Linda Searby

Research Spotlight: Linda Searby

Linda SearbyQ & A with Linda Searby, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

What basic questions does your research seek to answer?

I have two different lines of research. One is on the mentoring mindset of the protégé in a mentoring relationship.  In earlier research with new principals and their mentors, I answered the question, “What constitutes a mentoring mindset of a protégé who is poised to gain the most benefit from a mentoring relationship?” My other line of research is on the assistant principalship.  I am seeking to answer the questions, “What are the experiences of assistant principals as instructional leaders and how have they been prepared for this role?”

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Grants Training in Gainesville

The City of Gainesville and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Gainesville, February 26 – 27, 2018.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county, and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges, and universities are encouraged to attend.

This workshop will cover how to write grant proposals from start to finish and how to locate and track relevant grant opportunities. Seating is limited; online reservations are necessary.

To register and for more information, see the Grant Writing USA website.

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Applications Invited for the Meta-Analysis Training Institute

The Meta-Analysis Training Institute is accepting applications for its upcoming session on state-of-the-art advanced meta-analytic methods. This training is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Research (NCER).

Dates: August 5–11, 2018
Location: Loyola University Water Tower Campus, Chicago, IL
Application due date: Monday, March 12, 2018

Workshop details and application submission materials are available on the Meta-Analysis Training Institute website.

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Save the Date: Spring 2018 NSF Grants Conference

The Spring 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will take place on June 4 – 5, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.

Registration will open on Thursday, March 15 at 12:00 PM EST.

NSF anticipates the conference will reach capacity very quickly and encourages you to register as soon as it opens.

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Application Information for the Summer Research Training Institute: Cluster-Randomized Trials

Northwestern University, with a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Research (NCER), is accepting applications for its 10th Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials (CRT).

Dates: July 30 – August 9, 2018
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Application due date:  Friday, March 30, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Applicant notification date:  Monday, April 30, 2018, via e-mail.

Workshop details and submission materials are available on the Northwestern University Cluster-Randomized Trials Workshop website.

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Spring UFIT Training Schedule Announced

The spring 2018 UFIT Training calendar includes online training, webinars, and face-to-face workshops. Training locations, times, prerequisites, and registration links are available on Technology training with UFIT is always free. Among the classes offered this semester are as follows:

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Updated Options for Research Computing Storage

UFIT Research Computing recently updated its storage offerings. The UF prices, which are subsidized, have not changed. The new storage option ($25/TB/year) is called the “orange” option, while the existing /ufrc storage is now the “blue” option. The options support different use cases, summarized at Help > Getting Started > Storage.

Replicated storage is no longer a service offering, though storage of older (historical) versions of files is available. This can be provided with the tape backup option described at About > Policies > Storage > Data Protection. Development of a disk-based backup option is also underway.

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Budgeting Resource Available: Percent Effort to Person Months Calculator

The UF Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) has posted a resource on its website to assist in the conversion from percent effort to person months. Please use this Excel-based calculator to assist in effort commitment entry into UFIRST, as well as on proposal budgets, and any other effort commitment conversion needs.

You may find this calculator on the DSP website under the Budgeting/Salaries & Wages section, approximately half way down the page:  Read more

Awarded Projects for January 2018

Congratulations to Donald Pemberton for his award from Lauren’s Kids; and Philip Poekert for his awards from Children First Professional Development Center and the Children’s Forum.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.
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Submitted Projects for January 2018

Best wishes to Pasha Antonenko for his proposal to the National Science Foundation; Pasha Antonenko, Benjamin Lok, Ellen Davis, and Andreas Keil for their proposal to the UF Opportunity Fund; Christopher Busey for his proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Maria Coady for her proposal to the National Science Foundation; Nicholas Gage, Ashley MacSuga-Gage, and Kristy Boyer for their proposal to the UF Opportunity Fund; Anne Corinne Huggins-Manley, Walter Leite, and James Algina for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Philip Poekert and Donald Pemberton for their proposal to the UF Foundation, Vinik Family Foundation Flow Through; Philip Poekert for his proposal to the Early Learning Coalition Miami-Dade/Monroe; Melissa Ralston and Lindsay Thompson for their proposal to the UF Opportunity Fund; and David Therriault and Elliot Douglas for their proposal to the National Science Foundation.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.
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COE Accomplishments in 2017

Welcome Back! We want to congratulate the COE faculty for their accomplishments in 2017 and look forward to continued success in 2018. We are constantly looking for opportunities for external funding to share. Please contact us. We are here to help!

Listed below are some noteworthy statistics from the 2016 fiscal year:

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COE Research Event: 2018 Corporate & Foundation Relations Workshop

The COE Office of Educational Research (OER) cordially invites you to attend the 2018 Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR) Workshop jointly sponsored by OER, COE Development Office, and the UF Foundation (UFF). The workshop will focus on funding opportunities from corporations and private foundations in the state of Florida and beyond.

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 11am – 1pm

Where: 158 Dean’s Conference Room, Old Norman Hall

Lunch will be provided!

Please RSVP using the following link:

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UF Provides Courtesy Summaries of Research Training

The Office of Research, Enterprise Systems, and Training & Organizational Development are pleased to announce a new service for UF researchers: courtesy transcripts of research-related trainings.

Anyone with active research training in the system will receive an email that lists (a) research trainings and (b) when they expire. This is a courtesy transcript and there is nothing that recipients must do. These courtesy transcripts will be sent in the middle of every December and June starting in December 2017.

The courtesy transcript was developed because many researchers expressed frustration related to renewing their research-related training. Some of the issues that the courtesy transcript will resolve include the following:

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NSF Proposal Preparation and Submission in Begins in April

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has been involved in a multi-year initiative to modernize the proposal submission process and transition from using FastLane to Beginning in April 2018, proposers can choose to prepare and submit non-collaborative research proposals in FastLane or Collaborative proposals must still be submitted in FastLane.

As always, the COE Office of Educational Research (OER) will be available to assist with uploads or any questions you may have concerning the eventual transition of all proposal preparation and submission functionality from FastLane to

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