RD101: Introduction to Research Development

Virtual pilot short course for early career RD professionals

September 21-October 23, 2020 • Seats limited!

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What is research development (RD)? How is it done? Even professionals who have worked extensively with funded research and researchers throughout their careers may feel like they only understand their specific jobs and responsibilities. Because RD roles in organizations and institutions vary (and units are often siloed), it can be hard to get a full picture of RD as a field and how it fits into the research enterprise. RD101 will help you understand the field, expand your existing skill set, and explore new ways to support research at your institution.

NORDP is offering a pilot virtual short course, RD 101, which provides an introduction to the field of RD. This 10-hour course (not including readings and other coursework) presents a framework for understanding who RD professionals are, the skills that make them effective in their roles, the hows and whys of what they do, and the resources they rely on.

There are no prerequisites for RD 101; it is intended for new RD professionals (those with fewer than two years of experience in RD) or those considering becoming RD professionals. The developers and instructors are all experienced RD professionals from a range of institutions (e.g., centralized and decentralized, R1s, PUIs) and have designed the course around the skills and information they wish they’d had when they first entered the profession.

Course topics include:

  • What is RD? Who is the RD Professional?
  • Components and Elements of the RD Process—Institutional and Professional Cultures and How They Affect the Work of RD
  • RFPs and Proposals: Requirements and Constraints
  • Helping Researchers Produce Effective Proposals

In addition to weekly meetings, participant will have weekly activities that will help them contextualize themselves and their position within the RD profession as well as begin to develop a personal career development plan that they can use as they progress in the field.

General sessions: Mondays from 2-3:30 pm ET—9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19

Breakout sessions (participants will attend one day each week; you are not required to stick to a specific day):

  • Thursdays from 1-2 pm ET (9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22) OR
  • Fridays from 1-2 pm ET (9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23)

There is no charge for this pilot workshop, but registrants must be NORDP members. Registration is limited to 30 participants. Registration closes September 19.

For questions or more information, please contact Kari Whittenberger-Keith (kariwk@uwm.edu). Registration link HERE.

Facilitators

Paige Belisle, Harvard University

While pursuing a MFA in Writing at the University of New Hampshire, Paige Belisle discovered her career path by serving as a graduate student intern in UNH’s Research Development Office. Through NORDP, she met the members of Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Research Development Office and joined their team in 2016. She serves faculty members by identifying funding opportunities and providing proposal development support. Her current specialty is in providing Research Development outreach to new faculty members in the arts and humanities, as well as assembling monthly funding opportunities newsletters.

Katie Howard, Appalachian State University

Katie Howard is the Associate Director for Grants Resources and Services at Appalachian State University. She holds an M.A. and M.L.S. from Appalachian State. She has been a NORDP member since 2017 and serves on the Mentoring Committee and the Professional Development Committee. In the Office of Research at Appalachian, she administers limited submission competitions, internal competitions, and the internal peer review process. She is also charged with developing the international research process and opportunities for the Office of Research.

Kari Whittenberger-Keith, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Kari Whittenberger-Keith founded Research Development Services at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a NORDP board member from 2016-2020. She has worked as a faculty member at several institutions and in research development at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oregon as well as UWM. A PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, she has taught public speaking, effective communication practices and training and development in both academic and professional settings for over 35 (yikes!) years.

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