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Last Update: August 30, 2022

Presented by Dr. John Robertson of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC

October 25, 2022

Stewart Center, Room 302; 8:30AM-5:00PM

About This Workshop

Purdue is pleased to again host the highly acclaimed grant writing program that has enriched many faculty members and led to many successful applications. The workshop focuses on specific skills: idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers. The workshop provides intensive grant writing training interspersed with specific details by agency. Participants will also choose one of four workbooks which provide agency specific grant writing tips and suggestions. The choices include: National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, or “Any Other Agency”, which covers agencies other than those listed. The cost of each book is $75, which will be covered by the participant’s college.

About the Presenter

Dr. John Robertson received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in pharmacology and toxicology. He was hired in 2004 by the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics, and an associate member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Dr. Robertson has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from both the NIH and non-federal sources. He has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. He has been a member of grant review panels, a reviewer for a number of biomedical journals, and served on editorial boards. In addition, he has been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching.

Who Should Attend

This full-day workshop is designed for faculty and full-time staff researchers who have had some exposure to writing grant applications. A limited number of postdocs will be allowed to attend but must first receive an invitation through the Graduate School. Interested postdocs should contact Lisa Nielsen ( We are unable to accommodate students for this event.


Registration is required by Friday, September 30th at: you register and then find that you are unable to attend, please contact Adrianne Thompson ( immediately. All notices of cancellation should be done by September 30 since the workbooks will be ordered then.

Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to participants for this workshop; however, lunch and workbooks are ordered specifically for each participant so those registering are expected to attend. Content builds on itself throughout the workshop so we hope you can find a way to avoid any conflicts during this day; however, we do understand if you need to leave and return for those commitments that you simply can't avoid. Those who register and do not attend will not receive the workbook.


Contact Sue Grimes ( or Adrianne Thompson ( if you have any questions.

Last Update: March 29, 2022

The College of Liberal Arts recognizes the work accomplished by the most recent cohort of the Faculty Development Center Fellows. The faculty members working in the Humanistic Studies, Social Sciences, Creative Endeavors, and Instructional Excellence, were offered a course release for a semester to make significant contributions to the learning, discovery, and creative mission of our university.

Due to the pandemic, an in-person celebration event was converted to a series of personal videos produced by the awardees as a summary and recognition of their work. The College of Liberal Arts is proud and honored to host them virtually here.

The following videos provide a brief introduction to the awardees' work and accomplishments.

Overall Playlist. Each video can also be watched below.

Faculty Development Center for Artistic Endeavors

Dr. Donald Platt, English Department

Topic: Eighth Book of Poetry, "Swansdown" with New Section, "Highland Rape"

Dr. Platt used his FDC-AE Award to write a new section in his book of poetry titled Swansdown, a meditation on loss and growth that combines historical and traumatic personal experiences.

Watch Dr. Platt's Video Presentation

Faculty Development Center - Humanistic Studies

Dr. Katie Brownell, History Department

Topic: "Cable Television and the Transformation of American Democracy"

Dr. Brownell challenges assumptions about the role of cable TV expansion in reshaping American politics. Her work contributes to the growing field of historical scholarship that recognizes media as central to understanding American political culture and development.

Watch Dr. Brownell's Video Presentation

Dr. Robyn Bartlett (Malo), English Department

Topic: "The Social Lives of Confession"

Dr. Bartlett's (Malo) research examines the ways confession acted culturally in Medieval England as a means to promote the common good.

Watch Dr. Bartlett's (Malo's) Video Presentation

Faculty Development Center - Social Sciences

Dr. Robert X. Browning, Political Science Department

Topic: "Measuring Specialization in the US House Through Floor Speeches"

In his study, Dr. Browning draws on the literature on norms to address the question of practical norms in Congress, including that which prescribes that congresspeople should speak about the things they are most qualified or invited to specialize in. Dr. Browning looked at the topics congresspeople spent the most time on to learn if they speak about a few or many topics.

Watch Dr. Browning's Video Presentation

Dr. Anne Marie Clark, Political Science Department

Topic: "Human Rights Defenders: Bringing Local Social Justice Under the Global Human Rights Umbrella"

Dr. Ann Marie Clark explores the political and theoretical significance of a new type of social and political role in the human rights space: The Human Rights Defender. This is a position that deals with political contestation that focuses on social justice issues that do not fit a traditional conception of human rights. Dr. Clark's work leads to a new conceptualization of human rights advocacy.

Watch Dr. Clark's Video Presentation

Faculty Development Center - Undergraduate Instructional Excellence

Dr. Kim Gallon, History Department

Topic: "The Digital History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade: A VR Experience for Undergraduates"

Dr. Kim Gallon was awarded the FDC UIE for her work on an immersive mobile and desktop VR system of Cape Coast Castle, a major slave port in the West-African country of Ghana. The system was designed to deepen student knowledge of the history of slavery, in an undergraduate digital history course taught by Dr. Gallon. She co-authored and submitted scholarly articles to peer-reviewed journals as well - and the VR application was made publicly accessible via the project website.

Watch Dr. Gallon's Video Presentation

Dr. Rosalee Clawson, Political Science Department

Topic: "Advancing Sustainability Through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE)"

Dr. Clawson works with an engineering research center, ASPIRE, whose vision is a sustainable and equitable transportation future that involves the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.  She is the director of Diversity and Culture of Inclusion for the center and works closely with the Engineering Workforce Development team.  Through curriculum development and pedagogical innovation, their goal is to develop a diverse workforce ready to engage future electrified transportation opportunities with abilities in social justice, public policy, leadership, and ethics.    

Watch Dr. Clawson's Video Presentation

Questions or concerns about the CLA FDC Awards, awardees, presentations, and/or content of this news article can be directed to the CLA Office of Research and Graduate Education at the following email: