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Director:Audrey Wineglass Foster
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MISSION STATEMENT - Function of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services
PURPOSE - Purpose of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services
SERVICES - Assistance available from the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services
ORGANIZATION - Institutional reporting structure
STAFF - Meet our Staff
Video of Audrey Wineglass Foster, Assistant Dean of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services, communicating the OSPRS Mission Statement:
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services (OSPRS), a unit that reports to the Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Studies, provides services and support to Gallaudet faculty and staff seeking outside funding for projects of benefit to the Gallaudet community. The OSPRS disseminates information concerning appropriate funding opportunities and offers guidance to the campus community in the development and submission of proposals and in the negotiation and finalization of grants and contracts. In addition, it assists with various administrative issues arising from extramurally funded projects and acts as the liaison with the University's Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects for projects funded through grants and contracts. The OSPRS's authority as the central office to oversee sponsored programs is found in the Administration and Operations (A&O) Manual policy 2.09.
The OSPRS is committed to augmenting institutional resources in order to enhance the University's research and educational programming. Through a coordinated effort to match Gallaudet's faculty and staff with extramural sponsors, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services functions as a catalyst transforming the creativity of the Gallaudet community into the reality of funded research, training, and technical assistance projects.
The federal government, state and local governments, and certain profit and nonprofit entities provide funds which enable colleges and universities to create new programs, expand research opportunities, and undertake developmental activities which benefit both the general public and the educational institution itself. The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services encourages faculty and staff efforts to obtain such outside sponsorship through its provision of services and support to the Gallaudet community in these endeavors. Within its purview, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services:
The Assistant Dean of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services reports to the Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Studies. The OSPRS is a faculty and professional staff service for the entire campus community.
Audrey L. Wineglass Foster
Assistant Dean for the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services
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Ms. Audrey Wineglass Foster began her career at Gallaudet as the secretary for Gallaudet's Office for Students with Disabilities 25 years ago and has worked in the recently expanded Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services (OSPRS) since 2001. Part of her responsibilities in OSPRS over the years has been to work with faculty and staff to develop proposals and prepare grant budgets for submission to federal agencies and other entities. In the time she has worked in OSPRS, she has helped secure an estimated $60 million dollars in government funding for Gallaudet programs. With her recent promotion to Assistant Dean for the OSPRS, Ms. Foster endeavors to improve, expand and centralize "all things grant related" here at Gallaudet. A native Washingtonian, Ms. Foster graduated with a BA in Communications focusing on Public Relations from the American University and an MS in Corporate and Community Affairs with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and Organizational Development from Trinity Washington University. She has been a member of the National Council for University Research Administrators since 2001.
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Ms. Ashuantay Houston, Associate Director, is a seasoned research administrator with over 14 years of experience in providing support in pre-award and post-award grants and contracts management. Prior to joining Gallaudet University's recently expanded Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services, she was a Contract Manager at the University of Central Florida where she managed the Florida Solar Energy Center; from the review and submission of proposals to the management of awarded grants and contracts. Since joining Gallaudet University in 2010 she has assisted faculty and staff in developing grant and contract budgets, the reviewing of proposals for submission, the review and negotiation of contracts, and the dissemination of new awards. She is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and has served on several NCURA Region II Fall Meeting planning committees. Ms. Houston holds a bachelor of science degree in Health Services Administration and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.
Coordinator, Research Services and Special Projects
Susan Larrison graduated with honors from Gallaudet University with her Masters of Social Work in 2019. As the Coordinator of Research Services and Special Projects, Ms. Larrison works to ensure the Priority Research Fund and the Small Research Grant programs run effectively and efficiently for the Gallaudet University research community. As a former Deaf scholar and student researcher, she is aware there is a significant lack of research on Deaf, Deaf Blind, Deaf Disabled,and Hard of Hearing issues BY Deaf, Deaf Blind, Deaf Disabled, and Hard of Hearing researchers; her goal is to ensure more equitable access in the field of research for the Gallaudet community. In addition to coordinating both funding programs, Ms. Larrison is also responsible for gathering information on all research activities conducted at Gallaudet each fiscal year for reporting in Gallaudet’s Annual Report of Achievements. administration of Gallaudet’s REDCap services, and coordinating Gallaudet’s Research Expos.
Operations Support Specialist, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services
Morgan Eastman, Operations Support Specialist with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services, is a Gallaudet alumnus with a BA degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Sociology. With a specialty in project management, they have gone to experience working in different positions consisting of various duties. After a while, they realized that sustainability is their passion. They went on to the University of South Florida to obtain a MA degree in Global Sustainability. They studied incorporating environmental, social, and financial sustainability into their skillset in order to prepare for the future of innovative research and technology. Education and research are one of their core values in creating thriving societies. In acknowledgment of their position as an Operations Support Specialist, their goal in this position is to maintain and improve the grant proposal process for students, faculty, and staff. In their free time, they enjoy scuba diving/freediving, writing, biking, watching movies, and going on hiking trails.
Research Compliance Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services
Teresa Bryan-Watts is the Research Compliance Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services working to ensure the University is compliant with applicable regulations and laws related to research. Teresa believes compliance is simply doing the right thing and helping researchers do what they do best. She has worked in Research Administration at several institutions and has experience in sponsored programs, human subjects, conflicts of interests, export controls, and various other types of compliance. Teresa is from Mississippi and holds 3 degrees from Mississippi State University including a Masters of Public Policy and Administration. Teresa enjoys swimming and is an animal lover who enjoys playing and binge watching television with her pets.
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