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We seek to become culture-changers and frontrunners in the field of resilience. We offer opportunities for faculty, staff and students to conduct funded research to further our collective goal of creating and fostering a resilient community.


2021-2022 RISE Faculty

RISE Divisional Liaisons

Theresa De Los Santos

Theresa de los Santos, PhD
Communication Division

Janet Trammell

Janet Trammell, PhD
Social Science Division

Cooker Perkins Storm

Cooker Perkins Storm, PhD
Natural Science Division

Louise Lofquist

Louise Lofquist, DMA
Fine Arts Division




RISE Teaching Stipend Recipients

Rachel Tan

Rachel Tan, PhD
Principles of Human Physiology (BIOL270)

Elizabeth Mancuso

Elizabeth Krumrei Mancuso, PhD
Counseling Theory and Techniques (PSYC430)

Daniel Overton

Daniel P. Overton, PhD
Public Opinion, Propaganda, and Attitude Change (COM 507.01)

Khanh Bui

Khanh Bui, PhD
Social Psychology (Psyc 333.01&.02)




Funding Opportunities

RISE Faculty Funding Opportunities

  • The RISE program seeks one faculty member from each division to function as a RISE Divisional Liaison. The role requires four hours of training prior to the start of each fall semester and includes a $500 stipend for each of the fall and spring semesters.
  • The RISE program would like to provide interested faculty with resources to strengthen student's resilience skills through intentional integration of resilience skills with existing course materials. Faculty will be provided with four hours of training and a $750 stipend.

Any tenured or tenure-track Seaver faculty member is eligible to apply before the start of each fall semester. Check back for application details and deadlines to apply for the 2022-2023 academic year.