Ellen Parakkat

Program Manager

Email: ekuhn@umich.edu

Office of the Vice President for Research
1109 Geddes Ave., 1300 Ruthven Building
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1079



As a program manager on the Public Engagement and Research Impacts team, Ellen Parakkat manages the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship (PEFF). This selective, cohort-based program serves faculty on all three campuses from all schools and colleges. Parakkat collaborates closely with partners around campus to facilitate the Studio Experience, an intensive capacity-building phase of the fellowship, as well as supports cohort members that move into the fellowship’s second phase, a period of extended support for ambitious engaged initiatives. In addition to running the fellowship, Parakkat also contributes to team-wide initiatives on the Public Engagement and Research Impacts team, particularly those involving other capacity-building offerings.

Prior to joining the Office of the Vice President for Research, Parakkat served as a Public Engagement Specialist at the Center for Academic Innovation where she contributed to a Presidential strategic focus area on faculty public engagement. She also spent five years managing Teens Make History for the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis, a nationally recognized work-based learning program for high school students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Centre College, and a Master of Arts in History with a Museum Studies Concentration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.