COMPASS Certification Course

The “Compass” program at Auburn guides research administrators through the myriad channels of knowledge they need to perform their job e.g. enhancing and improving support provided to researchers. The Certification Course provides a working knowledge of the policies and procedures that underlie the field of sponsored project administration.  It is designed to challenge practitioners who have experience working in the field.  We take a broad view of sponsored project administration and develop a basic understanding of the diverse facets of the field.  Through classroom engagement and experiential learning, participants learn about sources of federal, state and local funding for research and other extramurally funded projects, sponsor agencies, industry and foundation sponsors, institutional models, the grant award cycle, and the typical roles and responsibilities seen in sponsored project administration.  The course emphasizes a pedagogy that is experiential and interactive in nature. Through this approach, participants explore regulations, principles, problems, and policies that are most relevant to the issues they may encounter in their daily work environment.  

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Adam Foutz            

Amanda Fowler      

Amy Vaughan         

Angela Sheflin        

Brandi Lowery        

Carol Baker            

Debra Watkins        

Frederick Fornis     

Kenyetta Sinclair    

Laura Pattillo          

Leanne Marshall               

Lona Childers         

Nancy Ray-Monroe

Sandra Blackmon   

Sarah Hill                

Susan Meadows     

Stanley Spence