2020 Call for Board of Directors Nominations and Applications

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of NORDP’s Nominating Committee and Board of Directors, I am writing to invite nominations and applications for Board of Directors positions. Nominations for Board positions are due March 31, 2020, and applications for the same are due April 15, 2020. You may self-nominate and do so starting March 17, 2020.

Available positions: Four Board of Director positions are available in 2020. One seat is designated for an eligible NORDP member affiliated with either a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) and/or a Regional Institution, one seat is designated for an eligible NORDP member affiliated from a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI), and two seats are open to eligible NORDP members from any type of institution or region (at-large). New Board members are elected for four-year terms. (The cover page of the board application form contains definitions of MSI, Regional, and PUI.)

Eligibility: All regular members of NORDP in good standing who meet the qualifications outlined below are eligible to apply for Board of Director positions. Any NORDP member employed by a for-profit company that employs more than 25 people is an affiliate member of NORDP and not eligible for election to the Board. Current Board members whose terms are expiring are eligible for nomination and re-election unless they have already served two consecutive terms (in which case they must wait at least one year before becoming eligible for re-election).

Qualifications: Qualifications for serving on the Board of Directors encompass a number of factors, including:

  • Active support and/or service to NORDP (e.g., at least three years of service on committees, working groups, or other efforts on behalf of the organization). Demonstrated leadership in NORDP activities is preferred. While conference presentations are highly valuable to the organization, they do not in and of themselves constitute active support of the organization or demonstrate that an individual has knowledge of how NORDP operates and how its mission is served.
  • At least five years of research development experience or very closely related experience.
  • Demonstrated progression of duties and responsibilities within the research development profession, including, but not limited to: supervision of other research development professionals, management of a significant research development portfolio, or other major contributions to the research development profession (or a closely related field).
  • Experience serving on community-or institutionally based non-profit boards and/or other forms of organizational leadership (e.g., technical working groups, strategic planning or reaccreditation working groups, etc.).

Expectations: The expectations for NORDP Board members are significant in terms of time and effort. Members are expected to actively participate in the board, head special projects or liaise with committee chairs, and pursue activities that advance the NORDP mission and goals. The time requirement for Board members averages 10 to 12 hours per month with additional commitment for officers. For a full description of the duties, roles, and responsibilities of Board members, please see the Board Member Duties and Responsibilities document and the relevant articles in the NORDP Bylaws.

It is expected that applicants participate in the Board candidate forum at the NORDP Annual Conference. The forum will be recorded for posting in the “members” section of the NORDP website. 

Selection Criteria: The Nominating Committee will evaluate applicants for the ballot based on the following criteria:

  • Potential of applicants to serve NORDP effectively, as reflected in their application materials and other evidence – their description of interests in serving on the Board and the contributions the candidates think they can make, their specific goals for NORDP, and why they think they would make good candidates.
  • Diversity of Board Members is highly desirable, although there are no formal requirements.
  • Diversity of institution type (e.g., location, size, focus, public, private, etc.) is also highly desirable. 

Nomination and Application: Nominators and applicants are requested to prepare submissions in a word processing program and then cut and paste the information into online submission forms. The forms will time out after ten minutes and information is not saved once timed out.

Applicants must also upload a brief résumé/CV (three pages maximum) in PDF format, a brief biographical sketch (200-word maximum), and a high-resolution headshot (2MB maximum file size; 72 dpi is acceptable). Applicants may also submit a letter of support (two pages maximum) from their direct supervisor or a member of NORDP.

  • Nomination: You may nominate another individual for a Board position using the online nomination form by March 31, 2020. Upon receipt of a nomination, the Nomination Committee will contact the nominee to request completion of an on-line application.
  • Application: If you are interested in serving as a Board member, please complete your application using the online application form by April 15, 2020. 

Selection and Voting Processes: All members of NORDP in good standing (including affiliate members) are eligible to vote in the election, which will be held online. The Nominating Committee will review applications and present the nominees to the membership for a voting process according to the following schedule:

  • Two weeks prior to the planned start of the Annual Meeting: The Nominating Committee will notify candidates regarding eligibility and placement on the election ballot.
  • Candidates’ Forum: Nominees placed on the ballot by the Nominating Committee will be invited to participate in an online candidates’ forum (specific date, time, and location will be sent via email to NORDP members, published on the organization’s website, and promoted on its social media platforms). Candidate information will be posted to the NORDP website, and the voting period will run from May 18 to June 8, 2020.
  • July 1, 2020: Newly elected Board members assume their duties.
  • September 11 to 14, 2020: Newly elected Board members should plan to participate in a Board retreat on these dates.
Please contact Kim Patten at kjpatten@arizona.edu or 520-621-5429 if you have any questions regarding the Board of Directors nomination, application, or election procedures. Thank you in advance for your participation in the Board of Directors nomination and application processes, which are designed to ensure strong leadership of NORDP.

Conference Cameo: Sherry Knighton-Schwandt

Who: Sherry Knighton-Schwandt, Assistant Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington and Executive Director for Research Development for IU
Where: Indiana University
Number of years in research development: 10
Length of NORDP membership: 5
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 4
How do you unwind? Gardening, bird watching, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my husband, friends, children and grandchildren. Truth be told, I also binge watch the BBC series, “Call the Midwife.”

My route to research development has been circuitous. After 12+ years of working in administration, student recruitment and public affairs for the IU School of Education at Bloomington, I found my way to the IU Office of the Vice President for Research as a lead for communications and special projects. That role quickly led to deepening engagement with IU Bloomington’s and IU’s internal and external funding competitions, and my research development career began.92

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to lead the development and creation of IU Bloomington’s Proposal Development Services group, which consults and collaborates with researchers to help plan, prepare, and manage applications for external funding. I also continuously oversee more than two-dozen campus research centers, institutes, and museums that often play a role in collaborating with faculty on grants.

I’ve also had the excitement of being involved in the inception and implementation of two large-scale grant programs that have generated myriad research development benefits (and challenges!) to the university: IU’s Grand Challenges program (three initiatives, a total of $200+ million in funding) and IU Bloomington’s Emerging Areas of Research program (five initiatives, ~$20 million in funding).

In 2019, my responsibilities in research development expanded to encompass all of IU’s seven campuses, and I am currently engaged in strengthening relationships among all of the IU staff involved in research development activities and collaborating with them to create a strategic plan that focuses on how IU can refine and expand our research development activities and the ways we support IU faculty. I have the utmost privilege of working with super smart and dedicated staff who work tirelessly to advance the university’s research goals. As with all successful endeavors, it takes a committed and enthusiastic team working towards the same goals.

As the concept of research development has emerged in recent years, in large part due to the work of NORDP, I’ve been pleased to attend several NORDP conferences. The information, education, and networking provided by the conferences has been invaluable. I’ve learned so much about how to build and strengthen our university’s research development resources, and I look forward to learning more this year! I’m also excited that in October 2020, IU Research Development will host the NORDP Great Lakes Regional Conference at IU Bloomington.

My NORDP tip is, if possible, bring colleagues with you to the conference. There is much to do and absorb. Strategize about who will attend what sessions, and make sure to compare notes. Above all, take advantage of the like-minded professionals gathered together, and enjoy yourself!

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 17 – 20, at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, TX. The conference room block can be accessed HERE

For more information about the conference or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2020 updates.

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.

Hotel Options for NORDP 2020

The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort has begun to fill up. Please check the Hyatt’s availability for the nights you’ll be spending in San Antonio to potentially take advantage of our special discounted conference rate. Book your room with the NORDP-specific hotel reservation link HEREThe discounted rates for the 2020 NORDP Conference are on a first-come, first-serve basis through April 24, 2020.

There are three hotels that are a two-minute drive from the Hyatt Regency listed below and on the NORDP website HERE. Call for rates and availability.

Hilton San Antonio Hill Country
9800 Westover Hills Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Ph. 210.509.9800

TownePlace Suites by Marriott
10015 Westover Hills Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78521
Ph. 210.520.0441

Staybridge Suites San Antonio Sea World
10919 Town Center Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251
Ph. 210.767.1100

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 17 – 20, at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, TX. For more information about the conference or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2020 updates.

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.

A Message to NORDP 2020 Conference Attendees

Dear NORDP members,

We are excited about the NORDP 2020 Annual Research Development Conference in San Antonio, TX, May 17-20, 2020.

We want to assure you that we are closely following announcements about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

At this time, we do not expect the conference to be affected by this coronavirus, and the CDC has not issued guidance or precautions about traveling within the U.S. or limiting public gatherings anywhere in the country.

We will, of course, continue to monitor public health guidance, and we will be in touch promptly should developments occur that require further updates.

Sincerely,

Karen Fletcher

NORDP President

Conference Cameo: Carolyn Bernhardt

Who: Carolyn Bernhardt, editor/writer
Where: University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
Number of years in research development: I’m just starting out
Length of NORDP membership: New member
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 2020 will be my first one!
How do you unwind? By staying active, especially on, in, or near water

So, I am actually not a research development professional. At least, not on paper. But isn’t everyone who works in higher education there because they believe in the power of research?OV6A0781F_sq

I have been in higher education communications for the last four years, but have more recently begun to focus much of my efforts toward helping our faculty and staff researchers feel confident and competent when interfacing with the media about their research. I also work to help our researchers take the next step into leveraging their media relations to drive more citations of their research, open up new networking and collaboration opportunities, entice new funding agencies, bolster relationships with existing funding partners, and recruit graduate student talent. I am so looking forward to my very first NORDP because I am interested in learning more about how the work I do lends itself to research development, and learning more about the field of research development as a whole.

My background is in editorial work. I received my BA in English literature and film studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Then, I started my professional career in children’s’ books. I have written, edited, and fact checked numerous titles for the library/education market. It was through this work that I not only crammed my brain full of so much random information that I became a pub trivia champion many times over, but also came to believe that, since science impacts everyone, everyone deserves access to understanding even the most complex science. To this day, I remain passionate about effectively communicating complex earth, health, and animal science to the broadest audience possible. So much so that, in addition to my current day job, I am pursuing a Master of Arts in Science Writing at Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, I am the managing editor of our college’s donor and alumni magazine, Profiles. I have worked hard to weave research into the fabric of the stories we tell as much as possible because I think if our donors, alumni, and legislatures should be consistently reminded that our research is what sets us apart. Plus, I get paid to hear people tell me their story and I work with some of the most fascinating people on the planet — it’s a pretty sweet deal, as far as I am concerned. Some of the coolest things I have written about in my career include moose, Gila monsters, racehorses, owls… and the brilliant, passionate people who keep them healthy.

I am attending this year’s NORDP to learn how my efforts can work hand-in-hand with research development professionals to help support leading edge research and its impact on humans, animals, and the world we share. I am especially looking forward to meeting new people, seeing San Antonio, and gathering new ideas for communicating about research. Communications conferences can be full of great pointers and practices, but I want to more specifically explore the relationship between communications and research. I look forward to doing just that in a few short weeks!

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 17 – 20, at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, TX. The conference room block can be accessed HERE

For more information about the conference or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2020 updates.

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.

Conference Cameo: Kathy Partlow

Who: Kathy Partlow, Senior Proposal Development Coordinator
Where: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Number of years in research development: 8
Length of NORDP membership: 8
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 8
How do you unwind? I enjoy escaping into a good book.

Given my love of books, I wanted to share my NORDP conference experience and advice with help from “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.KCP2

“Congratulations! Today is your day! You’re off to great places! You’re off and away!”

If you’ve decided to go to the annual NORDP conference or are contemplating it, I can tell you that it is a great place to be! I heard about NORDP when I was exploring RD as a potential career path. I had the advantage of being a member of NORDP and attending the annual conferences from the very beginning. I discovered at my first conference and every conference since that the NORDP community is friendly, and extremely willing to give advice and share resources.

“When you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”

Are you looking for a better or more efficient way to do an RD task? Have you exhausted your ideas? Are you feeling siloed or isolated? I give you the NORDP annual conference. There is no better way to get your creative juices flowing. I have always left the conference with so many ideas that the harder part is deciding which ones I have time to pursue. I find myself regularly referring to past conference presentations and materials when I discover myself in uncharted territories.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Two challenges I face at NORDP conferences are choosing the sessions to attend (there are so many!) and networking. I benefited last year from trying out each of the session types. Each offers different depths of content and different ways to receive and share information. For fellow introverts, I’ve found easy ways to meet people include introducing myself at a lunch table, conversing at a round table, asking a few people about their Idea Showcase posters, and attending a networking dinner. One of the most lasting benefits I’ve received from attending the NORDP conferences is developing relationships with colleagues from other institutions. You can also continue networking beyond the conference by getting involved with a NORDP committee (the very last meeting on Wednesday) or participating in other ongoing activities, like the Mentoring Program, Circles, and Peer Mentoring Groups.

“You’re off the Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”

My last advice as you prepare to get on your way is to protect the time you have at NORDP to invest in yourself. I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 17 – 20, at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, TX. The conference room block can be accessed HERE

For more information about the conference or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2020 updates.

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.

New NORDP Affinity Groups

Announcing two thematic Affinity Groups: the Academic Medicine/Affiliate Medical Center Group of NORDP (AMC NORDP) and the Predominately Undergraduate Institutions of NORDP (PUI NORDP)

NORDP is proud to provide ways for members to share ideas and support each other as Research Development professionals. One of these ways is through our thematic “Affinity” Groups.

The Academic Medicine/Affiliate Medical Center Group of NORDP – AMC NORDP is our newest such group to engage research development professionals and researchers from diverse institutions with a medical component. This group provides professional development opportunities unique for RD staff working with biomedical researchers, clinician-researchers, and clinician-educators in an academic medicine or affiliated medical center setting and facilitates collaboration among these RD professionals and researchers. Any Active NORDP Member who is interested in or works with/in an academic medicine or AMC is eligible to become an AMC NORDP member. To get involved, contact Heather McIntosh at heather-mcintosh@ouhsc.edu.

The Predominately Undergraduate Institutions of NORDPPUI NORDP supports the professional development of NORDP members from Predominately Undergraduate Institutions and other small, teaching-intensive institutions by fostering collaboration between and among NORDP PUI members and advancing the field of research development at PUIs and other similar institutional contexts.  Many RD professionals in small institutional settings are likely to fulfill many roles beyond RD and work in offices of one or few staff members. PUI NORDP aims to provide professional development support to members who may not have access to such opportunities at their institutions. Any active NORDP member interested in or working at or with a PUI or other small, teaching-intensive institution is eligible to become a PUI NORDP member. To get involved, contact Jennifer Glass at jglass5@emich.edu.

Cheers,

Karen, aka Fletch
NORDP President

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.

NORDP 2020: Preparing Conference Presentations, Slides, and Posters

For many of us, conference presentations cause worry and stress. Yet, presenting in public does not have to be scary and can be very rewarding…and even fun! The purpose of this webinar is to present best practices for preparing presentations, slides and posters, to facilitate useful and effective presentations and interactions, whatever the medium.

The webinar will be presented by Kari Whittenberger-Keith, PhD, and Jenna McGuire, MBA. Kari and Jenna have extensive experience in public speaking, speechwriting and effective communication.

We hope you will take advantage of this webinar to help make your presentations more effective, whether at the 2020 NORDP conference or in other venues.

Webinar Date: Friday, February 21st, 2020

Webinar Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FeYEyRZ0TmugxOq98xMuug

Presenters:

  • Kari Whittenberger-Keith, PhD; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Jenna McGuire, MBA; The Ohio State University

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 17 – 20, at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, TX. The conference room block can be accessed HERE

For more information about the conference or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2020 updates.

RD 101 at NORDP 2020

The 12th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference in San Antonio, TX will feature a six-hour, RD 101 short course from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 18th.

If you are interested in participating in RD 101 it is suggested that you register for the conference as early as possible. Registration for RD 101 is capped at 35 participants. RD 101 will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Waitlist opportunities will be available once it is filled. Please note that there are also a number of two-hour workshops running concurrently on Monday that do not require pre-registration. Full descriptions of all Monday workshops can be found HERE.

RD 101 (A SPECIAL 6-HOUR PILOT OFFERING IN 2020)

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Presenters: Katie Howard, Appalachian State University; Aaron Kline, The University of Iowa; Kari Whittenberger-Keith, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

What is research development (RD) and how is it done? Even professionals who have worked extensively with funded research and researchers throughout their careers may feel like they only know the landscape of their specific jobs and responsibilities. Because RD roles in organizations and institutions can 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 short course, RD 101, which provides an introduction to the field of RD. This six-hour course provides 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 use in their work.

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? —defining RD within the research enterprise;
  • Context and Stages of the RD Process—institutional and professional cultures and how they affect the work of RD;
  • The Funding Universe—identifying and understanding funders and funding processes; and
  • Proposal Development—working with researchers to develop compelling, competitive proposals.

Conference registration opens on Tuesday, February 4th.  Visit the Conference program page for further information: https://www.nordp.org/2020-nordp-conference-schedule-at-a-glance

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 17 – 20, at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, TX. The conference room block can be accessed HERE

For more information about the conference or to register (after February 4th), visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2020 updates.

Four-Hour Workshops at NORDP 2020

The 12th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference in San Antonio, TX will feature a number of four-hour workshops from 1:15 – 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 18th.

If you are interested in participating in these sessions it is suggested that you register for the conference as early as possible. They are sure to fill up quickly. These programs will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Waitlist opportunities will be available once they are filled. Please note that there are also a number of two-hour workshops running concurrently on Monday that do not require pre-registration. Full descriptions of all Monday workshops can be found HERE.

The workshops listed below require pre-registration.

Conducting Competitive Intelligence in a University Setting

Presenters: Alba Clivati McIntyre, The Ohio State University; Karen Walker, Arizona State University; Jamie Burns, Arizona State University

Incorporating Societal Impacts into Proposal Development (ARIS)

Presenters: Megan Heitmann, Iowa State University; Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University; Kevin Niemi, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Increase Capacity of RD Professionals to Capture Meaningful “Evidence” Through Research – Or, Evaluation: Using a Navigational Map and Front-End Planning Approach

Presenters: Etta Ward, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Jacqueline Singh, Qualitative Advantage, LLC

Mentor Training for Research Development Professionals: Expanding NRMN/CIMER’s Mentor Training Curriculum for the RD Profession

Presenters: Paula Carney, Loyola University Chicago; Jan Abramson, University of Utah; Kathy Partlow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Erica Severan-Webb, Xavier University of Louisiana

Team Science Takeoff: Tools to Support New Scientific Collaboration

Presenters: Betsy Rolland, University of Wisconsin-Madison Carbone Cancer Center and Institute for Clinical and Research Translation; David Widmer, Memorial Sloan Kettering; Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Elsevier and Northwestern University

Detailed information on these workshops is available here: https://www.nordp.org/2020-all-workshops

Conference registration opens on Tuesday, February 4th.  Visit the Conference program page for further information: https://www.nordp.org/2020-nordp-conference-schedule-at-a-glance

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 17 – 20, at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, TX. The conference room block can be accessed HERE

For more information about the conference or to register (after February 4th), visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2020 updates.