College of Communication & Education

Office of Outreach, Research, & Grants

The College of Communication and Education established the Office of Outreach, Research, and Grants (ORG) in 2011 to provide support to CME administrators and faculty interested in seeking external grant and contract funding opportunities. The CME ORG office is dedicated to serving faculty and students of California State University, Chico and specifically the College of Communication and Education faculty in their efforts to provide quality education and training experiences for students and professional development opportunities for teachers in partner K-12 schools. Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders; Communication Studies; Journalism; Kinesiology; Liberal Studies; Media Arts, Design, and Technology; Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management; and the School of Education have benefitted from financial support in the form of stipends, experiential field opportunities, and cohorted training programs. The ORG office also provides support and project administration services upon funding award. 

Available support and services provided include:

  • Proposal research and development
  • Budget/fiscal management
  • Project administrative and clerical support
  • Coordination of funded projects
  • Sub-contract and independent contractor agreement development
  • Data collection and management
  • Performance reporting assistance
  • Project liaison services: campus departments, K-12 schools, community agencies, foundations, and funding agencies

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Staff of Outreach, Research, and Grants (ORG)

Tehama Hall 401

Staff contact information
Kristin Lower
CME Grants 898-6887
Anina BermanGrants Specialist 898-6146
Rachael BeyersGrants Specialist 898-5025
Jonni DunganGrants Specialist 898-4026
Blanca EstradaGrants Specialist 898-5744
Lexi KornblumGrants Specialist 898-3741
Cheryl OrdoricaGrants Specialist 898-3246

Currently funded projects supported by Outreach, Research, and Grants (ORG)

Project information table

BRILLA (Biliteracy as a Resource:  Investing in Literacy Across Languages for All)

Project director:  Dr. Charles Zartman

US Department of Education, OELA



CLASS (Computational Literacy Across Secondary Settings)

Project directors: Dr. Jennifer Oloff-Lewis and Dr. Jamie Linn Gunderson

US Department of Education, TQP10/1/19 - 12/31/24$5,866,208

CTEPP (Center for Transformational Educator Preparation Programs)

Project directors:  Dr. Erin Whitney, Nora McKay

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/ CSU Chancellor's Office7/1/22-6/30/24


21st Century California School Leadership Academy:  NorCal ELC (Educational Leadership Consortium)

Project director: Dr. Mike Kotar

State of California7/1/22-6/30/25


Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI)

Project Director:  Dr. Jennifer Oloff-Lewis

CSU Chancellor's Office7/1/21-6/30/24


NorCal Great Teacher Pipeline SEED Grant (Supporting Effective Educator Development)

Project director:  Dr. Ben Seipel

US Department of Education



ADAPTED (Accessing Developmentally Appropriate Physical Activity Training and Education in Disability)

Project directors: Drs. Blagrave and Case

US Department of Education, OSEP1/1/24-12/31/28