Kris Ackerson joined the University as the Grant Development Manager for the Iowa Social Science Research Center in 2017. In this position, Ackerson provides grant development support to secure grant funds for faculty in the social sciences. As a program developer and grant writer, Ackerson has written more than 30 successful funding proposals – large and small – totaling $11.2 million for public organizations. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners through the American Planning Association. During college, he co-founded the Kickers Adult Soccer League and, more recently, co-founded the Think Bicycles Coalition of Johnson County. In his spare time, Ackerson enjoys gardening and biking with his family, refereeing soccer, and playing competitive pool.