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Research and Sponsored Programs


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Research and Sponsored Programs

611 Wayne Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436 3557

Nicole S. Bennett, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research and Creative Activity

Additional Contact Information

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) promotes and facilitates the research environment of WCU. We assist faculty and students who are interested in being involved in research on campus.

Log onto PIVOT using your WCU Credentials (for faculty, students and staff)

  1. Visit Pivot's Log-in Page (or enter a search term above)
  2. Choose West Chester University from the drop down.
  3. Enter your current WCU Username and Password.
  4. Begin Searching!

Need Funding: Apply for a grant! What can ORSP do for you? Internal Grant Cover Sheet Fast Facts for submitting Grants



 Fall 2018 Research Day will held on Nov. 8th, 10AM- 3PM- Sykes

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will host the Fall 2018 Research & Creative Activity Day on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 10:00AM - 3:00PM in the Sykes Student Union. This event highlights student, faculty and administrators research and creative activity from all academic disciplines by providing a forum for presentations.

The Abstract submission window has closed.  A full list of presenters and abstracts will be posted here, please check back.

The Tentative Schedule is Below:

  • 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM: Poster Presentations- Sykes Ballroom A-C
  • 11:00 PM- 2:00PM: Oral Presentations- Sykes second floor meeting rooms
  • 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM: Performances- Sykes Theater
  • 2:30 PM- 3:00 PM Awards Ceremony- Sykes Ballroom A-B


If you have any  questions, please contact or 610-436-3557

FY 2020 West Chester University Provost Research Grant (PRG) Call for Proposals

In recognition of the importance of faculty directed research and creative activities, Dr. Lorraine Bernotsky, Executive Vice President and Provost, has committed funds to support the Provost Research Grant (PRG). In keeping with the university’s mission to develop graduates who will “succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good,” the PRG encourages faculty applicants to include a model for student/faculty collaboration in their proposals and all proposals must demonstrate student impact.

  • Grants may be awarded up to $10,000 (including any AWA or summer salary)
  • Approximately 10-14 awards will be made
  • The funding period may be up to 2 years
  • Summer salary will be based on the Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • A limited number of AWAs (3 credits each) in total are available

Applicants should submit their grant application in a single PDF file via the D2L Resource Site labelled Provost Research Grant by 4pm, Monday, November 12, 2018. Contact if you have questions.

 All forms and guidelines can be found on the Provost Research Grant D2L Resource Site


WCU ORSP Announces New Faculty Forum Series

Faculty Forums offer a venue during which faculty members present the results of their work, share ideas, and discuss needs in the context of a research and creative activity theme that crosses several disciplines. During these forums we hope to encourage scholarly conversations among faculty members who might not normally meet each other in the interest of igniting collaborations. 

Please join us for our first Faculty Forum Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Research on Distance Education, which will be held on Thursday, October 4th at 11:30 in the Philips Lower Level Conference Room.

Presenters will be:

  • Danielle Skaggs, University Libraries. The Research Process of Distance Students
  • Dr. David Bolton, Educational Foundations and Policy Studies, Distance Education at WCU: Examining Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Dr. Shannon Mrkich, English and Tom Pantazes, Distance Education. Investigating Personal, Digital Engagement for Online Learning: Formative Feedback, Interactive Content, and Digital Badging
  • Dr. Lei Zhu, Economics and Finance. The Impact of Flipped Classroom on Students' Learning Performance
  • Dr. Rui Li, Distance Education. Distance Education Scholars Center

More Information 

  • Questions?
  • Contact us at 610-436-3557
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