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Dr. Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor, Ph.D., MBA, Vice President for Research
Derryberry Hall, Room 305
931) 372-3897

 Michael Aikens  

Michael Aikens, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Derryberry Hall
(931) 372-3810

  • Co-chairs Tech's grand challenge, Rural Reimagined
  • Directs the Tennessee Center for Rural Innovation
  • Helps guide economic development activities for the region, state of Tennessee, and the nation

Mary Kathryn Karafonda, Interim Director of Office of Research and Director of Research Systems 
Derryberry Hall 
(931) 372-3758

  • Oversees the development of an on-campus electronic research system 
  • Oversees the Office of Research
 Jill Dicey  

Jill Dicey, Administrative Associate
Derryberry Hall, Room 305
(931) 372-3897 

  • Provides general administrative Office of Research support
  • Supports the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Supports the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee
  • Supports the Tennessee Tech Research Foundation Board
  • Supports the Caplenor Committee
Joe Driver

Joe Driver, Pre-Award Specialist
Derryberry Hall, Room 128 
(931) 372-3901 

  • Provides pre-award support including budget development
  • Fields pre-award questions
  • Prepares and uploads proposal packages
 Amy Hill  

Amy Hill, Editor
Southwest Hall, Room 149
(931) 372-3464 

  • Provides proofreading/editorial support and submits proposals
  • Provides graphic support
  • Supports the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects
 Andrea Kruszka

Andrea Kruszka, Rural Outreach Coordinator
Derryberry Hall, Room 304
(931) 372-3342 

  • Manages daily operations and clients for the Tennessee Center for Rural Innovation
  • Coordinates on-campus Eagle Works Innovation and Entrepreneurship activities
 Mark Lynam  

Mark Lynam, Senior Coordinator
Derryberry Hall, Room 128 

(931) 372-3673 

  • Communicates potential funding opportunities to appropriate faculty
  • Facilitates/initiates the protection of intellectual property and technology transfers
  • Coordinates award report submission and compliance review for budget adjustments
  • Provides support for revisions, extensions, and policy/regulatory issues
  • Provides assistance in CITI training 
  • Performs Visual Compliance checks

Post-Award Specialist
Derryberry Hall, Room 432 
(931) 372-6756

  • Provides bookkeeping assistance on funded projects

Contract Compliance Specialist
Derryberry Hall, Room 128
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  • Coordinates contract compliance, subawards, and non-monetary agreements

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