Jean Mercer will join the Office of Research and Engagement as assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Sponsored Programs on January 4, 2016.
Mercer has extensive experience in research administration in higher education, most recently serving as the director of grant services in the Office of Research Administration at Indiana University. While there, she supervised and reviewed the processing of all grant and contract applications to external agencies and the receipt of awards and contracts from these organizations, instructed and advised faculty and staff on proposal preparation, and supervised a staff of thirty. Mercer also helped implement a new grant administration software.
“We are so delighted to have Jean join the ORE team,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement. “She brings a depth and breadth of leadership experience to ORE. She led a very large sponsored programs office at a very large, complex research university. Her acumen and collaborative approach will be apparent on day one.”
The Office of Research Integrity continues to make strides in strengthening the infrastructure for responsible conduct of research oversight and support on campus. As part of this effort, three new staff have been hired to form the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).
The HRPP is the administrative arm of UT’s infrastructure to protect human participants in research. This unit, in partnership with the faculty-led Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the research community, is responsible for ensuring the safety and welfare of participants in human research projects conducted under the UT Federalwide Assurance. It provides the campus and the IRB with professional guidance and administrative support.
Louise Nuttle has been named director of the Faculty Development Team in the Office of Research and Engagement, effective July 27.
Nuttle joins the University of Tennessee from her position as assistant vice president for research and director of sponsored programs at East Tennessee State University, which she held for the past eight years.
In that role, she directed the daily operations of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration and provided individualized assistance to ETSU’s faculty in their pursuit of extramural funding to support their research, service, instruction and scholarship activities.
“I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Office of Research and Engagement to design and deliver programs and services that support faculty research and scholarship. I think we have a real opportunity to make a significant contribution to the success of both the individual researchers as well as the institution as a whole. I’m really excited to be part of it.”
Aileen Boone has been named the new manager for strategic research initiatives with the Research Development Team. Boone comes to the Office of Research and Engagement after having a career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory working with the ORNL project for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services. She has extensive experience managing, writing, and editing proposals for government and private industry. Boone earned her bachelor’s and master’s in English and is very knowledgeable about technical communication.
Please join us in welcoming Aileen to the University of Tennessee and ORE!
Marisa Moazen has been named the new director of Undergraduate Research for the Office of Research & Engagement at the University of Tennessee, effective September 1.
Moazen joins ORE from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) where she was responsible for connecting faculty and students from across the nation with research opportunities within the federal government.
“I am excited to be joining the University of Tennessee,” said Moazen. “I look forward to working with students across campus and bringing greater awareness and access to the benefits of undergraduates research. Studies have shown that students involved in undergraduate research have increased confidence, awareness and understanding of their chosen field.”
Sonya Sullivan has been named the new IRB Compliance Officer for the Office of Research & Engagement at the University of Tennessee, effective August 4.
Sullivan joins ORE from her position as senior protocol research analyst at Purdue University where she was responsible for maintaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols in compliance with federal and institutional requirements.