Linda N. Lancaster Professional Development Fund


The Linda N. Lancaster Professional Development Fund is designed to help College of Education and Human Development doctoral students participate in professional development activities related to their research interests and programs of study. The fund was created in memory of Linda Lancaster, a promising doctoral student in the Counselor Education program at the time of her death in 1989.

Created by friends and family and administered by the college, the fund’s intent is to provide support to enhance student research and expand professional contacts and experience, such as travel to conferences. Part of the fund’s objective is to give students an opportunity to seriously present their case for funding. In their proposals, applicants must establish the relevance of the proposed activity to their research and persuasively explain to the committee how assistance would enrich their study and professional growth.

A committee of faculty from the College of Education and Human Development oversees the proposal and award process. Committee members are listed below. For more information about the Linda N. Lancaster Professional Development Fund, contact committee chair Shihfen Tu, professor of education and applied quantitative methods, 207.581.9064 or

Linda N. Lancaster Fund Committee

Shihfen Tu, Chair
Jim Artesani, Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Research and Outreach
Sarah Howorth, Associate Professor of Special Education
Eric Pandiscio, Associate Professor of Math Education

For more information about Linda N. Lancaster’s life and legacy, please read this post by professor emeritus and Linda’s advisor, Theodore Coladarci.