Where & Who We Are
Office of Sponsored Programs
Suite #25 Kepner Hall
17th Street and 8th Avenue
Phone: (970) 351-1907
FAX: (970) 351-1934
Office of Sponsored Programs
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box #143
Greeley, CO 80639
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Official business hours are from 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday.
Robert P. Houser
Assistant Vice President for Research & Executive Director of Sponsored Programs (acting)
The Office of Sponsored Programs is directed by the Assistant Vice President for Research and Executive Director of Sponsored Programs (AVPR-EDSP), who is responsible for promoting the research, scholarship, and creative works of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Northern Colorado. Through advocacy, analysis, and collaboration, the AVPR-EDSP fosters a climate of shared responsibility, compliance, and scholarly integrity; encourages disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarly activities across campus; and distributes funds to support grant writing, research, scholarly initiatives, and creative works. To accomplish these ends, the AVPR-EDSP provides administrative support to leadership for the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP); works collaboratively with leaders, faculty, and other members of Academic Affairs and the campus community; administers several incentive programs; and obtains the ongoing guidance of the Research Advisory Council. Additionally, the AVPR-EDSP oversees compliance with responsible conduct in research and works collaboratively with the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Faculty Research and Publications Board (FRPB), and university legal counsel.
Dr. Robert (Bob) Houser has served as the Acting AVPR-EDSP since September 2014. Dr. Houser comes to the Acting AVPR-EDSP position with a strong background in research, grant writing, and leadership, serving previously at UNC as the Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences (NHS), where his primary responsibilities were in faculty affairs and research development in NHS. Additionally, Dr. Houser holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UNC. Prior to coming to UNC, Dr. Houser gained valuable experience in both faculty and administrative roles at the University of Oklahoma, where he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1999 and served as Assistant Chair of the department from 2006 to 2010. Specializing in synthetic inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, he has a distinguished research record, authoring or co-authoring over 40 research publications, most of which have been collaborative works with students and postdoctoral scholars, and garnering more than $1.8 million in extramural research funding as PI or co-PI. Among his extramural support has been a highly regarded CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an NSF grant for an X-ray diffractometer with UNC co-PIs Robin Macaluso and Mike Mosher in 2014.
Dr. Houser earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Colorado State University in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology with Professor Jacqueline K. Barton from 1996 to 1999. His non-academic leadership and administrative experience includes more than four years as an active duty U.S. Army officer from 1987 to 1991.
Arlene Hansen – Associate Director
Arlene came to UNC in 1998 as Assistant Director of the UNC Research Corporation. In a previous life, Arlene studied theatre at the University of Wyoming; however, after two years in summer stock and community theater and a brief time spent in aviation safety, her career has been in grant administration. One of the most interesting assignments she has undertaken while at UNC was serving as the chair of the Animal Care & Use Committee, which helped her to develop a better understanding and appreciation for the researchers and scholars she works with every day.
Arlene's background in grant administration includes ten years at Cornell University, first in the Office of Sponsored Programs and then with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Research Office. Prior to sponsored programs administration in higher education, Arlene spent 15 years with the Arkansas Department of Local Services in the Job Training Partnership Act and Comprehensive Employment and Training Act Programs, and later with the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission in the Community and Economic Development Block Grant Program.
If you stop by Arlene’s office in Kepner Hall, you’ll see a name plate outside her door that reads, “Arlene Hansen – Employee of the Month.” It was presented to her by, then Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton.
Sherry May – Electronic Research Specialist & IRB Administrator
Sherry’s career at UNC began in 1987 as a member of the Graduate School staff. She became a full time sponsored programs employee a short time later, and has been a part of the growth and success of the university's externally funded grants enterprise since then. With over 25 years of experience in sponsored programs, Sherry works closely with faculty and staff to ensure their grant proposals are complete and meet technical requirements before she submits them via a complex array of electronic systems such as Grants.gov and NSF Fastlane. In her role as IRB Administrator, Sherry works with IRB co-chairs and board members to ensure smooth board operation, and provides guidance to researchers navigating the IRB review process. She was instrumental in launching IRBNet, the electronic protocol submission and review system that UNC adopted in August of 2012, which required updating procedures and expanding training and outreach on topics related to the review of human subjects research.
Sherry is a member of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, a national organization that promotes ethical standards in research, including the use of human subjects. She has also been a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Society of Research Administrators..
Mona Castor – Senior Budget/Post-Award Management Specialist
Mona joined UNC in the Department of Human Services in 1988. She eventually moved to the UNC Research Corporation (now OSP) and began assisting more externally funded project directors in the development and management of their awards. Currently, as the Senior Budget & Post-Award Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs, she assists the faculty and staff of UNC in proposal budget development, award negotiation, effective administration and management of externally funded grants and contracts, and subaward negotiation.
Mona works closely with Information Management and Technology and other university personnel to ensure that the Grant Insight Reporting system is responsive to project directors’ needs for reporting and project monitoring functions. Mona enjoys working with faculty and facilitating the research enterprise while also balancing a myriad of details to help the university remain in compliance with the terms and conditions of externally funded awards.
Sponsored Programs Administrator - Vacant
Valerie Glynn – Office Coordinator
Valerie joined the Office of Sponsored Programs as Office Coordinator in April 2013. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in administrative, financial and organizational areas, including five years at the UNC Research Corporation in the 1990s. In addition to her university experience, her work history includes positions at Northern Colorado Paper, JBS Carriers, Boise Cascade Corporation, and as a self-employed business owner. Valerie also continues to work as a bookkeeper for Measner Properties, a family owned business. She has an Associate Degree in administrative support from Aims Community College and is a graduate of Greeley West High School
As Office Coordinator, Valerie is responsible for a wide variety of administrative, fiscal and organizational duties. She may be contacted for questions related to the administration of ASATS travel awards, and can also answer or refer inquiries related to the many research support services offered by the Office of Sponsored Programs.