Sponsored Programs Staff

Allison Newton

Allison L. Newton, Ed.D
Coordinator of Proposal Development
Director, Research Center for Veteran Support Services

Phone: 256-782-5108 | E-mail: anewton@jsu.edu


Dr. Newton holds a B.S. degree in Geography from The University of North Alabama with a minor in English. She earned her Master's Degree in Public Administration at Jacksonville State University, with a concentration in Environmental Science and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama.

Prior to joining the Office of Sponsored Programs in 2010, Dr. Newton served as the Associate Director for The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE), a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate geographic learning. She has also worked for the National Geographic Society as a liaison for the National Geographic Network of Alliances serving the Southeast Region to include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Puerto Rico. 

Dr. Newton is responsible for managing the administration of proposal development for grants and contracts. She collaborates with faculty, staff, and administrators to develop systems, protocols and organizational structure for grant administration and support. She identifies grant and contract opportunities along with interdisciplinary opportunities for collaboration among faculty and departments. Dr. Newton also provides professional development for faculty, supports the development of research/service center strategic plans, and serves as a liaison with federal, state, local, and non-profit funders.

Since 2012, Dr. Newton has served as the director of the Research Center for Veteran Support Services (RCVSS).  The Center's mission is to provide an avenue for research and education in the areas of transition and support services for veteran and military-connected students.  The RCVSS aims to facilitate broad reaching partnerships and collaborations within JSU and across the Southeastern region.  The RCVSS serves as a model for regional centers and represents one of the few places where a holistic approach is used to support and study the needs of veteran and military-connected students. 

Since 2006, Dr. Newton has served as an adjunct faculty member at JSU teaching Human Geography, World Regional Geography, and Grant Writing. Before transitioning into the world of higher education, Dr. Newton worked in private enterprise.

Lynn Garner

Lynn Garner, Director, Institute for Innovation
Phone: 256-782-8159 | E-mail: lgarner@jsu.edu

Ms. Garner has managed complex projects for over ten years. Before joining JSU, Ms. Garner worked as a contractor for the US Department of Homeland Security and later the US Department of Defense. Currently, Ms. Garner serves as the Project Manager for the Jacksonville State University Institute for Research and Collaboration. She assists faculty with sponsored programs during the post award phase. For the Collaborative Regional Education (CORE) Project, Lynn serves as the project director.  Her duties include planning professional development activities and building relationships with teachers, administrators, and other personnel from 20 school systems. Lynn also manages research center development at JSU. She collaborates with faculty and captures their research center agendas for submission to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Lynn earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University.