Abbreviated C.V.

Danielle Blalock Barefoot

*complete C.V. available upon request

Grants application and administration professional

A historian by training, I carried over my love of searching, cataloging, analyzing, and writing to my career. I have advanced skills in grant writing, researching, project management, mentoring, and grants administration. I am extremely detail oriented and find peace in planning, developing and managing projects, and tracking data. In my current role, I serve as Program Administrator of Internal Grants in Research Development Services, an arm of Research, Innovation & Impact at the University of Arizona. Previously, I served as Assistant Director, Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, where I administered/advised 22+ competitive scholarship processes, introduced students to opportunities available and helped them navigate numerous application processes for major awards.

Additionally, I am completing a Ph.D. in History and minors in Global/Comparative History and Higher Education at the University of Arizona. I study Latin America with an emphasis on twentieth-century Chile. From March-November 2018, I conducted my dissertation research in Chile as a Fulbright Scholar.

ACademic & administrative appointments

Program Administrator, Internal Grants – Research Development Services, University of Arizona | 2021 – present

  • Develop and pilot program assessment plan
  • Manage the full life-cycle of the Research, Innovation & Impact (RII) Research Advancement Grants (10 total)
  • Manage the development of solicitations and requests for proposals
  • Coordinate the review process which includes identifying and assigning reviewers and coordinating affiliated review panels
  • Prepare and administer funding decisions and funding agreements in coordination with the business center
  • Collect regular technical reports
  • Distill reports for internal and external research communications
  • Coordinate with campus colleagues to host and administer competitions on their behalf

Assistant Director – Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, University of Arizona | 2019 – 2021

  • Successfully advised 53 students (2019-20) and 54 students (2020-21) who were awarded or selected as finalists for national awards
  • Administered 22+ undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship application processes, including Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Boren
  • Facilitated and led 50 information sessions and 20 workshops on numerous nationally competitive scholarship awards per year 
  • Prepared and consulted on drafting of awardee press releases:
  • Collaborated with campus partners to promote scholarship opportunities and recruit potential applicants; campus partners include the campus cultural centers, Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement, Undergraduate Biology Research Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium, Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, UA Global, UA Research, Innovation, and Impact, and student clubs
  • Co-hosted the Summer Fellowship Application Development Program in partnership with the Graduate College’s Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement (approximately 150 participants per year)
  • Created the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund application in Qualtrics for Dean of Students 
  • Researched and designed new ONCS website, drafted webpage content
  • Served as campus liaison for Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award

Fulbright Scholar – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State | 2017-2018

  • Created and maintained a research database of archival and oral history records based on research in 15 archives and 29 former student activist interviews
  • Networked with Fulbright students and scholars, Chilean and visiting international scholars, and U.S. embassy staff to facilitate cultural exchange
  • Researched and published information on digital Chilean archives as a commissioned, peer-reviewed encyclopedia entry:

Instructor and Graduate Teaching Associate – History Department, University of Arizona | 2015-2019

  • Designed and taught 4 online undergraduate history courses on varied topics in Latin American History (between 30-60 students per semester)
  • Facilitated small discussion sections of approximately 20 students
  • Provided student feedback on assignments including weekly analytical journals, short essays, quizzes, exams, presentations, research proposals, and research papers in order to evaluate student performance and progress
  • Used instructional technology and learner-centered pedagogy techniques, including VoiceThread, Panopto, and Zoom, to facilitate inclusive, active online classrooms


  • Ph.D. Candidate – Department of History, University of Arizona | 2015 – current
  • Certificate in College Teaching – Office of Instruction and Assessment, University of Arizona 
  • M.A. History – Department of History, University of Arizona
  • B.A. History and Modern Languages (Spanish) – College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern University | Cum laude, Honors Program


  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)
  • Safe Zone General Education Badge
  • Online Teaching Bootcamp


  • Spanish | fluent reading and writing; advanced conversational skills
  • Portuguese | advanced reading knowledge; basic comprehension

Professional Memberships

  • National Organization of Research Development Professionals
  • National Association of Fellowships Advisors (2019-2021)
  • American Historical Association
  • Conference on Latin American History
  • Rocky Mountain Conference for Latin American Studies
  • Fulbright Alumni Association
  • Fulbright Alumni Association of Arizona