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Associate Dean Esther Raizen

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies was established in fall 2009 as the Office of Special Projects, with a mandate to study gender equity in the College of Liberal Arts. In 2010, we became the Office of Research and added to our portfolio faculty research support and graduate studies. For more about what we do, we welcome you to visit our pages and read our Strategic Research Plan

Grants Spotlight

What's a Grants & Contracts Specialist?


In May, the College of Liberal Arts Office for Research and Graduate Studies sent its three-person Grants Services team to the regional meeting of the National Council of Research Administrators (NCURA) to present on the office's innovative approach to grant administration in the College.

Read more here...


Meet the COLA Graduate Fellows

COLA Fellows

The COLA Fellows are top doctoral students who are offered five years of competitive funding to undertake their studies.


Grants Support

The Office of Research offers comprehensive grants assistance to faculty and graduate students. Grant-seeking is an integral part of any academic career, and we strive to collaborate with faculty and students to navigate the often complex grant application process, create compelling proposals, and develop long-term funding plans.

Graduate Studies

This section contains a range of information for graduate coordinators and graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts. We discuss new procedures for graduate student funding in 2012/2013 as well as our Teaching Fellows program. You will also find demographic information about students in COLA programs, and an overview of research about graduate student attrition, completion, and career paths of new PhDs. 

Work Environment and Wellness

Our efforts to improve the work environment are part of a campus-wide response to the issues raised in the Report of the Gender Equity Task Force of 2008. Our mission is to identify inequities and address them with an eye toward shaping the College as a workplace that is dedicated to the well being of its faculty, staff, and students.