Our People

Jeffry Porter, Director, ORSPJeff Porter, MS, CRA
(615) 898-5010

The Director oversees the two major functions of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs(ORSP): Proposal Development and Awards Management activities. The Director is responsible for the development and implementation of campus-wide policies and procedures for externally-funded grants and contracts. He also identifies and nurtures collaborative groups of researchers seeking external funding. 

Dr. Jamie BurrissJamie Burriss, Ph.D.
Program Manager
(615) 494-7669 

Facilitates the Faculty Research and Creative Arts Committee (FRCAC) and Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Arts (URECA) grant cycles, Scholars Week and other undergraduate research activities, ORSP communications, and the ORSP training program.  

Moses Prabu, ORSP Compliance OfficerMoses Prabu, Ph.D.
Compliance Officer
(615) 494-8918

Responsible for specific components of research compliance including the Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and Research Integrity; including, developing and implementing policies, procedures, programs, and educational activities which satisfy Federal, State, Local and institutional rules and regulations which govern proper conduct of research.

Proposal Development Staff

The Proposal Development and Pre Award Specialists are responsible for increasing faculty and staff research and sponsored programs by the development and delivery of training, partnership development, pre-proposal planning, and proposal development.

Samantha Cantrell, Proposal Development SpecialistSamantha E. Cantrell, Ph.D. 
Proposal Development Specialist
(615) 494-8751
College of Behavioral & Health Sciences 
College of Business
College of Liberal Arts
                                    College of Media and Entertainment
                                    University College
                                    Walker Library

Jolene Gordon, ORSP Pre Award SpecialistJolene Gordon, MS
Pre Award Specialist 
(615) 898-5894
College of Basic & Applied Sciences
College of Education

Awards Management Staff

Our post-award staff provide dual control and administrative support to Principal Investigators/Project Directors to ensure timely and proper administration of externally-funded activity.  The Award Management Specialists’ roles include initiating the set-up of new awards in Banner for finance and human resources functions, reviewing for approval of all financial personnel transactions requested on each assigned award, and conducting periodic comprehensive desk review/audit of each award.

Award Management Specialist

Principal Investigators/Project Directors with Last Names A-F

Joe Driver, Award Management SpecialistJoe Driver, MBA
Award Management Specialist
(615) 904-8306

Principal Investigators/Project Directors with Last Names G-O

Kym StricklinKym Stricklin
Award Management Specialist
(615) 494-7848

Principal Investigators/Project Directors with Last Names P-Z

Sharon E. Scott, ORSP Grants Support AnalystSharon E. Scott, MBA
Grants Support Analyst
(615) 494-8720
The duties of the Grants Support Analyst are to maintain and reconcile grant and match account budget expenditures; place orders and receive invoices; initiate cost transfers, salary redistributions, payment authorizations, travel claims and other types of forms as needed; maintain correspondence files and financial records; and serve as a resource to the Dean, PI’s and ORSP.