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Meet Our RA Team

Research at New College

New College’s Research Advancement Services Team provides information and assistance to help our faculty members find funding, apply for grants, and administratively manage their sponsored projects.

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Sherry Boyd-Grossman
Research Advancement Administrator

Sherry serves as Research Advancement Administrator Senior for the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Sherry focuses largely on post-award processes, assisting faculty and staff in support of the research effort and reporting requirements.  Sherry works to ensure that research expenditures are in compliance with sponsor and ASU guidelines, and that grants are progressing in a timely manner.  Along with Carissa Moore, she also supports the development and submission of sponsored projects throughout the pre-award stage. Sherry earned her BS in Accountancy from ASU and is currently pursuing her MS Psychology from New College, with a focus in resilience and industrial & organizational applications.

  Phone: 602 543 6080

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Eric Swank
Associate Director of NCUIRE

Dr. Eric Swank serves as the associate director of NCUIRE. He teaches research classes in   Social & Cultural Analysis and brings expertise in designing, managing and evaluating undergraduate research experiences. He writes on issues of sexual prejudice and political activism, loves talking research with students, and has published over ten peer-reviewed articles with undergraduate students.

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Carissa Moore
Research Advancement Administrator

Carissa serves as a Research Advancement Administrator for New College. Working closely with faculty and staff in coordination with ORSPA, she supports the development and submission of sponsored projects throughout the pre-award stage. She provides strategic support to and serves as a liaison between principal investigators and the ASU Office for Research and Sponsored Projects Administration (ORSPA) and ASU Foundation.  Carissa earned her BA in Social and Behavioral Science from ASU.


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Lara Ferry
Senior Associate Dean

Dr. Ferry is the Senior Associate Dean of the Knowledge Enterprise in the New College and is specifically tasked with managing research and strategic initiatives.  In this capacity she works with New College faculty and administration to move forward strategic research, programmatic, or community-facing initiatives and advance research and external funding within New College. She is also the New College liaison with ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise Development (KED), Arizona State University Research Enterprise (ASURE), and the Entrepreneurship + Innovation Hub at ASU Skysong.


Our expertise includes

  1. Locating funding Interpreting sponsor guidelines
  2. Developing proposal budgets and various other proposal component
  3. Reviewing proposals for sponsor compliance
  4. Completing institutional forms and obtaining institutional approvals
  5. Coordinating account activations and account closeouts with ASU’s sponsored projects office
  6. Projecting budgets and facilitating budget revisions
  7. Assisting with annual and final reports, and arranging no-cost extensions
  8. Providing general guidance and resource support for sponsored activities