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Friday, April 29, 2005

Dr. Linda Little joins grants office at UNCP

Dr. Linda Little was named director of the Center for Sponsored Research and Programs (CSRP) at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Linda LittleDr. Little comes to UNCP with direct grants experience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she served in the School of Medicine and worked collaboratively with the other academic and professional schools to obtain grants. Additionally, she most recently served in the position of director of Grants, Planning and Institutional Research at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Ill.

At UNCP, Dr. Little and CSRP staff will identify grant opportunities and match them with faculty interests, support proposal development and strengthen compliance reporting for grants and contracts. Grant receipts at UNCP topped $8 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004.

Dr. Little reports to Dr. Roger Brown, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

“I am impressed with Dr. Little’s breadth of experience, but what impressed me most was her positive attitude toward teamwork,” Dr. Brown said. Dr. Little will provide technical expertise and assistance to faculty and professional staff who know what they want to do but who need additional resources to make it happen.”

“I am confident that our past record of achieving success with grants will grow event stronger under Linda’s leadership,” he said.

Dr. Little said it was the opportunity to work in a creative capacity with dedicated, well trained faculty that attracted her to UNCP, as well as the courtesy and warmth of the staff members she met while visiting.

The activities of a grants office further the mission of the University in an integral way, Dr. Little said. “Grants and contracts can only enrich teaching and learning, stimulating faculty development along the way,” she said. “External funding activities can expand learning that goes on in the classroom.”

“UNCP is growing in enrollment and academic programs, and it seems an ideal time for sustaining the momentum created by Gene Brayboy, the founding director of CSRP,” she said.

Dr. Little acknowledges that research is often viewed as unrelated to undergraduate teaching, but, she said, “In the best of universities, the two are tightly knitted together, one fueling the other, creating a truly stimulating learning environment.” “Faculty who are involved in research and other externally funded projects bring something extra to the undergraduate’s experience.”

For the past 10 years, Dr. Little has been involved in grants activity, and she finds it interesting and rewarding. She cautions that “a person cannot expect to be successful the first time or take rejection personally. I feel fortunate to find myself at UNCP. It is a growing institution with many veteran grant writers with solid track records in winning grants and many new faculty fresh from study at research universities.”

Some of UNCP’s grants focus on the needs of the region, and the grants office will work to maintain that focus as well, Dr. Little said.

“Through the Regional Center and several university-sponsored programs, the University provides considerable community outreach for youth mentoring, minority health and other areas,” she said. “UNCP works ceaselessly to be a good community partner and catalyst for positive change, and I look forward to being part of that.”

A native of Montgomery, Ala., Dr. Little has worked in higher education for most of her career as a faculty member and administrator. She earned her Associate’s degree from Sullins College in Bristol, Va.; her Bachelor’s degree in English from Auburn University; a Master’s degree from Mississippi College; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Virginia.

For more information about the Center for Sponsored Research and Programs at UNCP, please call 910.521.6494 or email csrp@uncp.edu.

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