Suzanne Lodato is Director of Proposal Development and Research Communications for Indiana University’s Institute of International Business, where she designs, develops, and implements proposals in the area of international development. Before joining the Institute, Suzanne directed the Faculty Development Team for University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Office of Research and Engagement. There she led the team’s efforts to develop the capacity of UTK faculty – in particular early career investigators — to formulate and write successful proposals for external funding.
Her current position at the Institute for International Business represents a return to Indiana University, where she had originally worked in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research as Proposal Development Specialist. There she researched, coordinated, and wrote grant proposals to federal agencies and private funders to support academic units representing a wide range of disciplines, and she trained faculty on the proposal development process and strategies for seeking and obtaining external funding. During that time, she was also Co-Director of the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities, where she directed an academic digital arts and humanities unit that supported faculty fellows and other digital arts and humanities projects at the university.
Before moving to IU, she served as a consultant to the Library of Congress’s Library Services Division, as Director of the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as Associate Program Officer in the Scholarly Communications Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Over eight years, she evaluated, awarded, and managed more than 630 grants totaling nearly $258 million for research libraries, library technology, the humanities, digital humanities, and higher education. She was a Fellow at the Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities from 1998-2000.