New proposal coordinator arrives at CASNR administration headquarters
By: Norman Martin
Cassandra C. Huey, an expert in contract and grant proposal administration, has been selected to lead this critical area within Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She officially steps into her new post in the Goddard Building on Monday (Nov. 18).
"Cassandra Huey will be an excellent addition to the CASNR team and is well prepared to handle these duties," said Christy Bratcher, CASNR's Associate Dean for Research.
Among Huey's goals are developing a needs assessment to better understand faculty areas of concern; working to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations; and providing training sessions for faculty that include specific strategies to enhance the quality of their proposals.
"I believe my role is to serve as support for faculty, staff and students as we strive to pursue research opportunities with the highest level of integrity," Huey said. "I look forward to the opportunity to work with faculty to navigate the intricacies of grant writing, proposal and budget development, and award management."
Huey's position includes providing pre-award support and assistance to CASNR faculty and staff in preparation of applications for external funding, including preparation of proposal forms, budget development, coordination with sub-awardees, assembly of high-quality grant proposal packages, and submission.
The Lubbock native will work directly with faculty and staff to ensure compliance of proposals with Texas Tech and sponsor policies, as well as program solicitations. In addition, she'll assist with budget revisions, no-cost extensions, and account requests.
Huey has been involved in research for over 12 years in different roles. Prior to joining the CASNR staff, she served as a research administrator with Tech's Office of Research Services. During her graduate studies, she also worked as a senior research technician at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, an undergraduate and graduate research assistant, and graduate part-time instructor in Tech's Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
Huey believes her graduate research training and experiences in research administration combine to make her a unique fit for this role. "I am excited to work with CASNR and hope to minimize the stress of the proposal process so faculty can focus more on the science," she said.
Huey earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and both her master's and doctoral degrees in human development and family studies from Texas Tech. She also is working to obtain a graduate certificate in Grants and Proposals. She is a member of the National Council of University Administrators and an honorary member of Sigma Delta Pi, a national collegiate Hispanic honor society.
CONTACT: William Brown, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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