CHS Announces Recipients of Grants for Strategic Transformation
In late fall 2018, the College of Health Sciences announced its first cohort of Faculty Fellows, who were tasked to create opportunities for faculty engagement in initiatives related to the core themes/areas of work within the College’s strategic plan – transformative teaching and learning (led by fellow Dr. Carolina Valencia); global engagement (led by fellow Dr. Maria Duarte); community engagement (led by fellow Dr. Dahlia Castillo); interprofessional education (led by fellow Dr. Celia Pechak); and applied and translational research (led by fellow Dr. Alvaro Gurovich).
In spring 2019, the fellows initiated requests for proposals for the CHS Grants for Strategic Transformation to provide seed funding for scholarly work in each of the areas during the 2019-2020 academic year. A total of 11 applications were submitted by faculty – four for the Applied and Translational Research Fund; three for the Transformative Teaching and Learning Fund; two for the Community Engagement Fund; one for the Global Engagement Fund; and one for the Interprofessional Education Fund.
Each of the applications underwent a systematic review following guidelines similar to those observed in the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review, using a specific rubric for each fund with criterion scored from 1 (outstanding) to 5 (poor), with scoring provided by two reviewers. The fellows also participated as a group in a study section meeting to discuss the applications.
Following review of all applications, the fellows recommended to fund the below applicants:
Dr. Connie Summers (Interprofessional Education Fund) – “A Longitudinal Study of Interprofessional Education in Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Students.”
Dr. Eva Moya (Community Engagement Fund) – “Enriching Experiences for Lifelong Student Success: Preparation for Citizenship, Work and Life.”
Dr. Patricia Lara (Transformative Teaching and Learning Fund): Dr. Patricia Lara – “Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Service Learning Experience in Graduate Speech Language Pathology Courses.”
Dr. Mei-Ling Lin (Applied and Translational Research Fund): “Impacts of a 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand and an Evidence-Based Training Protocol on Children’s Activity Performance and Quality of Life.”
Dr. Sudip Bajpeyi (Applied and Translational Research Fund): “Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim) – A Novel Strategy to Improve Insulin Sensitivity.”