ORSP Administration & Staff

David L. Butler, Ph.D. David Butler, Vice Provost
Vice Provost for Research 

and Dean of Graduate Studies 
(615) 898-2182 

Tara Hayes, Administrative AssistantTara Hayes
Administrative Assistant to VPR & Dean  
Phone: (615) 898-5897    Fax: (615) 904-8020 

Dawn McCormack, Interim Co-DirectorDawn McCormack, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Director of Operations
(615) 494-8603

Oversees operations including Pre-award, Post-award, and IRB/IACUC.

Coordinator (Vacant)

Provides operational support for all areas of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, including faculty start-ups, internal research funding, procurement, bookkeeping, and personnel (hiring, termination, extra comp, summer salary). The coordinator also creates and maintains all ORSP online forms.

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

Oversees the Undergraduate Research Center (URC) including serving as the advisor for the Student Organization for the Advancement of Research (SOAR), oversight of URC communications, SOAR Ambassadors, and graduation distinction, facilitates the Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) grant cycles, coordinates events such as the Fall Open House, Scholars Week, and Posters at the Capitol, and organizes workshops offered by the URC.  Facilitates the MT-Internal Grants Opportunities (MT-IGO) program, Grant Writing Enhancement Program (GEP), ORSP communications, and the ORSP training program.  Serves as Fulbright Scholar Liaison for faculty.  Oversees Export Control Compliance Verification forms for international travel.

Moses Prabu, Ph.D.Moses Prabu, ORSP Compliance Officer
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.

Lisa Lee

Provides support for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by overseeing contracts, faculty start-ups, bookkeeping, and more.

Awards Management Staff

Our Awards Management staff is 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.  The 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. 

Janie Becker, Award Management SpecialistJanie Becker
Award Management Specialist
(615) 494-8751 



Post-Award Assignments:
College of Basic & Applied Science:
Agriculture, Biology & Chemistry – Faculty last names (O-Z), Computer Science, Geosciences, Physics & Astronomy

Campus Recreation
Center for Health and Human Services
Data Science Institute
Tennessee STEM Education Center
Mary E. Miller Chair of Excellence in Equine Health


Keith Palmer
Award Management Specialist
(615) 494-7600

Post-Award Assignments:
College of Basic & Applied Science:
        Biology & Chemistry – Faculty last names (A-N), Mathematical Sciences

John SousaJohn Sousa, M.F.A.
Award Management Specialist
(615) 898-5894



Post-Award Assignments:

College of Education
College of Liberal Arts
College of Behavioral & Health Sciences: 
          Criminal Justice
Office of International Affairs

Albert Gore Research Center
Center for Historic Preservation
Womack Educational Leadership
Center for East & South Asian Studies
Governor's School for the Arts
Public Safety
Student Services
Academic Affairs

Michelle Willard, Award Management Specialist

Michelle Willard
Award Management Specialist
(615) 494-7848 



Post-Award Assignments:
College of Behavioral & Health Sciences
College of Media & Entertainment
College of Basic & Applied Science:
          Concrete management & Engineering Technology

College of Liberal Arts:
          Sociology & Anthropology
Jennings A. Jones College of Business

June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students
Business Education Research Center
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
Forensic Institute for Research & Education
Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center
Center for Popular Music
President's Office
James E. Walker Library

Award Management Specialist (Vacant)

The duties of the Award Management Specialist are to manage grantee contract requirements and performance; maintain grant records; monitor and report on grant strategy budgets; and ensure compliance with organizational and federal rules and regulations.

Grants Support Analyst (Vacant)

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, Principal Investigators and ORSP.