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March 2015

In this issue:

  • Grants Office Update
  • Maine Campus Compact Receives $168K Grant from the Davis Educational Foundation
  • Anita Charles Wins Fulbright Scholar Award to Teach in India

Grants Office Update

When Philip Walsh announced that he would be joining Maine Initiatives, Inc. as their new Executive Director, Bates lost a strategic thinker and talented professional, a loss that is felt beyond the grants office. In four years at Bates, Phil had created and staffed the Office for External Grants (OEG), which has overseen an increase in the volume of external support for faculty research and institution-wide initiatives at the College.

At the same time, it presented the College with an opportunity to reconfigure how it supports grant-seeking efforts. Effective the beginning of March, Joseph Tomaras, formerly the Associate Director of OEG, became the new Director of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPaRC), reporting to the Dean of the Faculty. SPaRC serves as Bates College’s authorized organizational representative when applying to or negotiating with government (Federal, State, local) agencies to obtain grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements in support of Faculty research and other sponsored projects. SPaRC also works with faculty to secure research and sponsored program support from colleges and universities, hospitals, foundations, corporations and other private entities, and coordinates the College’s compliance with Federal and State regulations governing research.

A search is presently underway for a new Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, within the Office of College Advancement, who will be responsible for securing and stewarding private, institutional support for major objectives of the College as a whole. In the interim, Joseph is managing this portion of Bates’ grants portfolio as well. Though the new Director of FCR and the Director of SPaRC will be reporting to different Vice Presidents, they will work together as a team to move Bates College forward by expanding both the amount and the number of sources of external support.

Though OEG as a single office is no more, the website at will remain the central repository for information about external grant seeking at Bates, and will in the coming weeks be revised to present useful information more comprehensively for the benefit of grant-seekers. Please feel free to contact Joseph at with any questions or recommendations.


Maine Campus Compact Receives $168K Grant for Campuses for Environmental Sustainability

The Maine Campus Compact, a coalition of 17 member colleges and universities whose administrative office is hosted by Bates College, has received a grant of $168,000 over two years from the Davis Educational Foundation to support the Campuses for Environmental Sustainability project. More than 70 faculty members working in multi-disciplinary teams from 18 campuses across four New England states will learn how to embed environmental service-learning components into a course of any discipline. Selected campuses, to be announced in April 2015, will deliver a minimum of four related service-learning courses. Teams will receive training in service-learning pedagogy and apply this interdisciplinary model to create community partnerships and address critical environmental stewardship challenges. Campus proposals are due April 13th. For more information, please visit the CES program page at

Anita Charles Wins Fulbright Scholar Teaching Award for India

Dr. Anita Charles, Lecturer in the Education Department and Director of Bates’ Teacher Education program, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Teaching Award in India. During her upcoming sabbatical in Winter 2016, Anita will be teaching courses in education, child development, and language acquisition at Lady Shri Ram College for Women in New Delhi. Through first-hand experience of the similarities and differences in teacher training between the United States and India, she expects to be able to add cross-cultural depth to her understanding of literacy and special education, potentially laying the groundwork for future collaborative efforts.

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