East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences welcomed a new grants administrator to the college’s professional staff last Wednesday, March 28. Ms. Gina Betcher joins ECU from Western Michigan University, where she most recently served as research and program officer in the Office of the Vice President for Research. She fills the position within Harriot College formerly held by Ms. Melody Bentz.
"I am delighted that Gina has joined Harriot College as our grants specialist,” said Cindy Putnam-Evans, Harriot College associate dean for research. “She brings a unique skill set to the position, and has experience in both pre-award grants administration and proposal development. I look forward to working with her to ensure that the research needs of the College are met.”
As the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences grants administrator, Betcher will serve the faculty and staff with a primary focus on proposal development, submission and training. She will act as a liaison with the Office of Sponsored Programs, coordinate training opportunities, develop research-related policies and procedures, and maintain the college’s Office of Research website. When the need arises, Betcher will assist college departmental personnel with post-award administrative services, including effort reporting, reports management and compliance tracking.
“The role of grants administrator demonstrates the need for a versatile position to leverage growth in grants for the humanities and other areas in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences,” said Betcher. “I am excited to serve the grant-seeking, administrating, developing, training and various related needs of Harriot College faculty.”
Throughout her career, Betcher has gained extensive experience identifying needs for funding, locating funding opportunities, promoting research and creative project ideas to sponsors, and writing and submitting grant proposals in the areas of humanities and social sciences.
“I am truly excited to learn about the history of support from the NEA, NEH and the North Carolina Humanities Council for scholarly research projects here at ECU,” said Betcher.
In addition to her work in research, from 2003-09, Betcher taught various English courses at Kellogg Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University. She is also a published author.
Betcher is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals, the Society of Research Administrators International, the American Association of Grant Administrators and the National Council of University Research Administrators. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University in 2003, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1996.
“With an MFA in creative writing and a few published short stories and poems, I am thrilled to be able to attend the upcoming reading by our Poet Laureate,” said Betcher.
Poet Laureate Philip Levine will lead a free, community discussion at 8 p.m. April 25, at the Greenville Museum of Art, sponsored by the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies and Harriot College’s Department of English.
For additional information on Betcher, please contact her at 252-737-4389 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.