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Joan M. Frye

Joan M. Frye
Email:  jfrye@nsf.gov
Phone: (703) 292-5046
Room: 935.01 S
Organization:   (OIA)
Title:  Senior Staff Associate



  • University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Ph.D., Chemistry, 1985
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    B.A., Chemistry, 1978

Employment History:

July 2014 - present
Acting Deputy Division Director
Human Resource Development Division
Education and Human Resources Directorate
National Science Foundation 

January 2009 - July 2014
Senior Staff Associate
Office of International and Integrative Activities
Office of the Director

January 2006 - December 2008
Staff Associate
Office of the Director/Office of Integrative Activities
National Science Foundation

Responsible for the Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships Program (STC) competition, FY2008 - FY2010

August 1997 - December 2005
Program Director

August 1995 - July 1997
Visiting Scientist
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences/Division of Chemistry
National Science Foundation

Program manager for the Experimental Physical Chemistry Program (8/95-3/97) and Chemical Instrumentation Program (3/97-12/05). CHE representative for numerous NSF-wide programs, including MRI, Biocomplexity in the Environment, Plasma Science and Engineering, Nanoscale Science and Engineering, IGERT, and the Science and Technology Center Programs. Member of MPS Infrastructure Working Group and MPS-EHR Working Group on Diversity. Participated in numerous outreach activities to inform chemistry community regarding funding opportunities in program, including NSF Grants Workshops and MRI Grants Workshops.

August 1994 - August 1997
Associate Professor, with tenure

August 1989 - August 1994
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Howard University, Washington, DC

Taught General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Molecular Structure courses. Conducted NASA- and AFOSR-funded research on high resolution infrared laser spectroscopy with graduate and advanced undergraduate students. As a member of the NSF-funded Materials Science Research Center of Excellence, participated in interdisciplinary research involving thin film growth of III-V materials and the use of infrared laser spectroscopy as an in situ probe of chemical vapor deposition processes.

Professional Activities:

Member of the American Physical Society (APS), National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), and the American Chemical Society (ACS). Past-chair of the Committee on Minorities of the APS. Current member of the Committee on Minority Affairs of the ACS.

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