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.
Dr. Cuhel-Schuckers is a member of a number of professional associations related to the grants world: the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI), the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). Amy is a member of the Colleges of Liberal Arts-Sponsored Programs (CLASP) List Advisory Group, and, via her service on NORDP's Strategic Alliances Committee, was given a three-year appointment as a liaison to CLASP. Additionally, Amy serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research Administration, chairing the ad hoc Author Fellowship Program committee.
Amy earned professional certifications from the Research Administration Certification Council as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA), and from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPC). Hired by F&M in 2012 as the Director of Faculty Grants, she is a founding staff member of the Office of College Grants (OCG). In 2016 she was promoted to her current role as the Director of Faculty Grants & Compliance Resourcing. Her 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 her experience with F&M faculty and administrators, positions her well for her work at F&M.
As the Director of Faculty Grants and Compliance Resourcing, Amy provides 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 her role, she advises the Associate Dean of the Faculty (for research) and other administrators on research compliance matters. She also chairs 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
Earning a Doctorate in Ministry in 2018, Amy's dissertation focused on board development of religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations. Her master's work includes a Diploma in Divinity Studies (1983) from the Unification Theological Seminary, and a Master's of Religious Education (MRE) degree (2012). Undergraduate work included a bachelor's degree in Geology from the State University College at Brockport (NY) and an associate's degree in Computer Information Systems from Jamestown Community College (NY).
In addition to research administration related service, Amy is a member of the Chautauqua Leadership Network (CLN), having completed CLN's leadership training program in 2004, and serves on the the board for the National Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) as the chair of the Board Development and the Fundraising and Advancement committees.
Amy was lead author and is Principal Investigator on a prestigious $460,000 five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health awarded in 2017. The Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) award is designed to strengthen grant- and research-related compliance at smaller institutions. In this role, Amy chairs the grant-required BRAD Steering Committee, which oversees the implementation of the BRAD grant.
In 2017, the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI) recognized Amy for her role in conceiving, developing, and implementing the JRA Author Fellowship Program, and awarded her SRA's inaugural Most Valuable Editor award, together with the two AFP co-developers.
In 2019, Amy was nominated by a committee member of the Author Fellowship Program, Dr. Carson Harrod, for the Hartford-Nicholsen Award in recognition of her leadership relative to the Author Fellowship Program. Named in honor of the Society’s first two presidents, Ken Hartford and Richard Nicholsen, the Hartford-Nicholsen Award was established to recognize SRA International members who have contributed their professional expertise and volunteered services over the years which have benefited the entire Society. Amy was awarded this honor at the SRAI annual meeting in October 2019.
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.