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Research and Sponsored Programs: Staff Listing

Office of Research
and Sponsored Programs (RaSP)

Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
RASP Bldg., Suite 1A
Nashville, TN  37209-1561
Phone:  615-963-7631
Fax:  615-963-5068

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 Directions to the Research and Sponsored Programs Building

Chief Research Officer
and Associate Vice President

of Research and Sponsored Programs
Frances Williams, Ph.D. 
Phone:   615-963-7631 

Director of Engagement and Visibility
[Grant proposal development, research publications, university research symposium, RSP social media, funding agency relations, federal contracting POC] 

John Barfield, BBA CRA
Phone:   615-963-2291

Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
[Grant budget assistance, grant submissions, RSP department  accounting and budgeting]

Phyllis Danner, MBA CRA
Phone:   615-277-1621

Electronic Records Manager
[RSP building management, RSP electronic records management, Research website, RSP Inventory, RSP systems]

Reginald Cannon, BS

Phone:   615-277-1606

Research Specialist
[Mgr. of the Micro, Nano, Bio Lab and Coordinator of TIGER Institute]

April Falconer, MS
Phone:   615-277-1668

Director of Special Projects 
[Special projects including Cumberland Shores Research Park, faculty development, grant proposal development, research team development, research publications] 
Nicholas Kovach, MA
Phone:  615-963-5827

Senior Office Assistant
LaDonna Palms
Phone:  615-963-5530 

Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President
Iyesha Rose, BA
Phone:  615-277-1632

Director of Research Management [Pre-award budgeting assistance, RSP data aggregation, grant submissions, research contract processing]
Corrine Vaughn, MBA
Phone:   615-277-1672