Director, Nationally Competitive Awards
Pamela F. Person was named the first permanent director of the University of Cincinnati’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards in January, 2012. She previously served for 10 years as UC’s inaugural director for the Center for First-year Experience and Learning Communities. During her tenure the programs under her leadership emerged from fledgling, pilot initiatives to become large-scale, integral components of the UC undergraduate experience. Pam was a key contributor to the development of UC’s signature approach to undergraduate education which encourages a comprehensive curriculum design connecting FYE with mid-collegiate and graduation capstone experiences. She is a recipient of the Outstanding First-year Student Advocate Award, presented by the National Resource Center for The First-year Experience and Students in Transition, recognizing her for the impact of her efforts upon UC’s culture and the success of our students. Pam earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Radford University and completed additional graduate work at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Prior to her work at UC Pam held the directorship of the Career Center at The University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as leadership positions at Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Virginia Tech, and Radford University. Pam is an active contributor to applied research and scholarly practice in the field of higher education, particularly curriculum development and student transitions and success. She has authored articles on the University of Cincinnati’s first-year experience program that have been published in various conference proceedings, monographs, journals, and newsletters and has served internationally as a consultant to colleges and universities.