Research Administration announces grants for faculty, staff projects

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

Title: A Cross-sectional View of Development in Learning to Teach Writing: From Candidates through the Novice Teaching Years
PI: Roya Scales
Funder: Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers
Amount: 2,993
Description: to examine participants’ confidence as writers and teachers of writing, and how those perceptions influence writing instruction and student writing outcomes

Rob Young (left), director of WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, works with students on the South Carolina coast. Young is receiving a National Park Service grant to produce vulnerability assessments and related products for all coastal national parks in the Southeast region.

Title: Expanding Early Education in Cullowhee: Expanding Services for Eligible Student-Parents (Triple E in the Whee)
PI: Cathy Grist
Funder: US Department of Education
Amount: $170,832
Description: to expand child care opportunities for Pell-eligible students who are parents, by increasing the number of child care spaces on campus and assisting with the cost of care

Title: INTERprofessional Autism Collaborative Training – Project INTERACT
PI: Bill Ogletree
Funder: US Department of Education
Amount: $250,000
Description: to prepare 60 graduate trainees to address the complex needs of children with autism spectrum disorders presenting moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, addressing chronic personnel shortages

Title: LEAP: Language Enhancement Afterschool Program
PI: Kimberly Winter
Funder: Cullowhee United Methodist Church
Amount: $120,000
Description: to fund a full-time 11-month coordinator in order to reinstate an after-school literacy program for English-language learners

Title: Vulnerability to Natural Hazards of National Park Facilities, Assets, and Historic Structures
PI: Rob Young
Funder: National Park Service
Amount: $293,410
Description: to produce complete vulnerability assessments and related products for all coastal parks in the Southeast Region, in addition to other highly exposed units of the National Park System