It is unusual at an institution the size of F&M to have someone dedicated to assist faculty at the development stage of external fellowship and grant seeking.
Since your expertise is not generally in the area of seeking external funding, my role is to help you frame your ideas; think strategically as to how external funding may fit into your scholarly trajectory; think about whether collaborative relationships with other scholars would be valuable; identify possible funding opportunities well in advance of when you actually need money; interpret funder guidelines and review criteria; hone your narrative sections through multiple iterations; and, as appropriate, develop a budget to support your proposed project(s).
Contacting me early and often is a best practice, and when you're actively working on a project I'm happy to review and comment upon as many drafts as you'd like to send my way.
By the way, if you're an early career faculty member, consider taking a look at this e-book by Australian academic Alan Johnson (2011), Charting a course for a successful research career: A guide for early career researchers (2nd ed.) - Johnson's perspective is international, but he does have knowledge of the American context.
I am a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA), the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). I serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Research Administration, chairing the ad hoc Author Fellowship Program committee, and am a member of the Colleges of Liberal Arts-Sponsored Programs (CLASP) List Advisory Group.
Certified by the Research Administration Certification Council since 2008 and by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute since 2011, I joined the Office of College Grants (OCG) in September 2012 at its formation as the Director of Faculty Grants; in 2016 I was promoted to my current position as Director of Faculty Grants & Compliance Resourcing. My earlier background, at SUNY Fredonia as an Institutional Grant Writer and then as a Grants Development Specialist, and at a community action agency as an Assistant Grant Writer, together with my experience with F&M faculty and administrators, positions me well for my role at F&M.
As the Director of Faculty Grants and Compliance Resourcing, I provide individualized and active support to faculty seeking grants, fellowships, and other funding opportunities in support of their research, creative pursuits, and teaching.
For the "Compliance Resourcing" portion of my role, I advise the Associate Dean of the Faculty (for research) and other administrators on compliance matters. I also chair F&M's Grant-Related Institutional Policies and Procedures (GRIPP) Working Group, which is charged with assisting the College in developing and maintaining its grant-related fiscal and research compliance obligations.
Education, Awards, and Honors
My undergraduate work resulted in a BS in Geology from the State University College at Brockport (NY) and an AAS in Computer Information Systems at Jamestown Community College (NY). My Master's work resulted in a Diploma in Divinity Studies from the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) in 1983, and, in May 2012, a Master's of Religious Education (MRE) degree. I am currently in the dissertation phase of a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at UTS focusing on board development of religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations.
I hold professional certifications as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA), and as a Grant Professional Certified (GPC). I serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research Administration, and lead the team that developed JRA's Author Fellowship Program. In addition to my research administration related service, I am a member of the Chautauqua Leadership Network (CLN), having completed CLN's leadership training program in 2004, and serve as Vice Chair of the board for the National Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP).
In 2017, Franklin & Marshall College was awarded a prestigious $460,000 five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health designed to strengthen grant- and research-related compliance at smaller institutions, on which I was lead author. As the Principal Investigator on this grant, I will lead efforts to implement grant activities over the life of the award. Additionally, I will chair the grant-required Steering Committee, comprised of faculty members, administrators, and other key stakeholders, which has an oversight role for this project.
Also in 2017, the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI), a professional association for folks in my line of work, and the Editorial Board of The Journal of Research Administration (JRA), on which I serve as an editor, awarded me its inaugural Most Valuable Editor award. This award is in recognition of my role in conceiving, developing, and implementing the JRA Author Fellowship Program. I received this honor together with two of my fellow editors with whom I worked to develop this innovative program.
Cuhel-Schuckers, Amy, Martin-Tetreault, Cara & Withers, Carol. (2016). The Grants Office and the RA Generalist: Parallel Life-Cycles and Development at Small PUIs. The Journal of Research Administration, 47: 2 (80-93).
Harrod, Carson, Derrick, Deborah B. & Cuhel-Schuckers, Amy. A First Look: JRA's Author Fellowship Program. (2016). Journal of Research Administration, 47: 1 (17-19).
Poster. Mini-Grant Writing: A Project-Based, Collaborative, Student-Centered Pedagogical Tool. Presentation at the 2010 SUNY Fredonia Teaching and Learning Conference, Fredonia, NY. August 16, 2010.
Poster. Building a Winning Team: Connecting the Office of Sponsored Programs with Curriculum and Instruction’s Graduate Course EDU 636: Issues, Trends and Research in Elementary Social Studies. Presentation (co-author Jill Marshall, Ph.D.) at the 2009 Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. October 17-21, 2009.
Poster. Building a Winning Team: Connecting the Office of Sponsored Programs with Curriculum and Instruction’s Graduate Course EDU 636: Issues, Trends and Research in Elementary Social Studies. Presentation with co-author Dr. Jill Marshall, at the 2009 SUNY Fredonia Teaching and Learning Conference, Fredonia, NY. August 17, 2009.