College of Communication & Education

The Office of Outreach, Research & Grants

The College of Communication and Education established the CME 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. Benefits of external funding to students majoring in Communication Arts and Sciences, Media Arts, Design, and Technology, Journalism, Liberal Studies, Education, Recreation Hospitality, and Parks Management, and Kinesiology include 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 Proposal Development
  • Budget/Fiscal Management Services
  • Project Administrative/Clerical Support Services
  • 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; Funding Agencies

CME Office of Outreach, Research, and Grants

Tehama Hall Room 401
Staff Contact Information

Staff Information Table
Kristin Lower
CME Grants Coordinatorkjlower@csuchico.edu530-898-6887
Anina BermanProject Assistantlaberman@csuchico.edu530-898-6146
Rachael BeyersGrants Senior Recruiter/Assistantrlbeyers@csuchico.edu530-898-5025
Jonni DunganProject Assistant/CPD Student Advisoryjdungan@csuchico.edu530-898-4026
Blanca EstradaProject Assistant/Recruiterbestrada6@csuchico.edu530-898-5744
Lexi KornblumProject Assistant/Recruiterlkornblum@csuchico.edu530-898-3741
Cheryl OrdoricaGrants Senior Recruitment Coordinator/Advisorcordorica@csuchico.edu530-898-3246

Current Funded Projects Supported by the CME Office of Outreach, Research, and Grants

Project Information Table

NorCal ELC (21st CSLA)

Project directors: Dr. Mike Kotar

State of California7/1/20-6/30/23


CLASS (Computational Literacy Across Secondary Settings)

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

US Department of Education, TQP10/1/19-9/30/24


TIER (Training in Interdisciplinary Education and Research)

Project directors: Rebecca Lytle and Jessika Lawrence

US Department of Education, OSEP1/1/19-1/31/24


CIELO (Community and Instruction for Expanding English Learners’ Opportunities Project)

Project Directors:  Chuck Zartman and Esther Larocco

US Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition



MOCCA-C Assessing Individual Differences in Struggling Adult Learners

Project Director: Ben Seipel

IES, US Department of Education   



Northeastern California Preparation and Retention of Indian Educators II (NorCAL PRIE II)

Project Director: Dr. Browning Neddeau

Northeastern California Preparation and Retention of Indian Educators II (NorCAL PRIE II)10/2016-9/2019$1,097,550
TRIAD II Project

Project Directors: Al Schademan and Mimi Miller
Bechtel Foundation7/2016-10/2019$900K

PRISMS:  Promoting Rural Improvement in Secondary Math and Science


Residency in Secondary Education (RISE):

Project Director:  Maggie Payne

Office of Innovation and Improvement, US Dept of Education10/1-9/2020$6.48M