Contact Us

The Team at the Division of Research and Innovation is here to help. Email us at or reach out to our team below.

Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal
Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation
Executive Director, FedEx Institute of Technology
Phone: 901.678.1618


Cody Behles
Assistant Director, FedEx Institute of Technology
Phone: 901.678.2470

Debra Cummings
Administrative Associate
Phone: 901.678.2590

Mary Ann Dawson
Assistant Director, FedEx Institute of Technology
Phone: 901.678.1592


Research Development focuses on increasing institutional research competitiveness through targeted capacity building, partnership and interdisciplinary team development, and proposal development assistance activities. This team manages limited competition proposals, large-scale or center proposals, and Career development proposals.

Deborah Hernandez
Director, Research Development
Phone: 901.678.2648

Portfolio: Physical Sciences, Engineering, Business
Deborah also manages the University's Strategic Research Investment Fund Projects, STEM Doctoral Fellowship Programs, Partnership with the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Research Infrastructure projects.

Mary Earheart-Brown
Senior Associate Director, Research Development
Phone: 901.678.4911

Portfolio: Education, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences
Mary also manages the Communities of Research Scholars Program (CoRS) and the University's Partnership with the Urban Child Institute.

Vernisa Hazlett
Project Coordinator
Phone: 901.678.3574

Portfolio: Coordinates activities for Internal Funding, U of M RIF, RISE Doctoral Fellowships and budgets

Francoise Mireles
Research Development Specialist, Research Development

Portfolio: Life Sciences
Francoise also coordinates the activities of the University of Memphis Research Council.


Sponsored Programs: The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is a service office that reports to the Executive Vice President for Research & Innovation. OSP serves faculty and staff, in every academic discipline and research area, pursuing research or other sponsored projects funded by federal, state, or private agencies and organizations. OSP personnel are committed to furthering the University's vision as a great metropolitan research university by assisting faculty in identifying funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, securing institutional approval for proposals, and submitting proposals for funding. OSP also manages several programs to ensure compliance with federal, state, and Institutional regulations.

Click here to view OSP Departmental Assignments: OSP Responsibility Matrix

Heather Winters
Senior Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Phone: 901.678.3251

 Angela Fair
Senior Associate Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Phone: 901.678.0880

Ty Flores
Sponsored Programs Administrator
Phone: 901.678.5071

Stephanie Thompson
Sponsored Programs Administrator
Phone: 901.678.4146

Laura Wright
Sponsored Programs Administrator
Phone: 901.678.3507

Lauren Williams
Sponsored Programs Coordinator
Phone: 901.678.3056

Leslie Ingram
Electronic Research Administrator
Phone: 901.678.4247


Research Compliance encompasses work with human subjects (IRB), animals (IACUC), financial conflict of interest, export controls, research misconduct and responsible conduct of research. This team works with our faculty and student researchers to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, laws and University policies.  


Beverly Jacobik
Senior Associate Director, Research Compliance
Phone: 901.678.4786

Karyl Buddington, DVM
Director, Animal Care Facilities
Phone: 901.678.2359

Donny Ray
Manager, Animal Care Facilities
Phone: 901.678.4842

Kellie Watson
Research Compliance Coordinator
Phone: 901.678.2705