address for Account Payables in Post Award

In order to provide better service to our research faculty and staff, CERD would like to announce a new email address for account payables. All items paid for on a research account should be emailed to  This will allow all staff in our office the ability to view and process your requests on a daily basis. We hope to have everyone’s support and participation with this new process as it will allow our office to better support your department’s needs.

The following are examples of the types of items that can be submitted to our new email address

  • personal reimbursements
  • order requests
  • invoices for vendors
  • credit card receipts
  • independent contractor invoices/certification
  • contracts to be reviewed (as part of grant project)
  • travel reimbursements

* Human subject payments and W9s will need to be submitted via the portal


Outreach Services

Presenting at the Region 6 Service Center in May.

Outreach efforts into area districts,  region service centers  and a county department of education are keeping the outreach services office busy.  During the spring semester, meetings at Fort Bend ISD, Navasota ISD, Hearne ISD as well as  at the Region 6 and Region 20 Service Centers and the Harris County Department of Education made for some good networking opportunities. Project Coordinators Elsa Villarreal, Kristyn Smith and Donna Druery of the Educational Leadership Research Center (ELRC) and Center for Research  & Development in Dual Language and Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA) recently attended the ESL/Bilingual Directors meeting at the Region 6 Service Center in Huntsville.  Amy Jurica Hinnant coordinated the invitation to the meeting in May 2108. Presenting at this important regional meeting helped promote several ongoing projects including; MOOPIL, APLUS, PAL and ETELL.  All  are grant funded projects that work through the ELRC and CRDLLA.  For more information on those projects, please visit their websites  by clicking the links above, or if you interested in working with a region service center in the state,  school district or the Harris County Department of Education contact Amy Jurica Hinnant in Outreach Services.