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Director, Research Svcs./Sponsored Programs

Position Summary: Research Services and Sponsored Programs. This position is responsible for the leadership of the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs. Reporting to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Director leads the University’s sponsored programs administration and management, with the goal of actively and positively supporting the current and future research programs, scholarly activities, and creative endeavors of the faculty, staff, and others while at the same time assuring compliance with all relevant federal, state, University and sponsor policies and regulations. The Director also works in partnership with other University offices in support of the University’s mission to establish, maintain, and grow research partnerships with funding agencies/organizations (public and private), and businesses/corporations within the state and around the nation and world. Georgia Southern is a Tobacco Free Campus.


Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree; five or more years related work experience; effective communication (verbal and written), organization and human relations skills; ability to work well in a diverse environment; proficiency with computer and Microsoft Office Applications software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; successful completion of background investigation prior to employment.


Preferred Qualifications: Master’s Degree; seven or more years of experience in upper management/leadership of a sponsored grants and contracts office at a major university (specifically in pre-and post-award sponsored programs administration). Active affiliation with sponsored research professional organizations.

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Georgia Southern graduate selected as Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow

MartinDaRon Martin (‘13), a Georgia Southern biology graduate from McDonough, Georgia, is among the first 36 recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship in Georgia.

The Fellowship is a highly competitive program which recruits both recent graduates and career-changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math — the STEM fields — and prepares them to teach in high-need secondary schools. As part of the program, Martin will receive $30,000 to complete a specially-designed master’s degree program based on a year-long classroom experience and in return, he will commit to teach for three years in the urban and rural schools in Georgia most in need of STEM teachers.

While Martin says that he is excited about his selection for this Fellowship, he admits that teaching wasn’t part of his original plan for his life. After working with a range of children in need, however, he said the opportunity seemed like a natural fit.

“I have done a lot of volunteer work in underserved, and high-need communities,” he said. “I’ve noticed that apart from systemic issues, many times the kids lack someone to motivate and encourage them. It’s amazing the difference that it makes in a kid’s life, when they know that there is someone in their corner pulling for them and telling them that they can be whatever they want to be.

“I had teachers and instructors to do that for me, and I in turn would like to do that for them.”

On Tuesday, June 23, Martin and the other fellows joined Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Fellowship officials in a special ceremony at the State Capitol in Atlanta. There, Deal underscored the importance of the program and the students it will send into the classroom.

“Our schools are our most strategic investment in the future,” said Deal. “I’m confident these educators share my belief that every child can learn and should have access to an education that prepares them for college, the workforce and beyond. The inaugural class of Georgia Teaching Fellows will gain the training necessary to serve as a lifeline for students to a high-quality education, and I’m grateful to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for its investment in our state’s students.”

For Martin, too, it’s about investment, and he hopes his background will help him bring a variety of experiences into the classroom. In the meantime, he says he’s excited to learn to be a teacher. As for the future, Martin says he hopes to continue teaching beyond the classroom, not only trying to address students intellectual needs, but also to help them in their physical needs as well.

“Of course [I want] to become a successful teacher, but I am also interested preventative health care,” he said. “Things like exercise, nutrition, screenings etc. I would like to do some community work that sheds light and urges these things in urban communities.”

Georgia Southern professor brings national attention to dangerous new drug trend

A Georgia Southern professor is bringing national media attention to a dangerous new drug trend called “dabbing.”

Bryan Miller, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice and criminology, is the co-author of the recent article, “Assessing the Dangers of ‘Dabbing’: Mere Marijuana or Harmful New Trend?” which was recently featured in the magazine Pediatrics. He says the article is not only a way to educate the public about this disturbing trend, but also calls for extensive research since so little is known about its short-term and long-term effects.

“We’ve seen a lot of headlines calling it the ‘crack’ of marijuana,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s necessarily a fair characteristic. I think there are inherent dangers associated with it that need to be assessed more so than flower cannabis, but we need to better understand who’s using it, how they’re using it and how to reduce those kinds of harms with both manufacturing and consuming this new form of marijuana.”

According to the article, dabbing is essentially the inhalation of a concentrated form of tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. This concentrated substance is called butane hash oil (BHO), a gooey, amber-colored, highly potent substance that can reach THC concentrations of almost 80 percent.

In order to inhale one of these “dabs” of BHO, users procure a special kind of “male” water bong called an “oil rig” with a titanium rod called a “nail.” Using a blowtorch, they heat the nail to temperatures greater than 700 degrees, drop the dab on the nail and then inhale the dab as it instantly vaporizes. Miller says users have compared dabbing to smoking several marijuana cigarettes in one breath, and it’s almost impossible to say how much THC a user will inhale with each dab, depending on size, purity and concentration.

“Although there haven’t been cases of overdosing, people can faint, people can fall — all kinds of negative consequences associated with consuming that much THC that rapidly,” Miller said. “Plus, we don’t know about the short-term/long-term effects.”

In addition to the high THC levels consumed in dabbing, Miller says an even greater cause for concern is the home manufacturing of BHO, known as “blasting.” The process involves taking dried marijuana plants and placing them in a tube with butane to extract the THC.

Because butane is such a volatile substance, however, several states have reported blasting-related fires and explosions comparable to those of a meth lab. Initially, the states reporting these kinds of accidents were confined to medical and retail marijuana states like Washington, Colorado and California, where BHO fires killed more than 30 people in 2014. Now, however, similar fires are being reported in prohibition states such as North Carolina and most recently in Florida.

Miller also says he has anecdotal evidence to suggest that the trend has already made its way into Statesboro as well.

Since the article ran in the July issue, local media outlets throughout the nation as well as national media outlets such as NBC News have brought attention to dabbing and its dangers. And while the Georgia Southern professor feels some of the media attention has been sensational, he hopes it will garner the attention of the research community.

“There’s a lot of research to do on this,” he said. “We’ve started collecting some of the data available, but there’s a lot of research that needs to be done.”

Georgia Southern Announces Partnership

Georgia Southern University and the Ocean Exchange will hold a signing ceremony to commemorate forming a partnership for the new BIG Pitch Competition. The signing ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. at City Campus located at 58 East Main Street in downtown Statesboro. Georgia Southern University President Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D. and Ocean Exchange CEO Millicent Pitts will be signing the partnership agreement for the event. With students from around the world competing for the $10,000 prize, the BIG Pitch Competition is already positioned to be among the largest in the southeastern United States.

“Since its founding, the Ocean Exchange has done a remarkable job in supporting global entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Dominique Halaby, DPA, director of the Business Innovation Group (BIG). “Georgia Southern University is excited to partner with such a well-respected and wide-reaching organization.”

BIG already includes the Area Small Business Development Center, Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership, and Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development. With the recent additions of the Digital Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) and Innovation Incubator and the BIG Pitch Competition, Georgia Southern University continues to elevate its entrepreneurship profile.

The BIG Pitch Competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students with faculty advisors from around the world. The contest focuses on solutions in sciences, engineering and technology to help sustainability.

Ocean Exchange, founded in 2010, advocates for collaboration across industries, while protecting the intellectual property of the innovator. Ocean Exchange’s worldwide network uses its influences to elevate awareness, motivate and accelerate the adoption of the solutions around the globe. This year’s theme is “Translating Sustainability into Value.” Judges will be looking for ideas that focus on energy; ocean, land, and air resources; supply chains; and technologies that support sustainability.

The Ocean Exchange also partners with Gulfstream Aerospace and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) which offer $100,000 each in prize money for the competition. The Gulfstream Navigator Award is given to the solution that best fits the theme with applicability across multiple industries generating positive impact on the environment, economies or health. The WWL Orcelle Award is given to the solution that makes shipping and logistics more sustainable by advancing zero-emission, marine and/or land-based technologies that are commercially viable.

Georgia Southern is now partnering with the Ocean Exchange and seeking a sponsor to name the University Innovator Award for the winners of the BIG Pitch Competition. The University Innovators Award will go to a team that shows excellence in teamwork, underlying business acumen and a possibility to have the team turned into a start-up company in the future. Finalists will be invited to present at Ocean Exchange in Savannah at the World Trade Center on Oct. 11–13, 2015.

For more information on the BIG Pitch Competition, the Ocean Exchange or Georgia Southern University entrepreneurship programs, please contact Millicent Pitts, CEO of Ocean Exchange at(912) 257-0209 or or Halaby at (912) 478-2733

The Business Innovation Group is the business outreach arm of the Georgia Southern University College of Business. The focus of BIG is to provide students and entrepreneurs with the skills and training necessary to understand business principles, to experience how businesses operate and to successfully launch new business enterprises.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.

Georgia Southern named one of 25 Best Online Master in Sport Management



Georgia Southern University offers a Master of Science in Sport Management online degree program through its College of Health and Human Services. The MS in Sport Management degree program prepares graduates for careers with professional sports teams, sport marketing or advertising, state sports commissions, or sport facilities and event management.


The 36-credit-hour online Master in Sport Management degree program includes the following courses:

  • Social & Ethical Issues of Sport & Leisure
  • Sport Marketing
  • Management of Personnel in Sport
  • Sport Sponsorship
  • Revenue Generation in Sport
  • Current Trends in Sport Administration
  • Research and Analysis in Sport

Students can earn their degree in two years.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools provides accreditation to Georgia Southern University.

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