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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Class roster

Carolina Miller              

Carolyn McGarity        

Jason Hare                     

Joni Coffman                 

Karen Galik                    

Katherine Falls              

Kelsey Atkins                

Kimberly Ford               

Linda Kerr                       

Lindsey Tramel             

Lynn Brackin                  

Mary Lin                          

Nicholas Pugh               

Richard Morbidelli       

Sissy Cornwell               

Whitney Smith             

Instructor roster 

Rodney Greer

Amy Thomas

Gina Bailey

Rachel Simpson

Anthony Ventimiglia

Larry Hankins

Melissa Morris

Stacey Walker