Leadership and staff

Frank J. Symons

Frank J. Symons, Associate Dean for Research
Phone: 612-626-8697 | Email: symon007@umn.edu
Oversees research and sponsored activities in the CEHD and thus is delegated the authority to act on the Dean’s behalf in matters relating to research. The associate dean for research (ADR) reviews and approves proposals for external funding, evaluates appropriateness of proposed cost-sharing and requests for F&A waivers, and reviews conflict of interest disclosure forms and facilitates institutional oversight. The ADR sets the vision for the college's research enterprise and guides new initiatives.

Ellen Freeman

Ellen Freeman, Director
Office of Research and Policy

Phone: 612-625-2708 | Email: efreeman@umn.edu
Coordinates collegiate research development activities, including educational offerings, communications, data reporting, internal funding programs, and MN Agricultural Experiment station funding.

Grant coordinators

Amber Fink
Senior Grant Coordinator
KIN, C&I, and CAREI
Email: fink0088@umn.edu

Jeff Zytkovicz
Senior Grant Coordinator
ICD, CEED, Dean's Office
Email: zytko004@umn.edu

Rachel Clevenger
Grant Coordinator
SSW, FSoS
Email: niem0100@umn.edu

Lucy Luu Evans
Pre-Award Support: ICI
Email: luuxx001@umn.edu

Bess Miller
EdPsy and OLPD
Email: bess@umn.edu

When preparing proposals that involve CEHD faculty and staff, please refer to our PRF routing chains and contact the grant coordinator assigned to the investigator's unit with any questions.

ORP is a treat to work with. In my experience, they have been very patient, professional folks, and I appreciate them very much.

Comment from a 2022 CEHD research services survey