College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Michele S. Schwietz

Michele S. Schwietz

Michele S. Schwietz

Associate Dean for Research

Michele Schwietz, Associate Dean for Research, enjoys working with faculty and staff to promote and support their involvement in research and scholarship.  Drawing on more than 30 years of experience at two public, doctoral-granting universities, Michele comes to George Mason with an understanding of grant development and implementation, best practices in research administration, program development, research integrity, and graduate education.  

Most recently, Michele served as Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at the University of Northern Colorado (2009-2014) overseeing a "pre-award" to "post-award" office that provided proactive and collegial services designed to strengthen and expand research, scholarship and creative works on campus.

Prior to her work in Colorado, Michele held leadership positions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (as Assistant Dean for Research, Interim Associate Dean for Research, Director of Grant Development, and Proposal Development Specialist) from 1982-2009.  Michele led the Research Division of the School of Graduate Studies and Research; chaired the IRB and promoted the responsible conduct of research; worked with faculty individually and with collaborative teams to prepare, submit and manage externally funded projects; was responsible for encouraging and supporting graduate and undergraduate research projects and presentations; and provided leadership on several university-wide initiatives such as the Middle States self-study for reaccreditation and the Undergraduate Scholars Forum. 

Selected Publications

Internationalization of the Academic Profession:  Faculty Attitudes, Beliefs and Involvement at Public Universities in Pennsylvania, 2008.  VDM Publishing House Ltd., Mauritius.

Book Review:  Minorities in Higher Education, 1997.  Journal of College Student Development, 38,6, 678-681.  [Publication under the name of Michele Sanchez]

Book Review:  A Darker Shade of Crimson:  Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano, 1995.  Journal of College Student Development, 36, 6, 608-609.  [Publication under the name of Michele Sanchez]

Grants and Fellowships

Purchase Line School District, Tutoring assistance to local rural school district, $3,900, August 2008

Association of International Education Administrators, Harold Josephson Award for Outstanding Promise in International Education $1,000, December 2005. 

University of Pittsburgh, School of Education Research Grant, Internationalization of the Academic Profession:  An Exploratory Study of Faculty Attitudes, Beliefs and Involvement at Public Universities in Pennsylvania,  $450, December 2005

U.S. Department of Education, Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship Program (co-directed with Dr. David M. Lynch), $95,572 (1994-95); $48,000 (1992-93); $128,000 (1991-92); $32,000 (1991-92); $112,000 (1990-91)

Education

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Social and Comparative Analysis of Education with a specialization in International and Development Education

M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Student Affairs in Higher Education

B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Spanish

Recent Presentations

Discussion Leader, Grants Management at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions, November 2012, National Council of University Research Administrators Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Panelist, Emerging Leaders in International Education:  AIEA Josephson Award Winners Since 2005, February 2012, Association of International Education Administrators Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Small Group Discussion Leader, Special Focus:  Research Ethics Education in the Social Sciences, March 2011, RCREC Seminar, "The Challenge of Research Ethics Education in the University Setting:  A Response to NIH and NSF Requirements," preceding the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Panel Chair, Author Meets the Critics:  Rethinking the Ethics of Clinical Research:  Widening the Lens by Alan Wertheimer, March 2011.  20th Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, Ohio.