As the Institutional Grants Coordinator, Jacque Ewing-Taylor brings together interdisciplinary research teams to respond to high-profile grant Requests For Proposal (RFPs) and coordinates the support for proposal review.
The University values interdisciplinary research as a means to broaden innovative advancements in science and technology. The emphasis on building integrated research partnerships is gaining momentum nationally as large granting agencies focus on rewarding interdisciplinary teamwork. Ewing-Taylor is an important resource in this endeavor to expand faculty collaboration and increase cooperation among colleges.
Along with her experience in aligning researchers with complementary skills for specific projects, Ewing-Taylor verifies that completed proposals are in full compliance with the request, as well as institutional and governmental requirements, reviews budgets and forms proposal review groups. The review groups act as mock panels and consist of senior faculty members with grant writing experience and technical expertise in the areas of the proposed research.
Ewing-Taylor also holds the position of associate director of the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education. The Raggio Center is focused on the educational aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) such as professional development for educators and improving instruction for students.
Ewing-Taylor has lead the grant writing process for every proposal that has funded the center for the past 13 years and manages six current grants and a budget of approximately $7 million.
A major function of the center is supporting the evaluation portion of the grant process and this correlates to Ewing-Taylor’s primary research interest—studying professional development strategies that best increase teacher effectiveness. Ewing-Taylor points out that, “kids are natural scientists” and she is focused on finding the best ways to develop those tendencies.
Ewing-Taylor completed her education at the University of Nevada, Reno. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech communication, and her doctorate through the Department of Educational Leadership with an emphasis on program evaluation. She is the vice chair of the Public Employees’ Benefits Program (PEBP) Board of Directors and was appointed to the Board by the Governor in 2002.