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Our Staff

The Office of Research provides support to faculty in all aspects of developing and nurturing individual and collaborative interests in specific research areas and scholarships. Under the leadership of Dr. Jill Purdy, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Lisa Isozaki, Director, our office offers a flexible and effective infrastructure staffed with an experienced team to meet campus research needs.

Lisa Isozaki has been at UW Tacoma since May 2014. Prior to this, Lisa was the Program Administrator for the Polar Science Center in the UW Applied Physics Laboratory managing over $15M in annual grant funding and she was a Project Manager at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center managing several large NCI funded program/project grants focusing on the early detection of ovarian and breast cancer. At UW Tacoma, Lisa manages all centralized pre and post award operations within the Office of Research. She serves as our primary point person who facilitates communication with offices in Seattle including the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Grant and Contract Accounting (GCA), and the Seattle Office of Research. Lisa works directly with faculty interested in pursuing funding for a sponsored project helping them through the entire pre-proposal process of understanding complexities and requirements of a given funding announcement, developing components of a proposal including the detailed budget, working through external and internal submission systems, and ensuring compliance with UW submission and deadline policies. She also provides guidance to the Office of Research staff who work directly with faculty and unit administrators on all post award management and compliance issues. Lisa received her Bachelor's in Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Bachelor's in Science degree from Seattle University.

Previously at the University of Washington Bothell, Andrea joined the UW Tacoma Office of Research as a Fiscal Specialist in September 2019. Andrea has an extensive background in IT Project Management supporting many IT marketing projects for Microsoft. She has also worked for, the State of Alaska, and many other organizations. At UW Tacoma, Andrea’s primary responsibility will be to support post award grants management activities centralized within the Office of Research. Specifically, Andrea will work closely with individual PIs and academic units to complete monthly budget reconciliations and invoicing processes, will provide procurement, subaward, and effort certification support, and will assist with budget projections and close out procedures. In her spare time, Andrea is a Seattle and Ohio sports fan. Andrea has UW Football season tickets and spends many a Saturday tailgating and supporting the Huskies. Andrea earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dayton.

JoAnn earned her BA from Central Washington University in Education.  After 7 years of teaching elementary education in Puyallup School District, JoAnn transitioned her career to the University of Washington in 2007.  JoAnn lives in Puyallup, and in her spare time likes to bike, hike, garden, and spend time with family and friends.   In the UWT Office of Research, JoAnn supports with post-award management and faculty development workshops.  Inquiries regarding the OR website may also be directed to her.

Kara Luckey, Proposal Development Consultant, provides on-demand support to UW Tacoma faculty across all disciplines with developmental and copy editing of proposal narratives, as well as assistance with articulating project aims, research design, and anticipated impacts. Kara works to develop competitive proposals to a variety of private and public sponsors with investigators coming from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives including the humanities and social sciences, STEM, and practice-based fields. Kara holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, where she also supported grant-writing efforts, conducted independent and collaborative research, and taught graduate-level courses in research design and analytical methods.

Contact Lisa Isozaki ( to learn more about how Kara might support your proposal efforts!

Our Mission

As an urban-serving university, the UW Tacoma aims to "foster scholarship, research, and creativity to address the challenging problems of our time and place."  In its 2016 Strategic Plan, the UW Tacoma identifies as a key priority to "expand and support a range of research, scholarship and creative activity."

To serve these ends, the Office of Research works with campus partners to:

  • Assist UW Tacoma faculty to pursue externally sponsored research funding;
  • Raise the profile of research, scholarship, and creative activities across the campus and in the community;
  • Provide highest level of support and infrastructure for all forms of scholarship;
  • Promote the professional development of faculty through workshops that help faculty in all aspects of their research, scholarship, and creative activities;
  • Support student research experiences
  • Help the faculty to partner with public agencies and community groups in the mutual pursuit of publicly-engaged scholarship.