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Seven Faculty Members Receive COVID Relief Funds to Support Research and Creative Activities

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November 15, 2022

Seven Faculty Members Receive COVID Relief Funds to Support Research and Creative Activities

Many scholars faced severe challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic such as illness, travel restrictions, interruption of sabbatical, care for children or other family members, or increased departmental duties in support of colleagues facing these challenges.

The COVID Relief Fund (CRF) was created to offer research support to faculty members whose research or scholarly and creative activities were severely and continually impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships and the Faculty Senate, and administered through the Research Council, the CRF provides one-time funding to assist faculty members in regaining their scholarly momentum.

Seven OU faculty members were awarded funding to support course buyouts, summer salary for principal investigators who are not otherwise teaching over the summer, or other research-related expenses over the course of the 2023 academic year.

The awarded proposals were selected following review by a committee appointed by the Research Council in collaboration with the Faculty Senate. The proposals were evaluated based on the significance and impact, and momentum of research and creative activity pre-COVID, the scope of the impact that the pandemic had on scholarly work, the quality of the proposed plan for funds, and the potential for recovered momentum.

The recipients are:

  • Jessica Cerezo-Rom├ín, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences
  • Hannah Chapman, Theodore Romanoff Assistant Professor of Russian Studies, Department of International and Area Studies, College of International Studies
  • Misha Klein, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tracy Hresko Pearl, professor of Law, College of Law
  • Andreana Prichard, associate professor of African history, Honors College
  • Cori Simon, assistant professor, Department of History, Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jie Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences