National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
Society of Research Administrators International (SRA)
National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)
American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
American Evaluation Association (AEA)
Federal Demonstration Partnership (faculty representative)
Jo Ann Smith, Ph.D., CRA, is the Program Director of the Master
of Research Administration in the School of Public
Administration. She has over 25 years' experience in research
grant and contract administration. Dr. Smith has consulted on
multiple grant proposals and programs with universities, hospitals,
federal, state, local, and nonprofit agencies that have
collectively resulted in over $100 million in external funding. For
six years she directed a research center whose funding grew from $4
million to approximately $20 million in research expenditures
annually. She has served on the boards of a variety of community
organizations and has presented at multiple international and
national professional conferences. Through the College of
Graduate Studies, she provides instruction for the responsible
conduct of research to UCF graduates students and
recently developed and implemented a workshop series for a
Graduate Certificate in Grantsmanship offered to all UCF graduate
students. She teaches and has taught several graduate courses that
include: an overview of research administration, organizational
models & leadership, financial management, grant and contract
management, strategic planning, public program evaluation
techniques, and research design courses.
Dr. Smith has extensive experience in fostering collaborative
relationships with faculty, administrators, and other community
organizations to lead and stimulate the development of research and
human service programs from conceptualization to implementation and
encourages existing collaborations in new directions. Dr. Smith has
designed and directed evaluation projects in a variety of fields
including online education, sustainability programs, children's
health programs and the assessment of intervention outcomes. She
was also selected as a Fellow to participate in a 3-week intensive
NSF funded evaluation training institute at the University of
Western Michigan's Evaluation Center that was designed to enhance
evaluation capacity in Science, Technology, Engineering, &
Mathematics (STEM) education communities. Dr. Smith delivers
training workshops in the areas of program evaluation,
grant writing, resesarch administration,
instructional/curriculum design, and project
administration. She is currently serving on the UCF Center for
Public & Nonprofit Management (CPNM) Advisory Committee and
most resently served on the National Council of University Research
Administrators Evaluation Committee.
Ph.D., Education, University of Central Florida
Public and Nonprofit Research Organizations and Leadership
Research Development and Administration
Program Evaluation and Assessment
Science and Technology Policy
Online Professional Development and Learning
research integrity/responsible conduct of research
instructional design for online professional development
PAD 6742: Introduction to Research Administration
PAD 6743: Leadership and Organization Models in Research Administration
PAD 6744: Financial Management in Research Administration
PAD 5850: Grant and Contract Management
PAD 6335: Strategic Planning and Management
PAD 6327: Public Program Evaluation Techniques
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