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Office of the Vice President

The Vice President for Research and Development is responsible for managing all areas related to research development, research grants and contracts, research compliance, intellectual property, technology transfer, and liaison with government and industry in support of research and development. In support of Tech's 2020 Strategic Plan, we are elevating our research and graduate programs to national prominence. Our goals are to:
  • Ensure that our research program is supportive and integrated with our educational goals at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Identify, cultivate, and support those faculty and staff who have interests in pursuing grants, contracts, gifts and other research funding opportunities.
  • Foster an entrepreneurial culture among faculty in identifying resources that can support their research.
  • Market the university’s research and development programs to the external public.
  • More goals can be found here.

See the areas of responsibility for the Office of Vice President for Research and Development.

Units reporting to the Vice President for Research and Development

The Office of Sponsored Projects offers direct support to faculty and staff in all aspects of seeking and maintaining external grant funding. From identifying funding sources to proposal preparation to finally managing grant accounts, the University Research staff provides support, training, and education to help faculty and staff reach their goals for external funding.

The Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization is a combined technology transfer and industrial liaison office that manages patents and other intellectual properties for Tech and provides assistance to firms and individuals seeking research or licensing assistance. Developmental research in cooperation with government and industry is a natural conduit for technology transfer. Such work is part of the mission of many of Tech’s applied research and engineering centers. Tech also operates the Shreveport Center where technologies are showcased and groups meet to discuss technology issues. The Center is located near the Shreveport Regional Airport.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology (CEnIT) plays an active role in the commercialization of technologies at Louisiana Tech. Through an NSF-sponsored course entitled Innovative Venture Research (IVR), CEnIT provides a structure for involving students, faculty and community mentors in conducting commercialization studies of technologies. Further, CEnIT creates an innovative entrepreneurial culture by enhancing the education of students in information technology and entrepreneurship; promoting the development and commercialization of information technologies generated by university faculty and students; and providing leadership in entrepreneurship and information technology outreach activities that will support economic development in the state. CEnIT is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and Science and the College of Administration and Business but involves participation from every college at the institution. The CEnIT Innovation Lab is a technology-rich environment created to support interdisciplinary research, class projects and entrepreneurial activities.

Contact Information
Office of the Vice President for Research & Development
Louisiana Tech University
1629 Wyly Tower, Railroad Ave.
P.O. Box 8577
Ruston, LA 71272
Phone: 318.257.3056

Staff Directory of the Office of Vice President for Research and Development.

Organizational Chart

Name Position Phone Fax Location Email
Martha Stevens Assistant for Administration 257-3056   WT 1634 mstevens@latech.edu
Jamie Hancock Post-Award Coordinator 257-5078 257-5079 WT 1502 jhancock@latech.edu
Courtney Jarrell Research Contracts Administrator 257-2416  257-5079 WT 1507 cjarrell@latech.edu
Rich Kordal Intellectual Property Director 257-2484  257-4703 WT 1516 rkordal@latech.edu
Beth Free Pre-Award Coordinator 257-2415 257-5079 WT 1503 bfree@latech.edu
Sheri Herren Account Technician 257-5077 257-5079 WT 1508 sherren@latech.edu
Barbara Talbot Sponsored Projects Secretary 257-5076 257-5079 WT 1506 btalbot@latech.edu
Chris Womack IT Coordinator 257-4627
UH 118 cwomack@latech.edu

December 11th, 2018

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