Research Administration announces grants for faculty, staff projects

The following is a compilation of grants awarded at Western Carolina University during June 2019. The list is presented in unedited form, courtesy of WCU’s Office of Research Administration.

Title: Collaborative Planning
PI: Mark Stoffan
Funder: North Carolina Library Services and Technology Act
Amount: $49,020
Description: to increase access to and use of rare and unique items documenting the Southern Appalachian mountain region, in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Asheville

Title: Community Crisis Respite Program and Training to Schools
PI: Nathan Roth
Funder: Hights/North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Amount: $5,515
Description: to assess the impact of the community crisis respite program by measuring youth behaviors, functioning, pathways

Title: DLA (Defense Logistics Agency)
PI: Sandra Dennison
Funder: North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center
Amount: $18,914
Description: to carry out Procurement Technical Assistance Center activities

Title: Documentary Synthesis of Trail of Tears Resources for the Tennessee Valley Region
PI: Brett Riggs
Funder: Tennessee Valley Authority
Amount: $24,999
Description: to provide TVA with an integrated management tool to identify probable and documented locations of sensitive Trail of Tears related resources with the TVA domain

Title: Evaluation of Working Smarter and Harder: Advising and Registration for Timely Graduation
PI: Angela Dills
Funder: University of North Carolina System Office
Amount: $86,831
Description: to assess how investments in software affect students’ credit hours attempted and earned, retention and academic success

Title: Math Pathways at Western Carolina University
PI: Jeffrey Lawson
Funder: University of North Carolina System Office
Amount: $100,000
Description: to restructure the traditional algebra to precalculus sequence, promote four distinct math pathways, and collect baseline data for future research

Title: NewTech Network Comparative Analysis
PI: Brandi Hinnant-Crawford
Funder: NewTech Network
Amount: $10,163
Description: to examine academic outcomes in El Paso, Texas, schools (expansion of a previous study)

Title: North Carolina Network of Math Teachers’ Circles
PI: Sloan Despeaux
Funder: American Institute of Mathematics
Amount: $3,000
Description: to provide summer math immersion sessions to all network circles statewide

Title: Roads to Learning and Earning: Preparing Personnel to Improve Post-School Outcomes for Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
PI: David Westling
Funder: US Department of Education
Amount: $250,000
Description: to continue to improve adult outcomes for persons with IDD in post-secondary education, community living, and community employment through the professional preparation of special education teachers and related services providers

Title: Talent Search
PI: Todd Murdock
Funder: US Department of Education
Amount: $411,105
Description: to assist 770 disadvantaged students in seven target schools by creating access to post secondary educational programs