SILS Alumna Meredith Weiss and doctoral candidate Dana Hanson-Baldauf receive research grants

May 23, 2012

Meredith WeissDr. Meredith Weiss (Ph.D. '09), associate dean for Administration, Finance and Information Technology UNC School of Law and Dana Hanson-Baldauf, doctoral candidate at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will collaborate on a research project titled, "Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: Strategies for Human Resource Managers Interested in Expanding Integrated Employment Practices."  

Weiss and Hanson-Baldauf received $41,672 from the Strategies for Human Resource Managers (SHRM) ( for their proposal.

Dana Hanson-BaldaufAbstract:
Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) have been largely excluded from the workforce, despite evidence highlighting their positive contributions to the work environment. This study will identify the ways in which individuals with ID are successfully employed in integrated work settings. This includes the identification of jobs held, responsibilities and work tasks, factors that support integrated work practices, and the observed and perceived impact on the for-profit organization. Semi-structured interviews of supervisors from five small to medium enterprises and five Fortune 500 corporations will be conducted. Findings will be summarized into strategies for human resource managers interested in expanding integrated practices.

In addition, Weiss and her co-PI Shannon Tufts, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the UNC Center for Public Technology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government were awarded a $20,000 research stipend from the IBM Center for The Business of Government ( for the research proposal on contracting for the cloud titled, "Cloudy with a Chance of Success?  A Comparison of Best Practices and the Practical Reality of Contracting for the Cloud in the Public Sector."

Executive Summary:
Federal, state, and local governments are seeking cost-effective methods for delivering technology solutions, particularly through cloud-based solutions.  Real issues related to contracting for the cloud are emerging in this move to hosted solutions.  This study will assess governmental cloud contracts against commonly identified best practices for cloud computing and legal/regulatory requirements to determine how the contracts are being negotiated and if all necessary conditions are being met in the contract vehicle.  The analysis of contract issues, decision-making processes, and lessons learned will culminate in the development of an appropriate framework for negotiating cloud contracts in the public sector to be used by governments and cloud providers alike.

Congratulations to all!