2017 Conference Cameo: Naomi Nishi

#NORDP2017 starts Monday, May 8 in Denver, CO. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here: http://www.nordp.org/conferences.

Who: Naomi W. Nishi, Associate Director, Office of Research Development & Education
Where: University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Conference
Number of years in research development: 4
Length of NORDP membership: 4
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 4
How do you unwind? Running or playing with my kids

My background in Research Development is somewhat unique. I received a B.S. from Michigan Technological University in Scientific and Technical Communication and began my career as a Technical Writer. I wrote proposals for small/local government groups for a software development and consulting firm. However, I left early on to pursue an M.A. in International and Intercultural Communication at the University Denver.

nishi-photoAfter completing my M.A., I took a job at Academic Impressions and ultimately focused on designing programs in adult education within higher education. I customized and facilitated programs for colleges and universities across the country and internationally while there.

I came to the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus four years ago and am responsible for designing and offering a suite of educational programs on research development topics to faculty on both the Denver and medical campuses. We offer workshops, seminars, instructional videos, a blog, e-books, and other resources to our faculty.

I feel unique at NORDP because my job is truly focused on educating our faculty to allow them to be more competitive when seeking external funding. Our office is not directly involved in grants administration or grant-writing, aside from my agreeing to review and offer feedback on grants as faculty ask. The NORDP conferences always allow me a good opportunity to identify other resources/topics that I can consider integrating or adapting in my programming. Plus, being active in NORDP puts me in a unique position to share effective models of research development with research leadership at my institution and have a seat at the table in that decision-making.

I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in Education at CU Denver, and enjoy running, writing, and spending time with my partner, our two little boys, and our dog, Molly Brown.


We hope to see you at the 2017 NORDP Research Development Conference, which will be held May 8-10 in Denver, CO. For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2017 updates.

If you’d like to be featured in a Conference Cameo, let us know at rdconf@nordp.org

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