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. Learn more about the Office of Research staff here.
The Office of Research dedicates this page to recognizing our campus partners who together form a vital network of support for scholarly research and publicly engaged scholarship across the UW Tacoma campus
Cheryl Greengrove, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (AVCR)
Dr. Greengrove is an Associate Professor of Geosciences in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS) and was one of the first two science faculty hired at UW Tacoma in 1996. She has held several leadership positions on campus including twice as the Interim Dean/Director of SIAS. Dr. Greengrove has successfully secured over $2.5 million in external research funding from federal agencies and local foundations to support her primary research focus, which is the study of harmful algal blooms in PNW estuaries and pedagogy in science education.
She was appointed UW Tacoma's AVCR in Spring 2020. This is a newly designed, part time position that plays a central role in our collaborative organizational structure supporting research and scholarship across the campus. In addition to helping to define this new role, Dr. Greengrove's initial priorities will be to
Raise visibility of research and scholarship across the campus
Promote and facilitate research and scholarly collaboration and work to leverage resources from across campus to support research/scholarship
Collaborate with other units on campus and at UW to enhance the support for research/scholarship
Act as a connector and catalyst
Faculty Assembly Research Advisory Committee (RAC)
RAC is an ad-hoc subcommittee of UW Tacoma Faculty Assembly started in 2019. Its main responsibility is to ensure faculty have a direct role in shared governance related to issues pertaining to research and scholarship. RAC has five members among full-time UW Tacoma faculty appointed by Executive Council. The Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and the Office of Research Director are ex-officio members of the committee Current RAC members are:
Eric Madfis (second year) – School of Social Work & Criminal Justice
Belinda Louie (second year) – School Education
Huatong Sun (second year) – School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
John Finke – School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Rich Furman - School of Social Work & Criminal Justice
Other significant partnerships are being cultivated across campus in many units and departments, and we look forward to the integration of strengths and expertise with these groups.