Rekha S. Rajan, EdD, Rekha S. Rajan, Ed.D. is visiting associate professor of research and program leader for the master's in grant writing, management, and evaluation in the division of research and doctoral programs at Concordia University Chicago. She is an arts education specialist and holds a masters in early childhood professions from Roosevelt University Chicago, a masters in music education, and a doctorate in music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has published her research on children's participation in musical theater, and teachers' use of the arts in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented her work at national and international conferences. She is the author of the books Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K-5 (SAGE, 2012), Grant Writing: Practical Strategies for Scholars and Professionals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) and the forthcoming Children's Experiences in Musical Theater (Rowman & Littlefield Education). Dr. Rajan is the recipient of a two-year research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to examine the relationship between live, performing arts attendance and the cognitive function of older adults which was highlighted in an interview with NEA Chairman Chu on WBEZ Chicago. Her research has also been featured in Education Week and with the National Head Start Association. She is president of the Greater Chicago Area chapter, and sits on the board of directors, for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She is also Co-Program Chair for the Teaching of Evaluation Topical Interest Group for the American Evaluation Association and is on the advisory committee for the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Rajan sits on various appointed councils for the arts and education, including the Core Arts Standards Committee with Arts Alliance Illinois, and the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Advisory Committee for the Department of Education in the State of Illinois. Daniel R. Tomal, PhD, is Distinguished Professor at Concordia University Chicago teaching in the leadership and doctoral programs. He is a consultant, recipient of many grants, and an author of seventeen books such as Action Research for Educators, Managing Human Resources and Collective Bargaining, and Resource Management for School Administrators (with Craig Schilling) and Leading School Change (with Marge Trybus and Craig Schilling) by Rowman & Littlefield Education, and has made guest appearances on many national radio and television shows.
Grant Writing:Practical Strategies for Scholars and Professionals,
written by Rekha S. Rajan and Daniel R. Tomal, provides a cohesive,
comprehensive, and clear step-by-step process for understanding
grant writing from beginning to end. . . .Overall, Grant Writing is
simple in the sense that is clear and straightforward, but it is
certainly not simplistic in its content. It deals with language
(money) that all nations understand. . . .[T]his is a useful, handy
guide for scholars and professionals, faculty members, and
researchers, as well as a helpful text for institutional leaders
engaged in finding and securing grants. * Global Education Review
The authors provide a much-needed, tailored approach for faculty, scholars, researchers, and other professionals to understanding grant writing. This book will provide a positive contribution to the field. -- David H. Lindeman, CFRE, GPC, co-editor, Journal of the Grant Professionals association, president, Global Grant Solutions, LLC Washington, D.C.
Drs Rajan and Tomal are both scholars and published authors with a wealth of knowledge and experience which they have presented in this book. -- Andrew S. Rawdon, JD, co-editor-Journal of the Grant Professionals Association
A treasure trove of information for anyone interested in pursuing grants. -- Charles J. Russo, Ed.D., J.D., Panzer Chair in Education, University of Dayton
This is an excellent guide for scholars and practitioners, as well as a helpful text for students in a variety of fields. -- Dr. Azadeh F. Osanloo, M.P.A., Ph.D., Ph.D., Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education, New Mexico State University
This book is a great read for anyone who wants to understand what can be an arcane and secretive process. -- Fenwick W. English, R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill