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School of Graduate Studies and Research

Research and Sponsored Programs Staff

Julie Guggino
Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Phone: (509) 963-2640

Julie has served Central Washington University in
pre-awJulie Gugginoard research administration positions since 1991. In 2013 she was appointed as the director of research and sponsored programs with continuing responsibility to oversee all pre-award functions for the university including responsibility for the animal care and use committee, compliance in responsible conduct in research, conflict of interest, and export control. Working closely with post-award colleagues in the university’s business unit, Julie develops university policies and procedures for the grant life cycle. She meets with faculty candidates during their interview visits, participates in new faculty orientation, and provides training opportunities for faculty interested in obtaining external funding for their scholarly activities. Julie promotes collaborative proposals by forming teams of faculty, administrators, and staff then guiding them through the grant writing process.

In addition to her pre-award responsibilities, between 1991 and 2012 she also managed the operations, staff, and budgets for the university’s graduate school and several university research centers and grant-funded programs. Julie currently oversees the university’s federally-funded McNair Scholars Program, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and two GEAR UP programs in addition to her pre-award responsibilities. Julie is highly regarded as an accomplished communicator and creative problem-solver. She has served on faculty and classified staff university grievance committees, strategic planning committees, and numerous search committees.

Julie has been a member of the National Council for University Research Administrators (NCURA) for more than twenty years. She has served on the Region VI/VII program committee most of those years in various roles (co-chair, track leader, vendor coordinator, at large) and has led workshops, concurrent sessions, and discussion groups regionally and nationally on assorted topics in the predominately undergraduate institution and professional development tracks. She has been a member of Region VI’s regional advisory board several times in the past and served most recently as the elected regional advisory board member for 2014 and 2015. In addition to serving as Region VI chair in 2009, Julie participated in NCURA’s 2010 Leadership Development Institute. In 2014 she was appointed by the national committee chair to serve a one-year term on the Professional Development Committee and was reappointed to that committee in 2015. She has also been an NCURA Peer Reviewer since 2014.

Outside of work, Julie enjoys spending time with family, gardening, reading, traveling, and writing. Her first book, Unpacking John 1, was published in January 2015.

Leslie Lotspeich                                                                                       
Grant and Contract Specialist, Research and Sponsored Programs
Program Coordinator, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Phone: (509) 963-3111

Leslie serves as the Grant and Contract Specialist, working with the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs in the pre-award functions for the university. She assists faculty and staff in identifying funding opportunities to support their specific needs, assists in the preparation and submission of proposals, coordinates the internal approval process and tracks contracts/subcontracts. Leslie also is the Program Coordinator for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). In this role, she provides administrative support to the IACUC and ensures that researchers and faculty using live vertebrate animals are compliant with federally mandated policies.

Before Leslie joined CWU in March 2015, she worked at a private consulting firm from 2010-2015 that specialized in grant writing and program evaluation. Leslie was an integral part of their grant-writing team, collaborating with team members to support the grant writing process by researching and analyzing data, developing proposals and submitting the final proposals. She also supported several evaluation projects by monitoring and analyzing program reporting data and assisting with the preparation of federal program performance reports. Leslie worked at a non-profit agency from 2005-2010. There, she worked with 21st Century afterschool programs and Employment and Training Programs. During this period, she managed the compliance of contracts and worked closely with administrative staff to ensure program success.


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