Dr. Shuna H. McMichael was hired in Spring 2016 to create and develop the first Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) at Soka University of America. For the past 18 years, she has passionately served in the role of Research Administration, Compliance, Development, Management, and Grant Accounting while also serving in an informal capacity as a mentor and nurturer to student learners of all ethnicities.
Her role is instrumental in facilitating organizational change and strategic leadership to ensure a sustainable research infrastructure. She has led change and strategic leadership in the areas of research: IRB, project and financial management, increasing research visibility and portfolios, enhancing existing research enterprises, and establishing new full life-cycle grant infrastructure. She is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), Colleges of Liberal Arts Sponsored Programs (CLASP), Society of Research Administrators International (SRA), and the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). Dr. McMichael was recently selected as a Journal of Research Administration (JRA) 2021 Author Fellow for the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA). She is also a Certified Research Administrator (CRA).
She earned an EdD from the University of Southern California (USC) in Organizational Change and Leadership (OCL) in 2020. In addition, she has a BA and MA in Public Administration from Ashford University (AU) and four sub-baccalaureate credentials: Marketing, Business Administration, Human Resources, and Paralegal Studies. She also is an active board member of the nationally ranked STEM Charter High School, Lennox Mathematics Science and Technology Academy (LMSTA) located in Lennox, CA.
Together, Drs. McMichael and Penprase will work closely to maintain a sustainable infrastructure and strengthen the research enterprise for the institution, faculty, and student learners. Aiming to increase the student research participation and experiences as SUA prepares them to become the next generation of global leaders, scholars and professionals.