The RIA Committee follows the college’s and university’s Research Incentive Awards (RIA) review guidelines. The committee is responsible for reviewing and scoring RIA applications, and for compiling a final list of RIA applicants. A final recommendation is forwarded to dean for consideration.

Membership – The membership is through election by each department/school of tenured faculty members.

Chair – The chair will be elected at the first meeting.

Authority – Thomas Wan:  thomas.wan@ucf.edu; 3-3678

Type – Elected

Length of Service – 1 year

Contact – Laurie Carroll: laurie.carroll@ucf.edu; 3-6474


Members of the Research Incentive Awards (RIA) Committee are elected to serve for one year.

Kristina Childs

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice
Phone: 407-823-5981
Location: HPA I Room: 327

Sophia Dziegielewski

Professor, Chair University Institutional Review Board
Social Work
Phone: 407-823-6342
Location: Orlando Tech Center Room: 402D

Jennifer Kent-Walsh

Professor, ASHA Fellow, FAAST Center Director
Communication Sciences and Disorders, FAAST Assistive Technology Center
Phone: 407-823-4800
Location: HPA II Room: 101X

Claire Connolly Knox

Associate Professor, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Director
Public Administration
Phone: 407-823-0153
Location: HPA II Room: 235

Xinliang "Albert" Liu

Assistant Professor
Health Management and Informatics
Phone: 407-823-3752
Location: HPA II Room: 204

Eric Merriam

Associate Professor
Legal Studies
Phone: 407-823-3074
Location: HPA I Room: 340

Gerald Smith

Associate Professor - Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Health Professions
Phone: 407-882-0094
Location: HPA I Room: 259

Thomas Wan

Health Management and Informatics, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
Phone: 407-823-0171
Location: HPA I Room: 219

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