NORDP’s 2020 Year in Review

Dear NORDP Colleagues,

The Board of Directors invites all NORDP members to attend our annual Year in Review meeting, which we are hosting virtually for the first time ever! In previous years, this event was known as the “annual business meeting” and was held during the annual conference, as an in-person event. Global circumstances have motivated us to take this event online, and we hope you’ll join us to learn about what our organization has accomplished this year, with record-high membership numbers and the official kickoff of a new organization-wide Strategic Plan.

The Year in Review meeting will feature:

  • Information on the NORDP Strategic Plan and a look ahead for 2020-2021 by President Karen Fletcher and Vice President/President Elect Kimberly Eck
  • A report on the organization’s fiscal health by Treasurer Jerilyn Hansen
  • Announcement of incoming officers and updates regarding the 2021 annual Conference
  • Year-in-Review and 2020-2021 plans presented by NORDP Committees:
      • Inclusive Excellence
      • Member Services
      • Mentoring
      • New Opportunities for Research Development (NORD)
      • Professional Development
      • Strategic Alliances
      • Nominating Committee

Webinar Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Webinar Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 PM ET

Registration link:


  • Karen Fletcher, NORDP President
  • Kimberly Eck, NORDP Vice President/President Elect
  • Jerilyn Hansen, NORDP Treasurer
  • Gretchen Kiser, Committee on Inclusive Excellence
  • Kayla Tindle, Member Services Committee
  • Kathy Partlow, Mentoring Committee
  • Kimberly Littlefield, NORD
  • Joshua Roney, Professional Development Committee
  • Peggy Sundermeyer, Strategic Alliances Committee
  • Kim Patten, Nominating Committee

P.S. One regular item of business for this meeting is voting as a membership to approve the minutes from the previous year’s business meeting. The 2019 business meeting minutes can be found at on the Meeting Minutes page (member login required; once you’ve logged in, scroll to the bottom of the Meeting Minutes page to find the draft minutes). Please read through ahead of the 2020 Year in Review meeting (so that you know what you’re voting on). Thanks!

Jennifer Lyon Gardner, Ph.D., ELS, CRA
Board of Directors | 2017 – 2021
Secretary | 2018 – 2021
National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

Board of Directors application deadline extended to May 8

Dear NORDP members:

The deadline for eligible NORDP members to apply as a candidate in the 2020 Board of Directors election is now extended to Friday, May 8, 2020. Individuals elected to serve as directors this year will serve on the Board from 2020 to 2024. For more information about the Board application process, click here.

We acknowledge that our current election cycle started at a time when we are living and working in new, unanticipated ways. Professionally, many of us have been asked to provide support to our institutions in a manner that frequently extends far beyond our original job descriptions. During such times, we also recognize that considering taking on the additional duty of NORDP Board leadership may seem a bridge too far.

However, we value democracy in our organization, and we see the contributions, commitment, and courage so many of you give to NORDP. We believe there are many of you who can and will rise to the challenge to help lead our organization – and the research development profession – through these times. It is during times of adversity like these that leadership is needed most.

We hope to deliver a diverse and inclusive slate of candidates for consideration as your future Board of Directors. If you are interested in Board leadership, or if you would like to encourage any of your colleagues to pursue candidacy, please do so. If you have any questions, please contact either of us or any NORDP Board member.

Eligible applicants will be asked to participate in the annual Candidates’ Forum, to be hosted via Zoom, on Thursday, May 21 at 2:30pm EDT/11:30am PDT. Candidate profiles will be posted to the NORDP website by Thursday, May 14.

Thank you all for your membership and your dedication to research development.

Karen “Fletch” Fletcher
Appalachian State University
NORDP President

Kim Patten
University of Arizona
Nominating Committee Chair

NROAD is on the NORDP website!

Submitted by Samarpita Sengupta 

Thank you NORDP community for your interest in the NROAD to RD resource. This resource can be used to create training programs to train people interested in a career in RD or it can be used to onboard new team members. Accessing NROAD to RD is now easier than ever because the resource is now on the NORDP website behind the membership firewall. Step by step instructions on accessing the resource are below:

Step1: Login to NORDP using your username and password.

Step 2: Click on the Resources tab.


Step 3: Click on the NORDP Professional Development and Webinars tab on the next page.


Step 4: Under NORDP professional development, the first option is NROAD.


Step 5: Once you fill out a brief survey, so we can track usage and follow up for feedback, you will be emailed a PDF copy of NROAD to RD.


NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

Mentoring in a Time of Crisis and Uncertainty

Reposted with permission from Lisa Fain and the Center for Mentoring Excellence Team

Here we are in April, faced with a whole new reality from what any of us could have imagined even 3 weeks ago. There is great uncertainty, and many people are hurting now. Top this with the imperative for physical distancing, and we have a situation where the ramifications of isolation will be felt in the business and personal lives of countless people.

And yet, what the COVID-19 crisis reminds us is how connected we all are, and how vital these connections are to our well-being and growth. Since we can’t have the connection of being together physically, it is critical that we consciously create our connections. We can still be socially connected even though we are apart. This is why I’ve used the term “physical” distancing instead of social distancing, and why I encourage you to do the same.

This is a time for Connection. Mentoring is a great way to connect. Whether you are a mentor or a mentee, reach out with intention and compassion to make your mentoring relationship stronger.


Mentoring in a time of Crisis and Uncertainty

We have received numerous requests for more information about how to navigate mentoring in our current crisis. Throughout the month of April, Lisa will be hosting a series of short (15-30 minute) Facebook Live broadcasts on the Center for Mentoring Excellence Facebook Page called Monday Mentoring Minutes every Monday in April at 10 a.m. pacific/1 p.m. eastern to address some important issues and provide practical guidance. We’re very excited to be joined by several distinguished guests.

Mentoring is a great way to maintain connections and get clarity in this difficult time. Please join us throughout the Month of April on Mondays at 10 a.m. pac/1 pm eastern for Monday Mentoring Minutes over Facebook Live. This series of 15-30 minute conversations focuses on how to leverage mentoring for the issues you may be facing right now.CMEpost_7[1]
Tune in at 10 a.m. every Monday in April, here’s the lineup:
Monday, April 6: Mentoring in a Time of Physical Distancing, with Center for Mentoring Excellence founder, Dr. Lois J. Zachary.
Monday, April 13: Introverts and Extroverts in Mentoring: with Jennifer Kahnweiler.
Monday, April 20: In Extremist Mentoring – Mentoring in a Crisis, with Chaveso (Chevy) Cook, CEO of Military Mentors.
Monday, April 27: Forming your Personal Board of Advisors with Kate Sommer.

Wishing you good health, meaningful connections,
and continued mentoring success.
Lisa Fain and the Center for Mentoring Excellence Team