Author Fellowship Program

JRA Author Fellowship Program in Brief

The goal of the JRA Author Fellowship Program is to increase the confidence, capacity, and willingness of research administrators to serve the field and share their expertise as peer-reviewed or refereed journal authors. Prospective authors (Fellows) are paired with published Peer Advisors for a six- to nine-month supportive fellowship.

History. Developed in 2016 by members of the JRA Editorial Board for SRAI members, five cohorts have completed the program, with applications NOW OPEN for Cohort 6. As part of an inter-institutional partnership, from Cohort 2 ARMA members could also participate. Guidance for prospective authors (available here) was developed in 2019, and updated in 2020 by Dr. Cliff Studman, Peer Advisor and Distinguished Faculty member.

Advance Preparation.
Look here to find:

  • A four-part series on Writing Successful Research Papers developed by Dr. Cliff Studman, a long-term Peer Advisor with the Author Fellowship Program.
  • An early stage webinar focused on "A Scholarly Writing Platform for Research Administrators"
  • Guidelines that are good to review, even by early stage prospective authors: Author Guidelines; Article Template; Author Agreement. 

    Cohort 6 - Applications Now Open!

    Submit your application

    Deadline: Friday, November 19, 2021

    Author Fellow applicants must be a member of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI) or of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA).

    Important Dates:

    • September 15, 2021 – Application Period Opens
    • November 19, 2021 - Applications Due
    • January 14, 2022 – Notification to Applicants
    • February 1, 2022 – Cohort 6 Begins

    Prospective Authors New to the Publishing Experience

    Have you thought about writing an article for the Journal of Research Administration (JRA) but didn’t know where to begin? JRA’s Author Fellowship Program can help. The program pairs budding writers with published authors who will provide assistance for six (6) months on:

    • developing a literature review in support of a proposed topic; and/or
    • expanding an article proposal to a complete draft.

    To be eligible to be a Fellow, you must be a SRAI or ARMA member, and complete the online application. 

    Published Authors Willing to Provide Guidance for Writers

    Are you a published author who wants to share your expertise with aspiring authors and make a contribution to the research administration profession? We are looking for Peer Advisors who have published at least one peer-reviewed article to support Fellows by advising on:

    • literature review sources;
    • overall structure and content of an article proposal or a complete draft; and/or
    • response to reviewer comments.

    Fellow Peer Advisors are not expected to serve as proofreaders or copy editors. Peer Advisors should be willing to commit one to four hours per month during the fellowship period, which will span six (6) months, depending on the level of assistance requested by the Fellow.

    To apply to be a Fellow Peer Advisor, you have to be a member of SRAI or ARMA, and complete the online application. 

    Author Fellowship Program Committee

    • Amy Cuhel-Schuckers, CRA, PhD, Director of Sponsored Projects and Research, University of the Sciences
    • Simon Kerridge, DProf, Founder, Kerridge Research Consulting  
    • Jorja Kimball, PhD, Executive Director, Research Development Services, Texas A&M University 
    • Holly Zink, Medical Research Writer, University of Kansas Medical Center

    Meet Cohort 5 Fellows (and their Peer Advisors)


    Beth Jager, MA (USA)

    Director of Sponsored Research 
    Claremont McKenna College 

    Peer Advisor: Doug Mounce, Grants & Contracts Manager, University of Washington Cancer Vaccine Institute, University of Washington (USA)


    Janai Symons, JD, MLIS, CRA (USA)

    Research Compliance Officer
    Western Washington University 

    Peer Advisor: Carson Harrod, PhD, Director of Research Administration, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (USA)


    Shuna McMichael, EdD  (USA)

    Director, Grants and Sponsored Research 
    Soka University of America

    Peer Advisor: Angela Silva, DBA, MAOL, CRA, Research Project Manager II, MultiCare Institute for Research and Innovation (USA) 


    Sandra (Sandy) Justice, CRA (USA)

    Associate Director
    University of South Florida

    Peer Advisor: Holly Zink, MSA, ACRP-CPDepartment of Surgery, Medical Research Writer, University of Kansas Medical Center (USA)


    Helen Coskeran, PhD (UK)

    Monitoring & Evaluation/Capacity-Building Lead
    University of Leeds

    Peer Advisor: Phil Cola, PhD, Associate Professor of Management, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University (USA)


    Julie Swaringim-Griffin, MS (USA)

    Grants Manager
    Oklahoma State University 

    Peer Advisor: Simon Philbin, PhD, MBA, Director of Engineering and Enterprise, School of Engineering, London South Bank University (UK) 


    Hilary Jones (UK)

    School Research Manager
    King's College London

    Peer Advisor: Cliff Studman, PhD, Professor of Research, St. John’s University of Tanzania, (Tanzania/New Zealand)


    Kortnay Woods, PhD (USA)

    Executive Director
    The College of New Jersey

    Peer Advisor: Michael Owen, PhD, Professor & Dean, Brock University, Ontario, Canada

    Meet Cohort 4 Fellows (and their Peer Advisors)

    Lisa Boyce, PhD (UK)

    Head, Research Pre-Award
    University of Surrey

    Peer Advisor: Doug Mounce, Grants & Contracts Manager, University of Washington Cancer Vaccine Institute, University of Washington (USA)


    Lauren Causey, PhD , CRA (USA)

    Manager of Sponsored Research
    Augsburg University

    Peer Advisor: Cliff Studman, PhD, Professor of Research, St. John’s University of Tanzania, (Tanzania/New Zealand)


    Angela White-Jones, PhD  (USA)

    Lecturer, Program Director
    University of Central Florida

    Peer Advisor: Jen Fensome, PhD, Director of Research & Enterprise at Loughborough University, Bletchley, Milton Keynes (UK)


    Carla DeMarco (Canada)

    Research Communications & Grants Manager
    University of Toronto Mississauga

    Peer Advisor: Holly Zink, MSA, ACRP-CPDepartment of Surgery, Medical Research Writer, University of Kansas Medical Center (USA)


    Julie Renkas, MPA CRA (USA)

    Grants Administrator II,
    College of Charleston

    Peer Advisor: Kirsten Levy, MBA, Retired. Former Admin Manager/Senior Research Administrator; Boston University, Boston, MA (USA)

    Elizabeth (Beth) Kingsley, CRA (USA)

    Grants Contract Manager
    Denver Health and Hospital Authority

    Peer Advisor: Angela Silva, PhD (Multicare Health System), Research Project Manager, MultiCare Health System, WA (USA)

    Annemarie (Annie) Roussy, CRA, MBA (USA)

    Lead Financial Analyst
    Smithsonian Institution

    Peer Advisor: Michael Owen, PhD, Professor & Dean, Brock University, Ontario (Canada)

    Meet Cohort 3 Fellows (and their Peer Advisors)

    Allen Muyaama Mukhwana

    Allen Muyaama Mukhwana, MBA (Kenya)

    Research Systems Manager
    The African Academy of Sciences 

    Peer Advisor: Angela Silva, PhD, Research Project Manager, MultiCare Health System. Washington

    Shanta Layton, BS. (USA).

    Shanta Layton, BS (USA)

    Director of Research Administration
    Children’s Hospital. Michigan

    Peer Advisor: Kirsten Levy, MBA. (USA). Boston University (retired) The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/Wilmington University

    Rommany Jenkins, PhD. (UK)

    Rommany Jenkins, PhD (UK)

    EU & International Research Funding Officer
    University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Peer Advisor: Doug Mounce (USA), Grants & Contracts Manager, Cancer Research and Biostatistics, Seattle, Washington

    Rachel Goff-Albritton, PhD. (USA

    Rachel Goff-Albritton, PhD (USA)

    Research Development & Training Specialist
    Florida State University.

    Peer Advisor: Philip Cola, PhD (USA), Associate Professor of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

    Kerin Alfaro, ME Candidate. (USA).

    Kerin Alfaro, ME Candidate (USA)

    Senior Research Administrator
    The University of Southern California, California

    Peer Advisor: Jessica Donley, MMT (USA) Appalachian State University, North Carolina.

    Deborah Clark, MS (USA

    Deborah Clark, MS (USA)

    Research Officer
    Central Michigan University, Michigan

    Peer Advisor: Rani Muthukrishnan, PhD (USA), Director, Research Protections, Villanova University. Pennsylvania

    Kay Cunningham, PhD. (UK)

    Kay Cunningham, PhD (UK)

    Research Support Manager
    The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

    Peer Advisor: Cliff Studman, PhD (NZ), Professor of Research, SRAI Distinguished Faculty, New Zealand

    Meet Cohort 2 Fellows (and their Peer Advisors)

    Tonya Edvaison

    Tonya Edvalson, USA

    Clinical Research Compliance Officer
    University of Utah

    Peer Advisor: Kristen Levy, USA, Boston University

    Patrice Martin

    Patrice Martin, USA

    Sponsored Project Officer
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/Wilmington University

    Peer Advisor: Dr. Louise Maythorne, UK, Bath Spa University

    Dr. Caroline Ang

    Dr. Caroline Ang, UK

    Research Development Manager
    University of Bath

    Peer Advisor: Doug Mounce, USA, Cancer Research and Biostatistics (CRAB) 

    Alison Hay

    Alison Hay, UK

    Research Developer
    The Glasgow School of Art

    Peer Advisor: Dr. Simon Kerridge, UK, University of Kent


    Adrienne Dumke, USA

    Conflict of Interest Specialist
    University of Louisville

    Peer Advisor: Dr. Phillip Cola, USA, Case Western Reserve University

    Dr.Rosita Tormala-Nita

    Dr. Rosita Tormala-Nita, USA

    Grants Assistant
    Marquette University

    Peer Advisor: Dr. Julie Bayley, UK, University of Lincoln


    Dr. David Young, UK

    Research Funding and Police Manager
    Northumbia University

    Peer Advisor: Dr. Diane Gavin, UK, University of Phoenix 

    Meet Cohort 1 Fellows (and their Peer Advisors)

    Sikirat Tijani, USA

    Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital 

    Peer Advisor: Diane Gavin, USA, University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies

    Angela J. Silva, USA

    Multicare Health System 

    Peer Advisor: Alicen Nickson, UK, Brunel University 

    Tania Johnson, USA

    Swarthmore College

    Peer Advisor: Cliff Studman, TZA, St. John's University of Tanzania

    Tess Powers, USA

    Colorado College

    Peer Advisor: Doug Mounce, USA, Cancer Research and Biostatics (CRAB)

    Paul Martinez, USA

    University of California, Berkeley 

    Peer Advisor: Simon P. Philbin, UK, Imperial College London 

    Veronica Williams, USA

    Henry Ford Health System 

    Peer Advisor: Kirsten Levy, USA, Boston University