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About Us

Our Mission

With integrity, knowledge, and professionalism, the Office of Grant and Research Development helps the EWU community obtain and administer grants and contracts. Our belief that external funding enriches the academic experience and benefits the community guides our work.

Our History

Over thirty years ago, EWU established a dedicated grants office, with a staff of one. At that time, EWU received less than $2 million per year in external funding. Ten years ago, the staff had grown to five people, managing $8 million per year in grant and contract funding. The office now has seven staff members and currently manages approximately $13 million in external funding each year.

Submission Policy

All applications for external funding must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Grant and Research Development prior to submission.  All proposal documents must be submitted for review ten working days prior to the submission deadline.  See more on our submission policy here.

Our Staff

Ruth Galm, Executive Director of Grant and Research Development

Ms. Galm provides oversight and general leadership for the Office of Grant and Research Development. She coordinates the efforts of the office with other university and community units, serves as the authorizing official on grant proposals, is the human protections administrator for human subjects research and oversees other areas of compliance. Ms. Galm received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Eastern Washington University and a master's degree in Cultural Resources Management from Central Washington University.  She has been an employee of the university since 1981. She worked at Archaeological and Historical Services before transferring to the Office of Grant and Research Development in 1988.

Telephone: 359-6567 Email: Ruth Galm

Nancy Miller, Director, Post-Award Administration

Ms. Miller is responsible for assisting faculty and staff with the post-award administration of their grants. She provides principal investigators (PIs) and project directors (PDs) with one-on-one management orientation training, assists PIs and PDs with monitoring expenditures, and prepares financial and compliance reports. Ms. Miller graduated from Gonzaga University and obtained a CPA license soon after. She spent over 11 years in public accounting during which time she audited governmental organizations, cities, school districts, non-profit organizations and other businesses. The majority of her experience was in conducting A-128 and A-133 audits of governmental organizations' grants and contracts. She also gained experience in establishing and maintaining accounting systems for various types of clients prior to joining EWU's Office of Grant and Research Development staff in 1993.

Telephone: 359-2479 E-mail: Nancy Miller

Charlene Alspach, Associate Director, Grant and Research Development

Ms. Alspach is responsible for providing assistance to EWU faculty and staff in the development of grant and contract proposals; developing and writing competitive proposals that advance institutional initiatives including, but not limited to, proposals for STEM education, international programs, and student success initiatives; and serves as the administrator for the university's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Ms. Alspach also provides workshops and one-on-one tutorials to faculty and staff on proposal writing and regulatory compliance matters. Ms. Alspach received her bachelor's degree in Human Services and her master's degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College. Prior to coming to Eastern Washington University from Massachusetts, she served as the Director of Grants, overseeing both pre and post award activities at American International College.

Telephone: 359-2517 E-mail: Charlene Alspach

Cara Cahoon, Associate for Grant Development and Communication

Ms. Cahoon assists EWU faculty with grant and contract development by proposing ideas and assisting in design, development, and writing proposals for university-wide funding efforts. She reviews and analyzes grant announcements, notifications, and funding websites to identify funding opportunities for the university. Ms. Cahoon has a bachelor's degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Previously working at nonprofit organizations and universities in Salt Lake City and Spokane, Ms. Cahoon has more than 15 years experience in nonprofit and higher education program administration, including grant writing and management, program management, and publications. Ms. Cahoon works daily from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Telephone: 359-4846 Email: Cara Cahoon

Margaret Rogers, Grant Projects Funding Manager

Ms. Rogers assists with post-award management. She creates and closes accounts, prepares monthly billings, financial and compliance reports, and assists PIs with monitoring expenditures.  She graduated from the University of Guelph, Canada with a Bachelor of Applied Science. Margaret joined the staff at EWU in June 2002 and has worked in facilities, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work (CSS), the Controller's Office, and Early Head Start (EHS).

Telephone: 359-6595 E-mail: Margaret Rogers

Michele Siedenburg, Grant Projects Funding Manager

Ms. Siedenburg assists with post-award managment. She creates and closes accounts, prepares monthly billings, financial and compliance reports, and assists PIs with monitoring expenditures. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Business Administration, BA in Computer Science, BS in Computer Information Systems and a MS in Interdisciplinary Study with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. Michele joined the staff at EWU in June 2002 as the Tribal Transportation Program Specialist with the Northwest Tribal Technical Assistance Program and joined the Office of Grant and Research Development in May 2017.

Telephone: 359-6779 E-mail: Michele Siedenburg

Korissa McGlocklin, Program Coordinator

Ms. McGlocklin coordinates the operations of the Office of Grant and Research Development and provides administrative support in all aspects within the office.  She received her bachelor's degree in English from Sul Ross State University and received her master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. She joined EWU's Office of Grant and Research Development staff in 2015.

Telephone: 359-6567 E-mail: Korissa McGlocklin

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