Research & Support in CEHS

The CEHS Grant Specialists assist faculty with obtaining funding for research projects both internally and externally to UNL. The Grant Specialists help faculty with the grant proposal preparation and submission process and with monitoring awards. The Grant Specialists can provide assistance with:

  • Assisting with budget preparation and drafting justification
  • Monitoring awards to ensure compliance with applicable laws and sponsor guidelines, and
  • Assisting with the management of budgets, expenses and personnel appointments

Grant Proposal Process

CEHS Grant Specialists are excellent resources for budget preparation, with knowledge about adequate funds for proposed research along with allowability of proposed costs, ensuring that no matching obligations are included when not required. Adequate time is required for proper pre-award reviewing so faculty are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate Grant Specialist early in the grant application process.

 
 

Research Staff

Jonathan Carlson

Jonathan Carlson Grants Specialist - Lead

Spencer Hall Finance/Grants Specialist

Braxton Lindhorst

Braxton Lindhorst Grants Specialist

Jeff Mueri Grants Specialist

Susan Sheridan Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activity, Director of Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools and George Holmes University Professor, School Psychology

Full Susan Sheridan bio

Rebecca Voigtlander GRANT SPECIALIST (POST-AWARD)

CYFS Support Staff

CEHS FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

CEHS is committed to assisting faculty in developing their scholarship and professional lives. CEHS strives to provide support in the form of ongoing professional development to insure long term plans for professional success. Tenure track faculty, research faculty and professors of practice are encouraged to apply for and participate in these professional development programs.

New Faculty Orientation (NFO)

During the first year in CEHS at UNL, you will be engaged in a yearlong program to promote your success within the academy.

You will meet with faculty, peers and mentors to cover the following topics:

  • Establishing and understanding the academic community
  • Teaching in the academy
  • Research in the academy
  • Outreach in the academy
  • UNL and CEHS: Who we are and what we do
  • Faculty governance and academic freedom

Upon completion of the program with 80% attendance, faculty will receive funds for professional travel.

More information is available from program leaders Mary Ann Johnson or Nick Pace.


Scholarly Enhancement Program (SEP)

CEHS offers faculty two programs to enhance their development. In most cases, these programs are offered for faculty who are early in their career development (e.g., second or third year at UNL). In some cases, more advanced faculty interested in enhancing their research and/or teaching skills may benefit from the SEP program; these faculty should discuss participation in this program with their Department chair and relevant Associate Dean for Research. 

SEP: Research & Discovery (SEP-R&D)

Scholarly Enhancement Program - Research and Discovery (SEP-R&D) focuses on growing your skills and competitiveness in grant writing. The experience is structured around building and growing your program of work, with attention to methods and strategies for garnering funds for research and discovery.

During this year, you will receive hands-on support in developing a grant proposal for internal, foundation, or federal funding. Examples of topics covered in this one-year program include:

  • Understanding grant agencies and mechanisms
  • Setting yourself up for grant success
  • Writing a convincing project summary/aims page
  • Constructing successful grant proposals
  • Learning about agency review processes and criteria
  • Writing a strong research plan/approach
  • Compiling a grant budget and other components
  • Completing grant application packages

Beyond these activities, all SEP participants will receive:

  • Mentoring from the SEP-R&D program leaders,
  • Release from teaching one course for tenure-stream faculty with teaching responsibilities or the equivalent for non-teaching faculty, and
  • Research funds ($1000) for approved research expenses upon completion of full participation and demonstrated attainment of expected outcomes during the academic year.

For more information, contact Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activity Sue Sheridan.


SEP: Teaching & Learning (SEP-T&L)

Scholarly Enhancement Program - Teaching and Learning (SEP-T&L) focuses on developing your scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). The experience is structured around developing and planning for your SoTL, with attention to strategies for creating an inquiry related to teaching and learning, collecting data on student learning, and enhancing the quality of student learning experiences by enhancing your teaching effectiveness.

During this year, you will receive support and facilitation in developing your SoTL and setting the stage for a successful beginning of your SoTL. Examples of topics covered in this one-year program include:

  • Understanding Learning Paradigm College
  • Understanding SoTL and critical issues related to teaching and learning
  • Developing an effective course design process
  • Developing your own SoTL project
  • Making SoTL visible in teaching statement
  • Making SoTL public and documenting your SoTL work

Beyond these activities, all SEP participants will receive:

  • Mentoring from the SEP-T&L program leaders,
  • Release from teaching one course for faculty with teaching responsibilities or the equivalent for non-teaching faculty, and
  • Funds ($1000) for approved SoTL-related expenses upon completion of full participation and demonstrated attainment of expected outcomes during the academic year.

More information on this program is available from the Associate Dean for Academic Programs Soo-Young Hong or the Associate Dean for Student Success Paul Springer.

 

Internal Grants

Research Activities
Technology Innovation Projects

Student technology fees are intended to enhance student learning and the student experience.  The CEHS Technology Committee is allocating a portion of the student technology fees received by the College to support innovative projects that advance how we think about and use technology in this context.  The committee is particularly looking for projects that:

1)   are designed primarily to benefit to students’ learning experiences,
2)   provide an opportunity for the College to learn about the application of technology, and
3)   are replicable and have the potential to be adopted on a wider scale if effective.

Newman Dissertation/Thesis Research Travel Fund

This fund provides money to support travel to locations outside the USA and limited travel and travel related expenses within the non-USA location to enable a graduate student to conduct research that is essential to the completion of the thesis or dissertation.

Internal Funding Opportunities

Internal funds are available from the Office of Research and from the Research Council to support research, scholarship and creative activities through annual university-wide competitions. Applications for internal funding are submitted via the Internal Competitions module in NUgrant.

Graduate Travel Awards Program (GTAP)

The GTAP facilitates and promotes the intellectual and professional development of graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and contributes to the strengthening of the University and its increased prominence in the greater scholarly community.

Research Support

Nebraska Evaluation and Research (NEAR)

The Nebraska Evaluation and Research (NEAR) Center's purpose is to promote sound statistical, measurement, and research (e.g., Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods) methodology. In addition the Center serves as a hands-on training program for graduate students in the Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods (QQPM) program.

Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics

The mission of the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics is to promote the advancement of sophisticated methodologies and analytics to support and enhance rigorous, substantive research within the educational, social and behavioral sciences.

They conduct original research, provide project services, and host training opportunities.

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS)

The mission of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools is to impact lives through research that advances learning and development.

They conduct research through grant-funded projects, provide comprehensive grant support, and share research findings across audiences and platforms.

Find a Researcher

The Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research (NAECR) hosts a Find a Researcher database that includes early childhood researchers from across the University of Nebraska system, including all four University of Nebraska campuses—Lincoln, Kearney, Omaha and UNMC. You can search by name or filter by various categories. To add your name or for more specifics, visit the NAECR Find a Researcher page.

CYFS Research Network

The CYFS Research Network is a hub that sparks collaboration and discovery. This dynamic tool is designed to foster connections among Nebraska researchers in the social, behavioral and educational sciences — and to share their life-changing work.