Esther L. Raizen, Associate Dean for Research
Lauren Apter Bairnsfather, Executive Assistant
Kathy Thatcher, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Melanie Morgan, Foundations Specialist
The Office of Research strives to advance the educational mission of the College of Liberal Arts by providing the infrastructure that faculty, graduate students, and academic units within the College need in order to fund, conduct, and disseminate compelling and innovative research. Research by College faculty and students exemplifies our contribution to the people of Texas, to the academic community in the nation and beyond, and to the development of human knowledge in the humanities and the social sciences. Strong research is critical to the education we provide to our undergraduate and graduate students; indeed, a successful research mission is inseparable from our educational mission.
To carry out our research mission, our staff of grants professionals identifies opportunities for faculty and graduate students and coordinates collaboration with research sponsors and partners. We facilitate the participation of faculty and graduate students in grant and fellowship competitions inside the University of Texas at Austin, at the state and national levels, and internationally, with a commitment to assuring compliance with all regulatory requirements.
The College of Liberal Arts actively encourages faculty to apply for external governmental and non-governmental grants and fellowships. Our team provides personalized pre-award and post-award support services to faculty interested in seeking external resources for research and instruction.
We will be happy to work with you on your proposals—feel free to email, call, or stop by our office.
Dorothy L. Gebauer Building, 2.310
Humanities Research Awards are College of Liberal Arts-sponsored grants that provide funding for tenured and tenure-track faculty whose work falls within the disciplines of the humanities. The awards support faculty in their effort to bring to completion a research project already in progress, and the expectation is that the recipient will produce one or more publications and make his or her work known to the academic community through conferences and other venues. The award is $5,000 for three consecutive years, for a total of $15,000. Ten awards will be granted in the 2012-2013 academic year.
Lauren Apter Bairnsfather
Our office takes a special interest in the success of graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts, during the period of enrollment and upon graduation. We collaborate with the Dean of the Graduate School and with the Graduate Student Assembly to stay on top of issues that affect the graduate student population.
We continually seek to improve campus resources and procedures to benefit graduate students in the areas of work-life balance, mentorship, career planning, and placement of graduates in academic and training-related jobs. Please stay in touch with us as you begin to advise and mentor graduate students.
Our Mission is to address workplace equity issues in the College of Liberal Arts, on a continuum that begins with graduate students and ends with full professors, and to identify systemic/programmatic problems that require attention. We coordinate our activities with the Provost's Office, and follow the Provost's lead in responding to the 2008 Gender Equity Report. We also work closely with the Graduate School.
In May of 2010 we established the Liberal Arts Gender Council, a group of 15 faculty members of all ranks and two student representatives, one undergraduate and one graduate student. The Council advises the Dean's office on gender equity issues.