2017 Conference Cameo: Eric Wayne Dickey

#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.
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Who: Eric Wayne Dickey, Research Program Administrator
Where: Oregon State University, College of Liberal Arts
Number of years in research development: 19
Length of NORDP membership: 2
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 2
How do you unwind? Reading and writing, family and staying healthy.

I started grant writing just to find funding to support my own interests in creative writing. On a whim, I attended an introduction to grant writing workshop put on by the Pacific Non-Profit Network in Medford, Oregon. This was back in 1998, before databases and internet search engines. I remember spending three or four days pouring over the big Foundation Directory books. I found four sources. I followed the directionEric Wayne Dickey pictures and applied to them all. I ended up winning $10,000 to help support a three-month writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. The VSC awarded me half and the other half came from a grant made by the John Anson Kittredge Fund for Individual Artists administered by Harvard University Law School. I was thrilled, to say the least.

After that, I started helping other people find funding for their projects. I helped an organization solicit funds from several sources to deliver relief supplies to hurricane Mitch survivors in the Honduras, and I helped a few other people and groups. Then in 2002, I landed a job working for Oregon Sea Grant supporting their granting program in coastal and ocean sciences research and education. I worked for OSG for 12 years. It was a great place to be; we were doing some meaningful and much needed work. I learned a lot about grant writing from sitting on the awarding agency side of the table. But I always felt like the poet in the house of science, so I began looking for work supporting arts and humanities efforts.

I nearly jumped out of my skin when the College of Liberal Arts here at OSU posted the position I now have. I’ve been here since August of 2014. I help liberal arts faculty find and apply to funding for their research and scholarly activities. The terms “liberal arts” and “research” do not often get used in the same sentence, but we actually do quite a bit of research. I am pleased to say that in the short time I’ve been here, I’ve helped grow the program by 70%.

It was when I began my current position that I first heard about NORDP.  I attended a conference in 2015. I was sad to have to miss the 2016 conference, but I am very excited for the forthcoming 2017 conference in Denver. I feel a kinship with research development people; it’s like they are my people. At that first conference, I was invited to co-lead a discussion table on managing our own creativity while on the job. Many of us share similar challenges, and maintaining a positive outlook can be one of those challenges. The conferences are a place to share our struggles, learn new strategies, find opportunities, and celebrate our successes. It’s a good group of people.

Being a NORDP member has been very beneficial. The conferences are a great place to get ideas on how to inspire, motivate, and manage faculty pursuing funding. Similarly, the website and the e-mail list have also been very helpful. I am really looking forward to the conference. I hope to meet new people who have similar interests in liberal arts research development. Sometimes I think Anna Brailovsky (UMN) and I are the only ones! I am really looking forward to coming away from the conference with new ideas and new inspirations.

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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

Deadline Approaching: NORDP Rising Star of Excellence Recognition Awards

Here’s your chance to nominate (by March 13) deserving recipients for a NORDP Rising Star of Excellence Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to NORDP. Awardees are recognized at the Annual Conference, and receive an engraved plaque and waived registration for a future NORDP Annual Conference.

Nomination Guidelines

Eligibility: NORDP members in good standing who have made significant volunteer contributions to NORDP are eligible. Such contributions can include NORDP committee service, conference volunteer, conference presenter, etc.

Nomination Process: Any NORDP member may nominate another member(s). Each nomination consists of a letter (see Rising Star of Excellence Recognition Award Nomination Form) detailing why the nominee deserves this recognition. The nomination should speak to past and current contributions to NORDP, the potential for future contributions to research development and/or NORDP, and examples of excellence in research development.

The nomination must also include a short (approx. 50 words) statement to be used as a citation if the nominee is selected for this recognition.

Please send completed nomination forms to k.cataneo@unh.edu on or before March 13, 2017.

Selection Process: The Scholarships and Recognition and Service Awards Subcommittee of the Member Services Committee will review the nomination materials and recommend no more than three nominees for consideration and approval by the Board of Directors. Nominations will be judged on the extent to which the candidate has served NORDP and the Research Development profession, as documented by compelling evidence and testimonials in the nomination letter. Awardees are announced at the NORDP Annual Conference.

Member Services Committee

First NORDP Conference? Nine Tips for Making it a Success

#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.
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If this is your first time attending the conference, you may feel some apprehension. With more than 45 unique offerings, the conference is jam-packed with sessions, keynotes, and other activities. Here are a few helpful tips to make the most of the 9th Annual Research Development Conference!

  1. Register or renew your NORDP membership. NORDP members receive a discount on conference registration that equates to the annual dues. After you have registered be sure to subscribe to the NORDP listserv.
  2. Consider registering for a pre-conference workshop. It makes for an immersive experience! Since most pre-conference workshops include group work and accommodate a limited number of attendees, you will have many opportunities to get to know your fellow workshop attendees.
  3. Sign up for a networking dinner even if you do not know the host. These dinners are a great opportunity to meet RD professionals and strengthen existing relationships. Keep an eye on your email, networking dinners will be organized before the conference.
  4. Write down three goals for yourself at the conference. Really, write them down. Whether you want to make a connection at a peer institution, identify models of supporting NSF CAREER proposals, or get advice about your own career path, recording your goals will help you be intentional and focused.
  5. Tentatively select the presentations that you would like to attend during the concurrent sessions ahead of time. Your goals may help drive your selections and the pillars (Hot Topics, LDRD, and RD Fundamentals) can serve as a guide.
  6. Don’t be shy about introducing yourself! Bring plenty of business cards and greet everyone at your table during seated meals. The connections and conversation stemming from these introductions will be worth it.
  7. Talk to the vendors. RD professionals are uniquely positioned to advise on RD tools and services provided by conference sponsors. It is helpful to know what solutions exist. Even if you do not have budget signatory authority, you can still bring valuable information back to your institution.
  8. Make a point to spend time at the Idea Showcase, a poster presentation session that coincides with the Sponsor Demonstrations and Reception. Your fellow RD professionals will be excited to share their projects with you.
  9. Commit to follow up on at least three items within a week. As the conference concludes, you will be filled with ideas and inspiration. Take advantage! Before you head home, commit to follow-up on at least three items within one week. You will be glad you did!

See you in Colorado!

Conference Marketing Committee

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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.

NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop Highlight: A Research Development Professional’s Guide to Community-Engaged Research

#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.
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A Research Development Professional’s Guide to Community-Engaged Research

Have you wondered what you need to know to assist faculty with engaging the community and developing competitive proposals that include community engaged research?

Have you been approached by a researcher who needs to include community input on a grant proposal but has no idea where to start to engage the community?

Do you wonder if your institution has the necessary expertise and infrastructure to support community – engaged research?

The 2017 NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop entitled:  “A Research Development Professional’s Guide to Community-Engaged Research” will provide research development professionals (RDPs) with an opportunity to increase their working knowledge about community engaged (CE) research.  Presenters will focus on five community engaged research topics including: partnerships, budgets, resources/tools, training and institutional considerations.  A pre-conference survey will assess CE research knowledge, perceptions, and current activities and will help shape workshop content. A collective SWOT analysis will frame CE research from a RDP perspective, highlighting areas where RDPs can make significant contributions and where furture professional development opportunities could be most beneficial.   Case studies will illustrate examples of community engaged research and resources / tools that facilitate community engaged research and community engagement.

About the Facilitators:

Tiffany L. Israel, MSSW, is the Translational Research Coordinator/Community Navigator for the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.  In this role, she manages the implementation of the Community Engagement Studio model, a forum for community members to better inform research practices.  She serves as a co-instructor for the Vanderbilt Medical School and supports the development of community engaged research by conducting institutional seminars and guest lectures on best practices for partnering with community to improve the field of research.  Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Ms. Israel, a trained facilitator, gained more than 15 years of experience working in and with the Nashville community most recently as the Director of Programs and Resource Development for the Neighborhoods Resource Center and the Associate Executive Director for St. Luke’s Community House.

Ms. Israel has a Master’s degree in Social Work and Community Practice from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelors of Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University.

Yvonne Joosten, MPH, has an extensive background in population and community health, with expertise in community and patient engagement, community outreach, community development and building academic-community research partnerships. As the executive director of the Office for Community Engagement in the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health she provides input on the institution’s community and public health strategic initiatives related to education, research, outreach and service. Since its inception in 2007, Ms. Joosten has led the creation and management of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core, part of the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. She has overseen the creation and implementation of infrastructure and resources to support the planning and implementation of robust community engaged research and mutually-beneficial, sustainable academic-community research partnerships. Ms. Joosten’s work in the academic setting is informed by over 30 years of experience with community based providers and advocacy organizations that serve diverse populations impacted by health disparities. She maintains strong relationships with local community leaders and has developed an extensive network of academic partners, resulting in a unique ability to effectively broker academic-community research partnerships.

Ms. Joosten has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.

Kim Littlefield, Ph.D., currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research Development and Learning (http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/research/rdl/) at the University of South Alabama (USA).  In addition to the other responsibilities of this role, Dr. Littlefield facilitates the creation of collaborative research partnerships.  She is a Co-Investigator on USA’s Translational Research Services Center (TRSC) award, which established USA as a partner institution in the eleven member partner network associated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham CTSA award – the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).  As a Co-Investigator on the TRSC project, Dr. Littlefield serves on the national CTSA Collaboration / Engagement Domain Task Force and on the Metrics/Evaluation working group.  In this role, her partnership building efforts have gravitated towards local and regional community engaged research activities.  As a university administrator, Dr. Littlefield’s community engagement research partnership building activities focus on developing institutional infrastructure to connect community and academic partners and showcase community-academic partnerships and projects in searchable, dynamic, and real-time ways.  Dr.  Littlefield’s goals for future community engaged research work include finding creative ways to translate university compliance infrastructure to the community, including human subjects training, IRB review, and grants management capabilities.  She brings an institutional perspective to the evolving discussion about how research development professionals can best apply their expertise and resources to facilitate community engaged research activities.

Click HERE for full information and to register.

Stay tuned for more workshop previews! In the meantime, you can see full descriptions of each workshop HERE.

Each workshop takes an interactive, hands-on approach, introducing new tools, techniques and training to incorporate these tools into your research development activities. Workshops will also provide opportunities for networking through small group discussion and interaction.

Workshop sizes are limited, so please register early. For questions or additional information, please contact Kari Whittenberger-Keith. We hope you to see you in the workshops!

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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.

2017 Conference Cameo: Kimberly Eck

#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.
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Who: Kimberly Eck, Director of Research Development
Where: University of Tennessee
Number of years in research development: 8
Length of NORDP membership: 2
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 2
How do you unwind? Taking my Boston Terriers for a walk.

As a first-generation college student, I would have never predicted that I would one day have a PhD and be serving as an administrator in an institution of higher education. Like many research development professionals, my understanding of and career in research development have evolved greatly since I started. I am thrilled toeck_pic share more about my background and the value I found in NORDP.

I started working in research development in 2009 when I joined a small consulting firm whose clients came from the health care and public health arena. I was able to leverage my academic background (my PhD is in epidemiology) while working with diverse clients from federally-qualified health centers, to state departments of health, to multi-hospital health systems. It was an intensive introduction to grants, federal funding, and more.

In 2013, I joined the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (SUNY). I worked across all disciplines and with even more funders. I was excited to work outside of my comfort zone. As a part of this role, I convened and actively participated in faculty-led workshops and other meetings.

During one of these workshops, a guest speaker – Michael O’Rourke – scribbled five letters on a piece of scrap paper. He handed it to me and asked, “Do these letters mean anything to you?” “N-O-R-D-P,” I read. No, they didn’t. Of course, I quickly googled NORDP and was ecstatic to find this fantastic group of research development. Finally, I found my people!

I attended my first Annual NORDP Conference in 2014. It was incredible! Everyone I met was genuinely interested in learning, sharing, and advancing and legitimizing the field of research development. I had never felt so welcomed by a professional organization before. I started the conference knowing 1 person and left the conference with meaningful contacts at more than 30 institutions. My 2015 conference experience was even better.

Now as the Director of Research Development at the University of Tennessee, I’ve encouraged my team and others to attend the 2017 Annual NORDP Conference. I am most excited to share early results from a research project sanctioned by the NORDP Board of Directors to characterize the field of research development. (Be on the lookout for our brief survey!)

If you are new to research development or to NORDP, my advice is to join the group dinners and breakfast discussions. You never know who you’ll meet. Just make sure to bring extra business cards!

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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

NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop Highlight: Crowdfunding and Social Media

#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.
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Crowdfunding and Social Media: New Paths to Raise Funds and Visibility for Research

As traditional sources of research funding become more and more competitive, faculty members are seeking new ways of raising funds for their projects. Scholars and universities alike have become interested in harnessing the crowd to raise both funding and visibility for their initiatives. But it is difficult to know where to start in this uncharted terrain! Participants in this workshop will learn how to develop and run a crowdfunding campaign for academic research, and will learn the mechanics and skills necessary to teach faculty this emerging form of research funding.

About the Facilitators:

Jai Ranganathan

Jai is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara, and Director of #SciFund Challenge, a nonprofit organization that empowers scientists to shrink the gap between science and society. He has taught classes on research engagement and crowdfunding, outreach, academic poster design, video production, and social media for scientists at universities and colleges across the country.

Barbara Louise Endemaño Walker

Barbara has been the Director of Research Development for the Social Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) since 2007. She is responsible for catalyzing research innovation and excellence among social scientists and interdisciplinary teams, as well as strategic planning for campus diversity initiatives. She is also the co-author of a forthcoming book from Routledge Press on strategic research proposal writing for the humanities and social sciences.

Click HERE for full information and to register.

Stay tuned for more workshop previews! In the meantime, you can see full descriptions of each workshop HERE.

Each workshop takes an interactive, hands-on approach, introducing new tools, techniques and training to incorporate these tools into your research development activities. Workshops will also provide opportunities for networking through small group discussion and interaction.

Workshop sizes are limited, so please register early. For questions or additional information, please contact Kari Whittenberger-Keith. We hope you to see you in the workshops!

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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.

2017 Conference Cameo: Michael Spires

#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.
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Who: Michael Spires, Principal Proposal Analyst
Where: University of Colorado Boulder
Number of years in research development: 11
Length of NORDP membership: 6
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 6
How do you unwind? Reading, movies, cooking, Civilization V

I’ve been working in research development since the fall of 2006, when David Stone, a NORDP past president, hired me at Northern Illinois University. Since then, I’ve worked at the Smithsonian Institution and, for the last three years, at the University of Colorado Boulder, where I’m one of only a few individuals doing research development. (I like to think of myself and my small cadre of colleagues as the wedge that’s leading the way to a lot more.)

My job is a blended one: I have both research development and researchdsc_0783 administration functions. That’s been the case with most of my jobs in this field, except at the Smithsonian, where I was exclusively focused on research and proposal development.

Although I’ve only been a NORDP member myself for six years, I can honestly say I’ve been in the know about NORDP since its inception, since Dave Stone was one of the people who got the organization off the ground, and he routinely sang its praises to me and my colleagues in his office. I formally joined the organization in around 2011, and I’ve been serving as a member of NORDP’s Board of Directors since 2014. This year, I’m the NORDP vice president/president elect, and also the conference chair.

The annual conference is a great opportunity—whether you’re brand-new to NORDP and research development, or whether you’re an old pro. This is where you come to meet your people—the folks who know what it is you do without lengthy explanations, and who can share war stories and best practices with you, help you make connections, and even get involved with NORDP and its day-to-day operations.

To get the most of out a NORDP meeting, plan ahead! Look at the session lineup, and find the two or three talks each session that you want to attend. (Then try to find friends or colleagues who can attend the sessions you can’t go to, and share notes.) Go to the receptions and the Idea Showcase—it’s a great opportunity to mix and mingle, and meet new people. Sit next to someone new, or invite someone not from your office to your table, during breakfast or lunch. Sign up to attend (or host!) a networking dinner: another great way to meet new colleagues and learn new things, while also getting the chance to explore outside the conference hotel.

 

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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