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Beth 2023

Beth Hodges

2019 Westcott North Annex
(850) 644-2257  |

MSW, Social Work, Florida State University
BS/BSW, Psychology & Social Work, Florida State University

As Director of the Research Development team in Florida State University Office of Research, Beth is responsible for the overall activities conducted by the office. Beth joined the FSU Office of Research in 1997, after serving for several years as a US Congressional staff member. Beth was brought on to assist with federal activities, and, as priorities changed, became increasingly more involved in faculty services.  Meeting and working with faculty to aid them with funding identification and bringing groups together to discuss research interests, she laid the groundwork for what was soon to be a research development effort by the Vice President for Research.  In 2013, Beth was tapped to become the director of Research Development.  Since its inception until now, RD has worked with hundreds of faculty to support their efforts to secure extramural research funding and initiate and nurture critical partnerships throughout the institutional research enterprise.

Rachel Goff Albritton RD

Rachel Goff-Albritton
Assistant Director

2020 Westcott North Annex
(850) 644-3044  |

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PhD, Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of South Florida
MS, Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
BA, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Florida State University

Dr. Rachel Goff-Albritton serves as the Assistant Director of Research Advancement and Mentoring on the Florida State University Research Development team and leads the FSU Research Mentor Academy. 

Rachel supports strategic research advancement at FSU by collaborating with institutional leadership to identify FSU research priorities (strengths and opportunities). Additionally, she works primarily with early-career faculty, providing valuable resources to help faculty with individualized research development strategy. Rachel helps faculty across all career-levels navigate research services and contacts across campus and through external partnerships.  She works with colleagues from state-wide and national research development associations and agencies to develop resources and best practices to assist FSU researchers. Rachel earned a doctoral degree from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and her Bachelors of Arts at Florida State University, in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Rachel also worked clinically as a speech-language pathologist for eleven years, providing rehabilitation and educational resources to individuals with aphasia, a language disorder acquired after a stroke or brain injury. She continues to support aphasia research. Rachel has a passion for laying a foundation for sustainable research growth at FSU. 

Grace Adkison Sep2022

Grace Adkison
Program Manager: FSU Council on Research and Creativity

2020 Westcott North Annex
(850) 645-5751  |

BS, Interior Design, Florida State University

Grace Adkison serves as the Council on Research and Creativity Program Manager, and has been with the RD team since July 2016. As the CRC Program Manager, Grace is responsible for facilitating meetings of the Council, and assists them by educating faculty and staff on the research funding programs provided by the CRC. She also provides administrative oversight to awardees of these programs. Grace is your “go-to” person for all things CRC, be it submissions, revisions, no cost extensions, or any other issue or question you may have.  

Evangeline Coker Sep2022

Evangeline Ciupek
Research Development Coordinator
Social Sciences Funding Specialist

2025 Westcott North Annex
850-645-9306  |

MA, Theatre Studies, Florida State University
BA, English, Minor in Writing, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

As Research Development Coordinator for Social Sciences Evangeline Ciupek uses her skills in writing, management, and directing to help strengthen FSU’s research portfolio. Evangeline supports the FSU research community by providing strategic guidance on identifying and securing funding, consulting on grant proposal development,  and advising on multimedia content to help tell FSU’s research story. Evangeline also leads FSU's Broader Impacts Team, which has been inducted as part of the NSF-supported ARIS-ORIC Cohort for Enhancing Organizational Research Impact Capacity for '23-'24.

Evangeline has been connected to the local Tallahassee community for over a decade. Prior to joining FSU’s Office of Research, she ran a 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts company, where she coordinated volunteers and collaborated closely with other community organizations. She has worked at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) as an instructor, writing center editor, and theatre director for TCC’s main stage shows. She has served as an organizer for the FAMU-FSU Gulf Scholars Programs’ annual community-engagement event Focus on the Gulf, and she leads the Incubator stage of Collaborative Collision @FSU, which includes partnership and science communication fundamentals in a team-science based program.

Evangeline has presented research papers as well as creative works at multiple conferences, including Sigma Tau Delta, the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), Rocky Mountain MLA, and Performance Studies international (PSi). Four of her original plays have been performed in community theatres across Florida.

Carolyn Bradley Aug2022

Carolyn Bradley
Research Development Coordinator
Arts and Humanities Funding Specialist

2023 Westcott North Annex
850-644-7730  |

PhD, MA, English, University of Florida
BA, English, Vassar College

Carolyn Bradley serves as a Research Development Coordinator and the Arts and Humanities Funding Specialist on the Research Development team at Florida State University. Her responsibilities include facilitating limited submissions, promoting funding opportunities,  and coordinating mock review sessions.  She has a particular emphasis on growing grants and creative activity in the Arts and Humanities.  She is passionate about research, and is driven to help FSU faculty members make their research dreams a reality.

Prior to coming to FSU, Carolyn worked as a staff member for the University of Florida’s Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) Center. She earned a PhD and Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Florida, and a BA in English from Vassar College. She loves to travel, and spent two years teaching English in southern Spain after college, and also studied abroad in Florence, Italy as an undergraduate. In her free time, she can be found reading fiction and poetry, taking long walks, and playing with her family’s cuddly puppy, Layla.

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Nicole Fearnbach Viverito
Research Development Coordinator
Health and Life Sciences Funding Specialist

2021 Westcott North Annex
850-645-0797  |

Postdoc, Obesity Research, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
PhD, Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
BS, Exercise Science, Florida State University

Dr. Nicole Fearnbach Viverito specializes in research development for the Health and Life Sciences, with an emphasis on increasing competitiveness of grant proposals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other health-oriented funding agencies. In this regard, she coordinates the NIH Mock Review Panel Program and supports collaborative initiatives for FSU Health. She also leads communication and outreach efforts through our social media profiles and the quarterly Research Development Digest.

Prior to joining the Research Development team, Nicole was an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Sciences Division at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She received postdoctoral training in clinical obesity research with an emphasis on pediatrics. During her graduate work, she was a USDA NIFA fellow in nutrition and human development. But her scientific career started here at Florida State with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a minor in psychology. During that time, Nicole was a member of the FSU Flying High Circus and remains involved through alumni relations and fundraising efforts to continue the program's legacy.