Welcome to NORDP: Chasmine Stoddardt! Where: Johns Hopkins University
Number of years in research development: 2
Joined NORDP in June 2017
What is your RD work? I am the Manager of the Research Development Team, a new initiative within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. It’s very much a start-up environment as we build and launch the services to the University. Our goal is to encourage collaborative research across disciplines, schools and institutions. Once those relationships are formed, we aim to be the one-stop shop to facilitate the proposal preparation process.
What is your professional background? In 2008 I started out in Physics & Astronomy at JHU, learning the basics of research administration. My first real hands-on experience was reconciling a portfolio of accounts for one of the grants administrators. I have also worked in a variety of settings at JHU over the years in departments in the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Arts & Sciences as well as the central ORA. In 2015, I joined the Research Development Services team at Georgetown, but ended up returning to Hopkins in 2016.
What attracted you to NORDP? Sue Porterfield and Julie Messersmith, colleagues at JHU, introduced me to NORDP and encouraged me to join. The opportunity to connect and form relationships with research development professionals across the country was definitely a draw.
How will your NORDP membership enhance your own career? I have already joined the listserv and am very impressed by the responsiveness and community-type feel of the organization. The topics that are discussed provide insight to how our peers operate at their institutions and opens the doors to true collaboration. I look forward to the relationships that will form through my NORDP membership and to meeting everyone at next year’s conference in Washington D.C.
Written by Daniel Campbell, Member Services Committee
How does our garden grow? Thanks for asking! NORDP’s Member Services Committee is delighted to report that our goal to increase the net number of NORDP members by 100 this year has not only been achieved, but exceeded. NORDP’s active members now total 779, an increase of 138 since NORDP’s fiscal year began on October 1, 2016. Thank you to Member Services Committee members and to all other NORDP members who have worked so tirelessly on this year’s member recruitment and retention campaign. Kudos!!
During the 2017 NORDP Conference all seven regions held meetings with over 220 members attending. Common themes included affinity groups, annual conference location, listservs, and shared challenges.
Highlights of each region’s discussion are listed below. For full reports, click here.
I – Northeast
NORDP Northeast plans to apply for affinity group status. NE is open to piloting programs to roll out at NORDP national, and is considering slight increases to its meeting registration fees that could provide for travel awards to the NORDP annual conference for regional members with financial need.
II – Atlantic
The Atlantic region is looking into holding a monthly conference call or online meeting to share best practices & challenges. Rotating annual in-person meetings and creation of a regional membership directory were also discussed.
III – Southeast
The Southeast region is very interested in becoming an affinity group with the intent to plan meaningful activities for members of the region. Kimberly Eck offered to lead the application process and plans to put together a working subcommittee to draft a proposal and give all SE members a chance to contribute.
IV – Great Lakes
The Great Lakes region had a great discussion about holding a regional meeting. As a result they are planning their 1st Regional Meeting which will be hosted by Jeff Agnoli at Ohio State University in October.
V – Mid-West & Mountain
The Midwest & Mountain region members discussed using their new listserv to assist in organizing their regional efforts as well as exchanging ideas about funding opportunities specific to the regional members.
VI – Southwest
The Southwest region members discussed the new formalized process for creation of affinity groups and explored some of the background on why the process has been put into place. Kay Tindle offered to lead the affinity group initiative and plans to organize a conference call to discuss the effort.
VII – Pacific
The Pacific region discussed the active use of their active listserv, which they plan to continue to use. Members voted in favor of moving forward with identifying Region VII as an official region through the affinity group mechanism.
Summary prepared by Dan Campbell, Member Services Committee.
What was the most interesting question asked by an audience member, and what was the response?
Comment: We must remember that there is a cultural aspect to leadership. Presenter: Absolutely. You need to understand the audience with whom you are about to engage.
Question: You discussed the importance of choosing your team carefully. What if you cannot pick team members? Presenter: Even if the leader is unable to pick his or her team, the leader must establish the norms of the group and determine the rules for interaction and trust-building.
What else from this session should NORDP members know?
Leadership Without Authority is leadership that you exert on your own without the traditional hierarchical support systems of your institution. It is leadership in an area outside of your job description, strengths, background, etc.
Leadership needs to be applied to getting something done. It’s about doing things. Why should people work with you?
You need to ask them.
You need to have a mission – a broader one for your unit or institution.
You need to have credibility. Elements of credibility:
The Virtuous LWA Cycle
Build and nurture alliances on a systematic basis through continuous, systematic professional activities (meeting/working with people outside of your unit)
Establish the public good that you want to accomplish (this public good often comes from these relationships)
At its meeting on June 27, 2017, the NORDP board of Directors ratified the results of the 2017 Board elections, welcoming three new members and one returning member. The new members are: Jan Abramson, M.S., Sponsored Projects Officer, University of Utah; Jennifer Lyon Gardner, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Research, University of Texas at Austin; and Jerilyn Hansen, M.S., Director, Research Development, Utah State University. Returning to the Board for a second term is Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D., Director, Research Development & Communication, Oregon Health and Science University. All four of these members’ terms will end June 30, 2021.
The Board also accepted the resignation of Terri Soelberg, M.Ed., Director, College of Health Sciences Office of Research, Boise State University, and appointed Kellie Dyslin, MSW, Associate Director, Proposal Support, Northern Illinois University, to complete Terri’s term. Kellie will serve the remaining two years in Terri’s term, ending June 30, 2019.
Officers for 2017-2018 are as follows:
President: Michael Spires, M.A., M.S., CRA, Principal Proposal Analyst, University of Colorado Boulder
Vice President/President-Elect: Karen Eck, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Research, Old Dominion University
Treasurer: Jeff Agnoli, M.A., Education, Funding, and Research Development, The Ohio State University
Secretary: Karen Fletcher, M.B.A., Director of Grants Resources & Services, Appalachian State University
Immediate Past President: Gretchen Kiser, Ph.D., Executive Director, Research Development Office, University of California, San Francisco
This last year has been one filled with challenges and uncertainty but also wonderful achievements and new opportunities. It’s been a privilege for me to serve as the NORDP president during this time.
We started last July working with our then newly hired executive director to lay out a work plan for the new role that included expanding our list of potential sponsors. In late August, the whole Board spent an intense (and fun!) couple of days of planning and team-building in Boise, ID (check out the photo of the Board during our Boise meeting). We developed primary goals and stretch goals for all of our committees, restructured some aspects of our committees, and defined working groups for activities that didn’t fit within the scope of our existing committees. Below, I’ve listed some highlights of this past year’s NORDP organizational activity.
Member Services Committee rolled out a membership drive and realized a net increase of more than 100 new members, bringing NORDP membership to its highest point yet at well over 700 members.
Member Services Committee also developed and rolled out new membership orientation materials.
Developed and implemented a policy to guide the structure of affinity groups of NORDP, such as those defined as regional groups.
Finance/Revenue Committee identified and adopted several administrative cost-saving and infrastructure improvement measures, including upgrading our MemberClicks membership administration tool.
Implemented a modest increase in membership dues.
Researched and generated a broader list of potential sponsors.
Maintained current level of professional development webinars while working to define future, broader webinar content. Professional Development Committee supported the participation of over 360 members in live webinar events this year.
Investigated past efforts, reactivated, and successfully re-implemented the Program for External Evaluation of Research Development (PEERD) NORDP Consulting Program. At the 2017 conference, launched an effort to recruit expert reviewers for the program as well as advertise for potential clients.
Developed and implemented of the first training forum focused on emerging research enterprise leaders: Wise decisions in times of change and uncertainty: Research Enterprise Leadership Forum, held at the 2017 conference in Broomfield, CO.
Planned and executed the best-attended NORDP annual conference to-date, with nearly 500 people in attendance at the Broomfield, CO conference.
Established the Mentoring Program Committee as a ‘stand-alone’ NORDP committee, recognizing its expanding programmatic depth and breadth, with development of mentoring resources, e.g.
Established an expanded volunteer administrative services resource to assist with MemberClicks and other member-related administrative questions.
Reinvigorated the former External Engagement Committee under the new name of Strategic Alliances Committee, building capacity in the Liaison Program and in peer-group alliances.
Matured the New Opportunities in Research Development (NORD) Working Group to a NORDP committee.
Formed a revived Communication Working Group manned by several NORDP members, focused at several communication levels – website, blog, social media, listserv, conference communication.
Formed a new working group focused on increasing diversity and inclusion within NORDP.
I know that these accomplishments were the collective effort of many volunteers and thank you all for your contributions to these and other recent accomplishments. So, while this year has brought challenges, it is not hard to also see evidence of continued positive growth in NORDP, and to be excited about the potential for the future.
Thank you for the honor of serving as president this past year. Onward and upward…
Conference Reflections provide brief reflections on members’ NORDP 2017 experiences. Maybe there was a session you particularly enjoyed, a connection made, or a keynote that spoke to you. If you’d like to participate, you can send your reflection directly to communications@NORDP.org.
Eric Wayne Dickey: Live tweeting during the seminars and presentations allowed me to document the things I learned at the conference. It also allowed me to make personal and professional connections to other research developers via social media. As a result, I will use my tweets from the Denver conference to compile a blog post that I can share with the readers of my Liberal Arts Research in Action blog. You can follow me here: twitter.com/claResearchOSU, and check out my blog here: blogs.oregonstate.edu/lara/. The conference inspired me to up my online and social media presence, not just for my research development work, but also for my creative writing work. Something I have been wanting to do for a while. Who knew that Poetry and Research Development were made for each other? Thanks for the inspiration, my NORDP colleagues!