Director, Foundation Relations
Janelle was named Associate Director of Foundation Relations in September of 2007, Interim Director in January of 2011, and Director of Foundation Relations in March 2012. Her responsibilities include:
working with faculty members and units to identify foundation sponsors
preparing funding proposals for research and teaching initiatives
developing institutional relationships with foundations
- conducting training sessions on foundation relations and grant proposal-writing for various audiences
Starting in 2003, Janelle served as Associate Director of the European Union Center, where she managed and wrote grants; coordinated the development of courses, research projects, conferences, and workshops; and, managed the Center’s staff.
For almost ten years, Ms. Weatherford worked in the field of computer-assisted training and education as an instructional designer and project manager. Her career at Illinois began in 2002 as a Lead Instructional Designer on the UI-Integrate project.
Janelle came to Urbana-Champaign in 1992 from Fresno, California. She earned a B.A. in Russian from California State University Fresno in 1987, an M.A. in Russian from the University of Arizona in 1990, and completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995. She began her career as an Adjunct Lecturer of Russian at California State University, Fresno. She also taught Russian at Illinois as a Teaching Assistant from 1992 through 1995.
Barlow was named Associate Director of Foundation Relations in January 2013. He brings to the position a strong knowledge of academic research, teaching, and publishing, communications in a university setting, marketing and technology. His responsibilities include:
• working with faculty members and units around campus to identify and cultivate foundation sponsors
• maintain current knowledge of foundation interests and actively seek synergies with UI strengths
• preparing funding proposals for research and teaching initiatives
• steward gifts and grants from foundations
• developing institutional relationships with foundations
• supporting training sessions on foundation relations and grant proposal-writing for various audiences
Barlow entered ILLINOIS in 1992 as a masters student in the top-ranked advertising department after graduating from the University of Alabama. He then studied visual theory in a cross-disciplinary program as a doctoral candidate in the Institute of Communications Research. He was hired by the Department of Advertising in 2000.
In 2004, Barlow joined the College of Business Department of Accountancy as an assistant director managing the executive-style MS Tax Program in Chicago. In 2008 Barlow returned to Champaign as an assistant director of communications for Business. There he promoted faculty and units to the press, campus and alumni through an array of published newsletters and other documents.
Barlow enjoys working with faculty, exploring diverse research and academic writing for publication. His hobbies include distance cycling, home renovation, and woodworking.