About Us

About Us

SEARCH operates with faculty oversight and staff support. SEARCH staff is here to assist you on your journey to investigate a research question, bring a project to life, or pursue a collaboration. Contact us with questions or with your ideas!


The SEARCH Advisory Group provides intellectual oversight and credibility to all SEARCH programming. Responsibilities include developing calls for applications and funding, approving peer-reviewed funding proposals, overseeing prize design and the judging of the SEARCH Symposium paper and poster session, and advocating and developing educational quality and missional consistency of academic life and intellectual inquiry. 

Amy Bessin, MSLS

Julianne Burnett, Ph.D.

Janet Dean, M.Div, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Jones, Ph.D.

Margaret Park-Smith, MFA

Michael Ross, ABD

David Whitaker, MFA