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Office of Research Programs

Led by the VP of Research, the Office of Research Programs (ORP) seeks to stimulate, facilitate and highlight research at ESF, and strives to make research opportunities at the College as broad and achievable as possible. We are the central resource for the initiation, funding and management of all ESF research activity.

Research Resources

For needs and functions in the Office of Research Programs, please contact the following Staff:

IRB Specific Questions

  • ESF researchers working with human subjects apply and receive approval through Syracuse University's Institutional Review Board (IRB), which provides oversight, administrative support, and educational training for investigators and research staff to help ensure that ESF's research complies with Federal and State regulations, and the highest ethical standards.
  • For more information, Syracuse University Human Research
  • For remaining questions, email Dr. Theresa Selfa at 


Staff Directory

Vice President for Research


John C. Stella, Ph.D
VP for Research and Campus Operations Manager
200 Bray Hall

As Vice President for Research, Dr. John C. Stella provides leadership, coordination and support for College-wide research programs through the initiation, development and implementation of research management, administrative and financial/budgetary strategies. Research-oriented Center, Institutes, Councils and Consortia report to the Vice President, who works closely with the Provost in support of these entities. The Vice President works synergistically with the ESF administration and with counterparts at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University, the business community and other college partners to develop research opportunities and new initiatives.

Staff and Responsibilities

Name Role Email Phone Number
 Kate Edwards Interim Director of Sponsored Programs, Director of Sponsored Programs and Research Finance, RF Deputy Operations Manager  315-470-6606
 Tiffany Fleming Director of Research Development   315-470-6610
 Lisa Schwabenbauer Director of Sponsored Programs  315-470-4877 
 Fiona McKinney Sponsored Programs Associate II  315-470-6606 
 Tammy Baker Sponsored Programs Associate I  315-470-6606 
 Ryan T. Gillett Sponsored Programs Associate I  315-470-4873/6606 
 Sean C. Nicholson Sponsored Programs Associate I  315-470-4730/6606
 Steve Ewin Sponsored Programs Assistant I   315-470-6607/6606
 Lauren Van Derzee Sponsored Programs Assistant I   315-470-6606
 Anne R. Knapp Administrative Staff Assistant II  315-470-6682/6606 
Rebecca McClain Accountant II  315-470-6608
Isaac Liptak Administrative Staff Assistant I  315-565-3009/4739
Patricia Henson Senior Clerical Specialist  315-470-4739
Emily O'Brien Administrative Staff Assistant I  315-470-6707
 Erica Ward  Senior Administrative Assistant   315-470-4950/6606