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.
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).
Thus, contacting me early and often throughout the process is a best practice.
I am a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA), and the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Research Administration, 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. My background at SUNY Fredonia, first as an Institutional Grant Writer and then as a Grants Development Specialist, as well as my stint as an Assistant Grant Writer at a community action agency in Dunkirk, NY, positions me well for my role at F&M.
As the Director of Faculty Grants, I support 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) on compliance matters, and 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 and Service
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 enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at UTS.
I hold professional certifications as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA), and as a Grant Professional Certified (GPC). 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 on the board of the National Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP).
Cuhel-Schuckers, Amy, Martin-Tetreault, Cara & Withers, Carol. (Forthcoming). The Grants Office and the RA Generalist: Parallel Life-Cycles and Development at Small PUIs. The Journal of Research Administration, 47: 2.
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.