Loralin Welch

Loralin Welch

Loralin Welch

Pre-Award Research Administrator

Loralin Welch joined the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Pre-Award Research Administration Team from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she supported the Department of Internal Medicine in both pre- and post-award activities for grants, contracts, and clinical trials.  Prior to working at VCU, Loralin worked at James Madison University (JMU) performing pre-award duties for the central Office of Sponsored Programs including proposal development, creating compliant budgets, submitting both federal and non-federal proposals, contract negotiations, subrecipient monitoring, and prior approvals. Loralin comes to CHSS with over five years’ experience in research administration. She enjoys working with new faculty on proposal submissions and staying up to date on current topics within research administration.

Loralin received both her undergraduate (Psychology/Communication) and graduate degree (Adult Education/ Human Resource Development) from JMU and is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA). In her spare time, Loralin likes hiking, reading, and playing with her dog Taco.

Selected Publications

Welch, L., & Brantmeier, N. (2021). Examining employee retention and motivation trends in research administration. The Journal of Research Administration, 52(2), 70-86. https://www.srainternational.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=bfa95ba3-4542-52c5-65c3-0f50dbeb8b59&forceDialog=0

Welch, L. (2019). A voluntary transition to electronic files. NCURA Magazine, 51(6), 34. https://www.ncura.edu/Portals/0/Docs/Magazine/2019/Dec2019_NCURAMagazine.pdf


Master of Science in Education, James Madison University

Bachelor of Arts, James Madison University

Recent Presentations

June 2021: co-Presenter of breakout session, Pre-Award for the Post Award Administrator with Andrea Behrend and Jessi King at the iSRA VA Chapter Virtual Meeting

August 2019: Poster presentation, PUI: Becoming a Paperless Office Utilizing Existing Resources at the 61 Annual National Council of Undergraduate Research Administrators (NCURA) meeting in Washington D.C.

co-Facilitator of the discussion group, Starting Strong: How to Onboard your Pre-Award Staff with Rosemary Madnick at the 61 Annual NCURA meeting in Washington D.C.

June 2019: Presenter of breakout session, What Research Administration Taught Me, at the SRA VA Chapter meeting at Old Dominion University

June 2018: co-Presenter of breakout session Best Practices Within a Central Unit: What You Can Learn from Difficult Situations and Pressure Points with Tamara Hatch and Sally Dickenson at the International Society for Research Administrators VA Chapter meeting at Virginia Commonwealth University