“Our focus is to support research excellence for faculty through strategic engagements that facilitate excellence in scholarship and service that leads to successful tenure, promotion, and awards.”
ConSandra McNeil, Ph.D
Assistant Provost

Research and Engagement

Promoting Research Excellence Through Capacity Building


Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing learning themes comprise Research and Engagement:

(1) engage and connect scholars with local, state, and federal funding sources,

(2) develop more grant writing workshops to work with individuals, covering the entire grant writing process from idea formation to submission,

(3) facilitate scholarship and excellence in improving grant writing, publications, and fellowship opportunities and

(4) provide support through external organizations.

GOALS FY 2021 - 2022

  • Develop research opportunities for faculty and students in the Institute of Social Justice and Race Relations

  • Develop multidisciplinary research teams

  • Facilitate and host the Inauguration Faculty Research Symposium

  • Host monthly Strategies for Writing Winning Proposal workshops (invited guests)

  • Host NSF NRT/IGE Workshops for R2 HBCUs (grant-funded)

  • Host two grant writing workshops


Research and Engagement holds a series of events and workshops each academic year on the theme, Promoting Research Excellence Through Capacity Building, addressing issues that arise during the life cycle of a research study.  Please click the link to find information about this FY 2021 – 2022 events focused on collaborative research and scholarship. At the bottom of the webpage, you will find the Research and Engagement videos of past events.