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Robert M Benson

NScD Research Proposal Coordinator

Robert Benson is Research Proposal Coordinator for the User Program Office in the Neutron Sciences Directorate, which supports both the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). Key components of his role in Neutron Sciences include:

  • Coordinating General User proposal calls
  • Supporting operation and development of the Integrated Proposal Tracking System (IPTS)
  • Helping users and staff troubleshoot proposal submission issues and use of IPTS

Robert came to NSD in 2020 after a 20 year career as academic librarian and higher education administrator. Robert holds certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Research Proposal Coordinator | Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Neutron Sciences Directorate | Oak Ridge, TN (May 2020 to present)

Director of Library Services | Roane State Community College | Harriman, TN (2006 – April 2020)
Associate Professor (2012 to 2020)

User Services Librarian | Roane State Community College | Harriman, TN (2000 - 2006)



Master of Science in Information Sciences (2000)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville | Knoxville, TN

Bachelor of Arts in English (honors) with concentration in Literature (1996)
Second major in History; Minor in Secondary Education
University of Tennessee, Knoxville | Knoxville, TN

  • Vice-chair, ORNL Research Library Advisory Board (2023 to present)
  • Chair, Tennessee Board of Regents Libraries Deans/Directors Sub-council (2019)
  • Founder and Chair, Tennessee Board of Regents Libraries Accessibility Task Force (2016-2020)
  • Interim Dean for Student Academic Support Services, Roane State (11/2012–6/2013)
  • Vice-President, Tenn-Share Resource Sharing Consortium (2012)
  • Fellow, Tennessee Board of Regents Academic Leadership Institute (2009-10)
  • Fellow, Roane State Community College Leadership Academy (2007-08)

Project Management Professional (PMP) certified (2020)
Project Management Institute (2020 to present)
Project Management Institute, East Tennessee Chapter (2020 to present)