Funded Proposals (7/1/2015-7/31/2015)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $296,746 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education, received $2,000 from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History to conduct the fifth annual Center for Reflective Citizenship UTC Constitution Day Lecture. The lecture will be held on September 17 in the UC Auditorium, and the topic will be “The Constitution and Religious Liberty.”

Ms. Shirl Gholston, Director of Student Support Services (SSS), successfully competed for another 5 years of funding for SSS, receiving $284,746 from the U.S Department of Education for the 2015-2016 academic year with the same amount promised for 4 more years. The SSS Program works to ensure retention and graduation of UTC students who come from underrepresented backgrounds by providing peer mentoring and peer tutoring.

Ms. Laurie Melnik, Interim Director and Director of Theatre Education and Dr. Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Arts Education at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts attracted $10,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to support the development, duplication, and dissemination of materials for the 9th annual Arts & Education Forum Series: Arts & Literacy in the Interdisciplinary Curriculum at the UTC. The forum series will be offered through 2-day workshops scheduled during the 2015-16 academic year.


Submitted Proposals (7/1/2015-7/31/2015)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,000,141 in external funding, if awarded:

Drs. Ignatius Fomunung, Mbaki Onyango, Joseph Owino, and Weidong Wu (Civil, Chemical, and General Engineering) submitted a preliminary proposal to the Tennessee Department of Transportation to conduct a literature review on transportation demand management (TDM) and establish ways to calculate and quantify the air quality, congestion reduction, and other benefits of TDM. The project aims to create a framework that can be used in assessing the effectiveness of TDM strategies in various regions of Tennessee.

Ms. Hacker-Cerulean (Theatre & Speech) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Endowment of the Arts for the Moccasin Bend Nature & Art Stomp. The event will inspire urbanites to visit and appreciate the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District, where artists’ creative work will be showcased in a summer festival that highlights the history and natural beauty of the park.

Dr. Gregory Heath (Health & Human Performance) submitted a preliminary proposal to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to implement the Chattanooga’s Approach to Data Across Sectors for Health (CADASH) program. The program plans to enhance the coordination of health-related data management, analyses, dissemination, and resource sharing to benefit the health of the Chattanooga community.

Dr. Hope Klug (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $832,025 from the National Science Foundation to study sexual selection through the use of mathematical modeling and experimentation with a fish system, while facilitating additional training for both undergraduate and graduate students. The project will generate specific predictions of the key factors that are expected to influence sexual selection and mating dynamics under a range of scenarios.

Dr. Mbaki Onyango (Civil, Chemical, and General Engineering) submitted five preliminary proposals to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Proposed projects revolve around collecting better traffic data and improving roads.

Ms. Linda Orth, Ms. Squoia Holmes-Mayweather (Records Office), Dr. Amanda Clark (Psychology), and Mr. Joe Wiram (Student Affairs) requested $92,532 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to improve support and increase success for student veterans at UTC. The project will work in accordance with UTC’s Southeast TN Veteran Academic & Leadership Organization for our Region (VALOR) project.

Dr. Gretchen Potts (Integrated Studies) requested $50,000 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to recruit and retain more adult learners at UTC. This project plans to conduct marketing campaigns in the region to recruit adult learners, while tailoring certain classes to an online or hybrid structure.

Dr. Alex Rollins (Civil, Chemical, and General Engineering) requested $23,984 from SBC Group, LLC to evaluate the potential of wood chips as a primary ingredient of Portland cement concrete. A significant body of research concerning the advantages and disadvantages of using wood chips in concrete exists, and Rollins’ study will explore the different processing options to test wood chip potential.

Dr. Niki Tejero (Music) requested $1,600 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to support the 2016 River City Clarinet Winter Festival. The festival will feature a variety of activities, including a lecture, master class, concert performances, round-table discussion on topics related to clarinet playing, musical artistry, and a high school solo competition.

Dr. Weidong Wu (Civil, Chemical, and General Engineering) submitted a preliminary proposal to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to develop internally-curing concrete for use in the state of Tennessee. The project will allow TDOT to produce more durable transportation infrastructure with increased service life, reducing maintenance and life-cycle costs.