Dr. Kimberly P. Littlefield has been named the new assistant vice president for research development and learning in the University of South Alabama’s Office of Research and Economic Development.
Littlefield will begin her job at USA on Aug. 26.
In December 2012, the former Sponsored Programs office was combined with the Grants and Contracts Administration Office to form the Sponsored Projects Administration Office. The change integrated the pre- and post-award functions under the leadership of Gina Hedberg as director.
As assistant vice president, Littlefield will provide direct assistance to faculty in identifying opportunities for funding, assisting with the development of large and/or interdisciplinary proposals, and promoting collaborations across the University campus and externally. Littlefield will work with faculty members in their search for funding. She will also help to develop a campus-wide learning program for departmental research administrators.
Littlefield comes to USA from the University of Washington where she served as both co-director of the Complex Proposals Management Group and as the Sponsored Programs Complex Grants Administrator. When a program became extremely large, or had complicated administrative requirements, Littlefield took responsibility for oversight in the Sponsored Programs Office. Previously, she was managing director for the National Institute of General Medical Science-funded Center for Cell Dynamics (P50) at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratory. She also served as post-doctoral fellow and research associate at the Scripps Research Institute, San Diego State University and the University of Vermont.
Littlefield received her doctorate in physiology and biophysics at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Littlefield’s office will be in the Office of Research, Suite 200, in the Administration Building.