Nina Maung-Gaona, an assistant dean in the Graduate School and director of the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), will assume a new role at Stony Brook as of February 8, 2016. She has been chosen as the Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) and will assist Vice President David Conover in overseeing the operations of the Office of the Vice President for Research in her capacity as Research Foundation Deputy Operations Manager.
Maung-Gaona has been a valuable staff member at Stony Brook since 2000. As director of the CIE, she has led a highly successful team supported by more than $8 million of external funding from government agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. CIE’s important work in diversity, STEM outreach and faculty career preparation has been pivotal to Stony Brook’s mission.
“In her roles as assistant dean in the Graduate School and as director of the Center for Inclusive Education, Nina has already had a major positive influence on Stony Brook,” said David Conover. “In her new position as AVPR, Nina’s impact on the mission of our University will expand even further.”
As AVPR, Maung-Gaona will lead the establishment and launch of the new Office of Proposal Development (OPD), which will promote and support the development of large-scale, multidisciplinary research proposals. Together with OVPR colleagues and Stony Brook faculty/staff, OPD will foster research collaborations across campus and with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, other SUNY campuses and other external partners. OPD will also spearhead activities to support junior faculty to enhance the competitiveness of applications for extramural funding. As deputy operations manager, Maung-Gaona will provide leadership in financial accountability, policy, systems, and reporting and will coordinate Research Support Requests (RSRs) and internal competitions for research Request for Proposals (RFPs) that limit the number of institutional proposals.
Maung-Gaona is a recognized leader in diversity in STEM, with 19 years of experience in developing education programs and writing successful grant applications. She has a proven track record of successfully working with faculty across all disciplines and spearheading intra- and inter-university collaborations involving the administration of multimillion-dollar grants from various funding agencies.
Prior to Stony Brook, Maung-Gaona worked for the United Nations where she developed programs and grants for education, conflict resolution, renewable energy and environmental protection. She has been awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Award for Leadership and the Suffolk County Human Right’s Commission for Public Service.