John Barfield, BBA, CRA
Director of Engagement and Visibility
Division of Research and Institutional Advancement


Mr. John Barfield, BBA CRA serves as the Director of Engagement and Visibility in the Division of Research and Institutional Advancement at Tennessee State University (TSU).  A Certified Research Administrator (CRA) with over 26 years in Higher Education, he is a grants management trainer, transdisciplinary and multi-university proposal team builder, works collaboratively with government, university and private sector partners to further research initiatives of TSU and the broader community. Mr. Barfield is a strategic and innovative research administration and development professional, an experienced grant writer, a faculty development instructor and planner and co-chair of the Annual University-Wide Research Symposium.

He also has been the Co-Investigator on the Minority University Research and Education Project Aerospace Academy (MUREP AA), a NASA-funded program that teaches science, engineering, math and aerospace concepts through hands-on projects to more than 1,000 students per year.

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