Terry Van Allen, Ph.D., J.D.


Terry W. Van Allen, Ph.D., J.D. is the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs. Dr. Van Allen’s background includes serving as a Director of Research and Sponsored Programs in the University of Houston system and as Training Director of Administration and Grants and Contracts Officer in the State of Oregon Universities system.   He has worked for the federal government as a liaison for grants and sponsored projects at colleges and universities and in local communities. Dr. Van Allen was named as a top three federal employee in the nation for his outreach work in low-income communities and neighborhoods. The award was given by the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C. where U. S. Senators and Representatives attended the ceremony.  Caroline Kennedy (daughter of President John F. Kennedy) served on the committee that selected Dr. Van Allen for the national award. Dr. Van Allen has testified twice as an expert witness for hearings held by the U.S. House of Representatives on the subject of Empowerment-Enterprise Zones and Renewal Communities.  The City of Flint and other communities have benefitted from Dr. Van Allen’s research, community outreach, and legislative impact. He has authored scholarly publications on Enterprise Zones, including a column appearing in the Detroit News.  His current research involves topics on Law and Economics, and Community Development.



Erin Kingsley

Research Process Coordinator

Erin is responsible for assisting with pre-award budgets, post award accounting, financial management of the office, and research awards for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Erin earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. She is currently working on her MBA at the University of Michigan-Flint.


Mary Mandeville

Research Compliance Specialist

Mary is responsible for assisting the campus community with issues regarding Human Subjects Protection and Research Compliance; and is the campus contact for training and administration of the eResearch Regulatory Management system. In her capacity, Mary works closely with the chair of the Institutional Review Board.
Mary earned her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University, her Master's Degree from Kansas State University, and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. Additionally, Mary is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP).  Certification is from the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR).



Andre Louis

Research Program Manager

Andre is responsible for providing project management support for faculty and staff, as well as managing the initiatives emphasizing undergraduate research. He is the manager of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, co-coordinator of both the Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Research Conference, and the UM-Flint Student Research Conference, the Brand Administration for the University's Qualtrics account, and the contact for research poster printing.

Andre earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Michigan-Flint.


Maria Schell

Administrative Specialist

Maria is primarily responsible for pre-award grant administration, which encompasses assisting faculty and staff with proposal development, identification of appropriate funding sources, and navigation of the electronic proposal approval system through proposal submission. In addition, Maria provides administrative support to office staff, processes human subject incentive payments, and assists faculty and staff in using SPSS.

Maria has a BA in Sociology and Master of Arts in Public Administration, both from Saginaw Valley University.  Her areas of interest are social psychology, psycholinguistics, statistics, and research methods.  She was originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has lived in Michigan since 1997.


Lola Carter

Research Receptionist

Lola is responsible for an assortment of clerical responsibilities, including but not limited to: managing files, answering the phone, compiling telephone directories, creating appointment schedules for the statistical consultant, assisting with data entry projects, co-coordinating New Faculty Orientation with the Thompson Center for Learning & Teaching, and assisting with Research and Creative Activity Committee meetings.

Lola earned her B.A. in Social Work, with a minor in Sociology at the University of Michigan-Flint in May 2003, with plans to further her education and professional development.