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





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College Department(s) Pre-Award

Financial (Post-Award)

BCAS All Becky Campbell James Shultz
CAST All Ashley Riggleman Stephanie McElfresh
CBA All Ashley Riggleman Kim Kemp
ED All Ashley Riggleman Kim Kemp
ENG Biomedical Becky Campbell Stephanie McElfresh
Chemical & Biomolecular Valerie Boaz Stephanie McElfresh


Ashley Riggleman Kim Kemp
Electrical & Computer Valerie Boaz Stephanie McElfresh
Dean's Office Valerie Boaz Stephanie McElfresh
Mechanical  Valerie Boaz Stephanie McElfresh
CHP All Becky Campbell Kim Kemp
PSPE All Ashley Riggleman James Shultz


All Ashley Riggleman Kim Kemp


All Ashley Riggleman Kim Kemp

Williams Honors College

All Ashley Riggleman Kim Kemp
Name Ext. Email

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

  • CBE, ECE, Mechanical Engineering, and the ENG Dean's Office
7694 vboaz@uakron.edu
Brewer, Tina, Accounting Specialist 6816 cmb2@uakron.edu

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

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

Christy, Christie, Mgr. Fiscal Research Administration

8450 kulig@uakron.edu
Evans, Kathee, Asst. to AVP/Coordinator 8579 kathee@uakron.edu

Kemp, Kim, Grant Accountant (post-award)

  • ED (all)
  • Civil Engineering
  • CHP (all)
  • all other departments
6608 ksw9@uakron.edu

McElfresh, Stephanie, Grant Accountant (post-award)

  • CAST (all)
  • CBE, ECE, Mechanical Engineering, and the ENG Dean's Office
  • all internships/CIGAs
2461 smcelfresh@uakron.edu

McWhorter, Sharon, Director, Pre-Award Research Administration

  • IRB Administrator
8311 sm48@uakron.edu
Mellert, Spencer, GA 7774 RschSrvsGA9@uakron.edu

Riggleman, Ashley, Sr. Grant Coordinator (pre-award)

  • CAST (all)
  • CBA (all)
  • ED (all)
  • Civil Engineering
  • PSPE (all)
  • Law
  • Wayne
  • all other units 


Shultz, James, Grant Accountant

  • BCAS
  • PSPE (all)
6459 jms186@uakron.edu

Smith, Lois, Grant Accountant

  • all corrosion awards
6567 lois1@uakron.edu
Watkins, Kathryn, Assistant Vice President for Research 6764 kwatkin@uakron.edu
Zsoldos, David, GA 7774 RschSrvsGA8@uakron.edu