UA Office of Research Administration

The ORA is located in the historic Polsky Building in downtown Akron, between S. Main and S. High Streets. We have a secure entrance from E. State Street (on the south side of the building).  University parking is available in the Polsky deck and in Lot #66. Also, city of Akron metered parking is usually available on State Street.

ORA Mailing Address, Location Info

U.S. Mail

The University of Akron

Office of Research Administration

Akron, OH  44325-2102

Campus Mail ORA +2102
Campus Location Polsky Building, Suite 284
Driving (GPS) Address

225 S. Main Street, Suite 284

Akron, OH  44308

ORA Contact Information





Home page:


Name Ext. Email

Boaz, Valerie, Sr. Grant Coordinator (pre-award)    

  • CBE, ECE, Mechanical Engineering, and the ENG Dean's Office
7694 vboaz@uakron.edu

Campbell, Becky, Sr. Grant Coordinator (pre-award)

  • BCAS (all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • CHP (all)
  • all internships/CIGAs
8073 rac2@uakron.edu

Campbell, Vivian, Grant Accountant (post-award)

  • CAST (all)
  • CBA (all)
  • CBE, ECE, and COE Dean's Office
  • LAW (all)
  • Upward Bound
  • Academic Achievement
  • CIGAs for the above units
8128 vgc1@uakron.edu

Evans, Kathee, Asst. to AVP/Coordinator

8579 krs1@uakron.edu
Hergenrather, Diane, Research Billing Systems Analyst 6816 dhergen@uakron.edu

Kemp, Kim, Sr. Grant Accountant (post-award)

  • CHP (all)
  • ED (all) 
  • Civil Engineering
  • WAYNE (all)
  • all other departments
  • CIGAs for the above units
6608 ksw9@uakron.edu

McElfresh, Stephanie, Mgr. Financial Research Administration

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • CIGAs for the above units
2461 smcelfresh@uakron.edu

McWhorter, Sharon, Director, Pre-Award Research Administration

  • IRB Administrator
  • CAST (all)
  • CBA (all)
  • ED (all)
  • LAW (all)
  • WAYNE (all)
  • all other units 
8311 sm48@uakron.edu

Njus, Emily, Sr. Grant Coordinator (pre-award) 

  • Civil Engineering
  • PSPE (all)


Rodgers, Christie, Mgr. Fiscal Research Administration



VACANTGrant Accountant

Smith, Lois, Grant Accountant

  • all corrosion awards
6567 lois1@uakron.edu
Watkins, Kathryn, Assistant Vice President for Research 6764 kwatkin@uakron.edu

Student Assistant, general office and pre-award

7666 RschSrvsGA8@uakron.edu

Student Assistants, general office and post-award

  • Jackson Cline
  • Jennifer Fang
7774 RschSrvsGA9@uakron.edu