Accomplished research administrator with an analytic mindset focused on achieving results and a passion for program evaluation and collaboration. Project manager enthusiast focused on outcomes while creating growth and value for community and education partners. Goal-oriented, results driven, team player who collaborates with others to provide logical solutions to educational problems.
Grant Proposal and Management
Top grant accomplishments:
Program Planning and Development
Director, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (July 2018-Present)
IRB Administrator, Co-Project Director, U.S. Department of Education, Title III Grant
Reporting to Vice Provost of Faculty Development. Provide key leadership and guidance to affect direction of office administration and operations. Identify and lead impactful and strategic partnerships within campus teams. Promote faculty engagement opportunities.
Private consultant serving multiple industries and groups providing consulting services to write and obtain grants based on guidelines as specified in proposals. Offering continued administrative support to ensure compliance with grant details and guidelines.
Reporting to Provost, provided leadership, development, and launch of the sponsored research office.
Reported to Associate Vice Provost - Institutional Effectiveness. Provided governance for externally funded grants and contracts ensuring all regulatory compliance and provided connection to all external offices and funding agencies.
Reported to Associate VP of Institutional Research. Provided development and administration of institutional grants.
Batterman School of Business, Concordia University, Mequon, WI
Master of Science Organizational Leadership & Administration program
OLA—509:Leading Change in Organizations: This course investigates the theories and strategies to create and maximize participation, collaboration, and effectiveness to build team identity, commitment, and trust.
OLA—515:Organizational Communication & Negotiation: This course covers theories of organizational communication and current issues in ethical, interpersonal, cross cultural, and competitive communication situations.
OLA—550: Special Topics in Leadership: Engaged Leadership: Developed and directed this course, which studied definitions of engagement and investigated what it means to be an engaged leader. It also compared and contrasted engagement and disengagement and how they impact an organization.
OLA—570: Leadership Competencies: In this course, students complete various leadership measures to assess their leadership style, and work intensively with the professor to formulate a personalized plan to develop their practical leadership skills over several months.
November 2009 U.S. Department of Labor—Washington, D.C.; grant panelist / reviewer
August 2011UW-Parkside Faculty In-Service Presenter
Annually University of Wisconsin—Parkside; Non-Profit Leadership Certificate, Grant Writing, Presenter
Annually Numerous Workshops throughout the year: Institutional Review Board, Undergraduate Research, Proposal Writing, Faculty Orientation, etc.
November 2018 Guest Lecturer: Research Resources at Concordia University
October 2019 Wisconsin Research Administrators Network Symposium – Research Compliance & Undergraduate Research
March 2020 SaintA, Milwaukee, WI: Presentation to higher education representatives on research findings related to ACEs and postsecondary educational attainment.
Magna cum laude
DHHS, Co-Principal Writer and Administrator, $9.5M
Title III Grant, Principal Writer and Co-Principal Investigator on grant, $2.7M
US Department of Education Student Support Services, Principal Writer, $1M
US DOL Grant, Project Manager, $900K
Health and Human Services, Co-Principal Writer and Administrator, $500K
Higher Education for Development, Co-Principal Writer with University of Morocco
National Science Foundation, Advanced Technological Education, Co-Principal Writer
Dresen, J. A. (2018). Examining the association between adverse childhood experiences and academic achievement in postsecondary education and the extent to which social support moderates this association (Doctoral dissertation). Publication number: 10930927
Dresen, J. A. (2013). Increasing grant and research-related compliance through website modification, Journal of the Grant Professionals Association, 11(1), 43-54.
Chair, Faculty Scholarship Committee
Originator, Undergraduate Research Program
Chair Undergraduate Research Committee
Technology Transfer Committee Member
Institutional Biosafety Committee
Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching Advisory Council Member
Concordia Intramural Research Committee Member
SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc., Board of Directors
- Board Member of the Year Award (2006-07)
- Kintzler Award (2006-07)
Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education
- Outstanding Support Professional Award (2011)
National Council of University Research Administrators
Society of Research Administrators
Council for Undergraduate Research
Association of University Technology Managers
Milwaukee Regional Technology Transfer Group
National Organization of Research Development Professionals
LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin, Board of Directors; Executive Board—Treasurer (2009—2010)
SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc., Board of Directors (2005—2007)
Leadership Racine, graduate
ASE Foundation,Grant Proposal Writing Consultant
Private Educator Group, Consultant
UW Parkside, presenter
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