ASAE Research Foundation Announces Recipients of Two Scholarly Research Grants

July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—The ASAE Research Foundation today announced the recipients of the Scholarly Research Grant and the Sal Martino Legacy Grant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research.

The Scholarly Research Grant recipient is Kyle Albert, Assistant Research Professor, George Washington University. The grant proposal is titled: “Who Joins and Leaves Associations? An Analysis of Longitudinal.” Kyle’s research will provide valuable insights about program evaluation and impact to diverse and inclusive representation in an association’s trade, profession, and discipline.

“The selection committee is grateful for the tremendous response to and support of this grant,” said Gary Roebuck, Grant Selection Committee Chair and Associate Executive Director for Finance and Administration, Association of Research Libraries. “We are encouraged, excited, and motivated for the future of diversity, equity, and inclusion research in association management. We greatly appreciate the amount of time, thought, and energy all applicants put into their application. We look forward to sharing the results of Kyle’s work.”  

The Sal Martino Legacy Grant for DEI Research Recipient is Rosellen Roche, Associate Professor of Primary Care; Public Health and Community Medicine, Ohio University. Her grant proposal is titled: “Promoting Professional Association Leadership through Career Mentoring for Early-Career Under-Represented Minority Physicians.” This grant represents another example of the ASAE Research Foundation’s ongoing effort to highlight collaborations between associations and the academic community to help advance knowledge in association management.

“ASAE congratulates Rosellen Roche, Ohio University, as the recipient of this year’s Sal Martino Legacy Grant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research,” said Sharon Moss, PhD, CAE, President and Chief Research Officer for the ASAE Research Foundation. “As part of a group of efforts by ASAE to advance DEI in the association community, we recognize the timeliness of this grant and are thankful for the support from Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLC, to honor Sal Martino and his continued dedication to DEI. As a former chair of ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation, we hope this grant extends Sal’s legacy in ASAE and in the association community.” 

The Scholarly Research Grants Program (SRGP) has been fueling meritorious research projects to impact a myriad of topics relevant to the association management field since 2015.  ASAE Research Foundation’s Scholarly Research Program provides up to $15,000 awards to academicians, consultants, and associations investigating research questions crucial to association management functions and concerns.

As part of SRGP, the Sal Martino Legacy Grant (SMLG) supports research exploring a variety of topics on diversity, equity, and inclusion in association management. The grant provides awards to meritorious proposal addressing DEI in nonprofit membership and member-based association management and is intended to support the research activities of those working or matriculating in an academic community, association management professionals, and consultants/private contractors in association management.

To learn more about the Scholarly Research Grant program and additional opportunities to apply, visit Scholarly Research Grants Program.


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