NORDP 2019 Opening Keynote: Christina Paxson, President of Brown University

We are thrilled to announce Christina Paxson, President of Brown University, as the opening keynote speaker at #NORDP2019!

President Paxson’s speech will highlight the importance of research development, not just to the success of individual faculty researchers, but to the broader success of higher education institutions, and, to the success of the nation’s research enterprise. Included in her speech will be discussions of:

  • the current state of the research ecosystem, affirming the value of research to the nation and the world, and asserting why, at this particular moment in time, it is vital to support research that advances knowledge and informs public policy;
  • the pressures on the higher education business model, and how strategic planning, operational excellence, and professional development are all increasingly important to institutions of higher education; and
  • the key skills, functions, and roles RD staff must have going forward.

President Paxson will also share about her own experience as a researcher earlier in her career.

A brief bio: President Paxson is the 19th president ofBrown University President Christina Paxson Brown University and Professor of Economics and Public Policy. Since assuming the presidency in July 2012, Paxson’s key priorities have included building distinction in strategic areas of Brown’s rich research environment, such as brain science, data science, the digital humanities and engineering; expanding financial aid through initiatives like the Brown Promise, which eliminates University-packaged loans from all undergraduate financial aid packages; and cultivating entrepreneurship among teacher-scholars and students.

Under Paxson’s leadership, Brown gained national attention for an ambitious plan to advance academic excellence by shaping a fully diverse and inclusive campus. Brown released Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University in February 2016. Paxson is a nationally recognized higher education leader, respected economist and public health expert. She has been the principal investigator on a number of research projects supported by the National Institutes of Health and authored or co-authored numerous journal articles. Her most recent research focused on the relationship of economic factors to health and welfare over the life course, particularly on the health and welfare of children.

Paxson served as vice president of the American Economic Association in 2012, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the Association of American Universities. In January 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston named Paxson to its board of directors, and in 2019, named her deputy chair. She is 1982 honors graduate of Swarthmore College and earned her graduate degrees in economics at Columbia University (M.A., 1985; Ph.D., 1987).

Christina Paxson will be the opening keynote speaker for the 11th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference, which will be held April 29 – May 1, 2019, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI. For more information about the conference program or to register, visit

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Conference News: New to #NORDP2019

The 2019 NORDP Research Development Conference in Providence, RI, will be chock-full of exciting events. Based on member feedback, the Conference Planning Committee has livened up this year’s program with new formatting and fun activities to boost your networking and professional growth opportunities. New to #NORDP2019:

  • A full 3 days of content: A welcome reception will be held Sunday evening as attendees arrive, and programming will run ALL DAY Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Workshops: 2-hour and 4-hour workshops will be held concurrently all day on Monday, April 29. While 4-hour workshops are now on waiting lists (email to be added), attendees will have 17 2-hour workshops to choose from, including:
    • Using Technology to Facilitate Team Building from the Bottom Up
    • Strategies for Successful Broader Impacts
    • Developing the Research Enterprise: International Perspectives and Experience
    • Hubs & Spokes: A Comparison of Central, Distributed and Hybrid RD Models
  • Fresh formats: The 2019 program will offer a series of lively 5-minute lightning rounds (based on Ignite talks) and 1-hour roundtables for deeper discussions of valuable topics.
  • Career Center: All hiring managers/recruiters are invited to complete the 2019 Employer Career Center Application on or before March 8. Our conference planning team will provide you with access to potential applicants and assist you with scheduling interviews.
  • NORDP swag: Visit our online store for your own NORDP gear! T-shirts, hoodies, hats and more are available for purchase until March 15!

You asked and we listened: members wanted more content. Our 2019 conference will be bigger and better, and registrations fees have increased this year to cover the extra half-day of conference. Early Bird registration ($640 for members) will be available until March 15.

Our full conference program will be posted soon! Conference questions can go to

Conference Cameos: Did you miss our kick-off conference cameo this week? Learn about long-time member Anne Pascucci here.


We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held April 29 – May 1, 2019, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI. For more information about the conference program or to register, visit

Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2019 updates.

Conference Attendance Grants Due Feb. 12

NORDP invites applications for attendance grants for the 2019 Annual NORDP Research Development Conference in Providence, Rhode Island (April 28 – May 1) from members in need of financial support beyond what their institutions or organizations can provide. Conference Attendance Grants will cover the Conference registration fee and may provide hotel accommodations for 1, 2 or 3 nights. Related other expenses, such as travel, are expected to be contributed by the grantee’s institution and/or the grantee.

Aligned with NORDP’s goals to increase diversity and promote inclusive excellence throughout the organization, we encourage applications from our members who are from under-represented minority populations or who are employed by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). All Regular Members in good financial standing who haven’t received Conference Attendance Grants in the last 3 years are eligible to apply.  Exception: These grants are not available to current and prior NORDP Board Members, Affiliate Members, or Consultants.

Grantees are expected to volunteer at the 2019 Annual Conference and to serve on a NORDP committee, subcommittee, or working group in the year following the Conference.

The application deadline is Tuesday, February 12 at Noon, Eastern Standard Time.  PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE UNTIL YOU ARE NOTIFIED OF THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION (by March 1)!

Apply for a Conference Attendance Grant here: 2019 Conference Attendance Grant Application

Contact Kay Tindle with questions (

NORDP’s Got a Brand New Swag

NORDP apparel, including t-shirts, hoodies and hats, are now available for purchase online! Click through to see our line of men’s and women’s styles in a range of colors – some examples below.

Our first-ever NORDP store will be available for a limited time only—you must place your order before March 15. Get your gear and strut your NORDP pride in Providence!

Please note: when you place your order and submit payment information, your credit card will not be charged until after March 15 when all orders will be processed and shipped. Merchandise should arrive within 2-4 weeks after the sale closes.

The 11th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference will be held April 29 – May 1, 2019 at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. Take advantage of our special discounted conference rate, book your room now with this NORDP-specific hotel reservation link.

2019 Conference: Registration Opens Next Week

NORDP 2019 with photo of buildings in Providence

Registration for NORDP 2019 will open TUESDAY, January 15!

This year’s Research Development Conference will offer several new options for three full days of programming. A welcome reception will take place as members arrive Sunday evening, then all sessions kick off the morning of Monday, April 29, with concurrent 2-hour and 4-hour workshops. Please note:  space is limited for 4-hour sessions, and they will require advance registration.

Both 4- and 2-hour workshops provide opportunities for more in-depth development of a topic than a traditional 1-hour conference session can allow.

Four-hour workshops provide an opportunity for intensive engagement with activities and applications, interacting with both the topic and with one another. Attendance is capped to maximize participant engagement, so registration is required.

Two-hour workshops allow an in-depth exploration of the topic with applications and discussion to facilitate learning.

In addition, attendees will enjoy standard 1-hour sessions, 1-hour roundtable discussions, lightning talks, the Ideas Showcase and plenary speakers.

The conference programming schedule will be available soon!



Conference News for the New Year

Mark your calendars! Early bird registration for the 2019 NORDP conference in Providence, RI, will open January 15. The early bird rate of $640 (which includes all conference activities) will be available until March 15.

Our new conference format–with 4-hour workshops and 2-hour presentations included in regular programming–offers a multitude of options for members to learn, network, strategize, and be inspired. For planning purposes, please note that 4-hour workshop attendance is capped, and thus first-come, first-served; you will register for your preferred workshop when you register for the conference. We’ll announce the 2019 workshop line-up early next month.

Conference plans will rev up in January, so stay tuned for more details, cameos and surprises in the new year!

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!

2019 CFA Update & Conference Collaborations


NORDP has launched the Call for Abstracts for the 2019 Research Development Conference in Providence, and the application system is now open! All abstract proposals are due by November 25, 2018, at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time).

New for 2019:  There are a number of formats to consider for presentations. Individual or panel presentations may be proposed for one- or two-hour sessions. You also can pitch a one-hour roundtable, or a 5-minute Lightning Talk. Details can be found in the CFA.

If you’re looking to collaborate with others to develop a panel idea or workshop, there’s now a new option for connecting with potential co-presenters! Try out our message board at, which will allow the NORDP community to post ideas, search for like-minded colleagues, and craft stronger presentation abstracts.

When you visit, simply click on the “Conference Presentation Collaborators Exchange.” There, you can see what ideas others have shared and post a reply within individual folders if you’re interested in a topic. You can propose brand new ideas by clicking the “Create Thread” button in the upper right-hand corner.

Please contact Jenna McGuire with questions (