Office of Research & Scholarship and PhD Program Staff Resources
The Office of Nursing Research, Scholarship, and PhD Studies is comprised of a service-oriented experienced and dedicated team of professionals who provide comprehensive support for the development of grant applications, the management of projects, and assist in the dissemination of results. Services for faculty include: budget advising and development; statistical and editorial support; proposal development and submission management; proposal review; assistance with IRB; and post award management. As a research-focused degree, the PhD program is an integral part of the Office.
Safiya George, PhD, MSN
Dean & Professor, and Interim Associate Dean of Nursing Research, Scholarship, and PhD Studies
- Sustains research infrastructure to support faculty, students, and staff
- Facilitates research mentorship
- Promotes faculty and student scholarship
- Enhances College research focus through planned scholarly activities
- Reaches across disciplines/colleges to collaborate
- Creates an inclusive welcoming environment to optimize the ability of scholars to do their best work
Dr. Safiya George is the current Dean of the College of Nursing, and is also presently serving as the Interim Associate Dean for Nursing Research and Scholarship. Her research primarily focuses on promoting the health and holistic wellbeing of individuals with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. She has received numerous honors and recognitions for her work in areas of holistic health, spirituality, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. George has held many leadership positions including serving on the Board of Directors for Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing.
Alice Miehl, PhD
Director of Research, Scholarship, and Sponsored Programs
Alice Espinosa Miehl holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working for a brief period as an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY-Fredonia, Dr. Miehl transitioned to the field of proposal development. She has extensive experience in assisting university investigators craft well-written, cogently-argued grant proposals. She has edited approximately 180 grant proposals and delivered 25 workshops. In her current role, she is responsible for all activities related to advancing proposal writing and grant development, as well as researching and securing grant funding for the College. Previously she worked as a Research Development Analyst in the Office of Research Development, FAU Division of Research. In that role she supported three colleges/units by identifying funding sources for research and editing proposals; she also managed limited submissions.
David Newman, PhD
Associate Professor, Statistician
- Provides statistical consultation and support for faculty research projects, proposals
- Provides consultation and support in research design and methods
Dr. Newman, an Assistant Professor, received his PhD in Education, specializing in policy evaluation from Cleveland State University. He is the statistician for multiple federally funded grants with agencies like NIH, PCORI, and HRSA. He works with investigators in conceptualizing, building and maintaining databases that allowed for formative and summative evaluations. These databases are often constructed with data from multiple sites and from multiple local and federal agencies. He is an expert in a number of statistical analyses such as multiple linear regression, logistic regression, ANOVA, hierarchical linear modeling, individual growth curves, path analysis and confirmatory factor analysis. These techniques allow one to accurately create statistical models. Dr. Newman specializes in research design (e.g., quantitative and mixed method) and methods including management and manipulation of large database.
Kyle Bryan, MBA
Associate Director, Research Services and Programs
- Management, oversight, reporting, and coordination of all extramural grants within the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (CEL CON)
- Budget monitoring across all CEL CON grant activities
- Oversight for submission of all CEL CON grant applications and contracts as related to research, program, and center awards
- Ensure all financial and budgetary records are in compliance
- Manages post-award grant expenditures and reporting activities
Before joining the Office of Nursing Research & Scholarship in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Mr. Bryan held the position of Senior Manager within the Office of Research Administration at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has earned his MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Finance from FAU. Working in research administration since 2004, he developed expertise in grants administration (e.g., preparing proposal budgets and forms, coordinating internal institutional approvals, using electronic grant application submission systems, facilitating research agreements) which allows him to assist Nursing Faculty in all of their research-related activities. Staying fit and healthy is important to Mr. Bryan; he coaches CrossFit, enjoys distance running, golf, surfing, and playing softball.
Gerardo Guzman, M.Ed.
Nursing PhD/MSN Advisor
Mr. Guzman advises PhD students in the College of Nursing; he also advises Master’s students in the Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership, Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Leader concentrations.
For more information about these programs, please consult the Nursing PhD website and Master’s program concentrations (Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership, Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Leader) websites.
Assistant Director, Research Services and Programs
- Assists with IRB application process
- Reviews application templates for formatting
- Coordinates preparation and electronic submission of grant applications
- Copy edits final manuscript drafts as time permits
- Maintains bibliography of Faculty scholarship (peer-reviewed publications and presentations)
- Note: 3 days per week in ONRS; 2 days (40%) per week in Archives of Caring in Nursing
Ms. Bennett holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science and a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications, both from Texas Woman’s University. Her previous experience includes working as a librarian in a variety of settings including news, elementary education, and community college. She also worked as a grant writer for a local nonprofit organization and is a certified grant proposal writer. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and continually learning.
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