A Message from the NORDP President

As we begin a new NORDP program year, we have a lot to be excited about!

Our membership continues to reach its highest ever numbers (over 1,150 members), and our 14th Annual (virtual) Conference was packed with outstanding content and a record number of attendees (over 800). 

Our committees and volunteers have been working hard to provide new content and services for members, including new affinity groups, a new member orientation guide, early planning for a NORDP journal, new content available in our learning management system, dozens of professional development webinars and events, new partnerships with other professional societies, a monthly newsletter, and much, much more.

The Committee for Inclusive Excellence recently conducted an organizational-wide climate survey. Survey results will inform continued efforts to improve NORDP’s culture of inclusion and support for diversity in all its forms.

And there is much more ahead for this coming year. Here are some of the priorities the board and officers will be supporting:

  • Proposed changes to the bylaws that will make eligibility to serve on the board more inclusive. (Join us for a July 29 town hall to learn more!)
  • Developing and implementing a new strategic plan
  • Focus on building NORDP’s organizational infrastructure and financial stability
  • Increasing NORDP’s capacity for partnerships (including federal funding)
  • More resources to fund our growing operations and services (partially supported by a $30 dues increase)
  • Ongoing work to identify and improve NORDP policies (thank you Policy Task Force!)
  • Piloting a second large annual event (e.g., a virtual conference) to complement our annual in-person conference

We have four outstanding new board members joining this year–Rebecca Latimer (University of Virginia), Jessica Moon (Stanford University), Kimberly Patten (University of Arizona), and Samar Sengupta (UT Southwestern Medical Center). Each has been a dedicated NORDP leader and volunteer, and we are delighted to add their energy and enthusiasm to the board.  We will miss the contributions of outgoing board members Etta Ward and Paul Tuttle and Immediate Past President Kimberly Eck. Thank you for your dedication and service to NORDP and the RD profession

I want to thank Jill Jividen, our Immediate Past President, for her exceptional leadership during a very difficult year. I continue to learn so much from her and look forward to working with her, our new Vice President Nathan Meier, returning Secretary Joanna Downer, and returning Treasurer Eva Allen. I could not wish for a better leadership team!

I also want to express my sincerest gratitude to the many volunteers and committee co-chairs who make NORDP such an energetic and empowering organization. Without your efforts, NORDP could not provide all the services and professional development opportunities that make our organization great. 

Finally, I would like to thank our FirstPoint Management Resources partners Laura Nakoneczny and Arielle Stout, whose day-to-day organizational management efforts keep NORDP running.

As in previous years, NORDP’s leadership team will continue to be accessible to members. Please reach out to me (president@nordp.org) or Nathan (vp@nordp.org) at any time. We will continue to hold periodic town halls and listening sessions throughout the year. Please watch your email and subscribe to NORDP listserv(s) and the NORDP News Blog for relevant NORDP and RD news.

I look forward to working with you this year and hope to see you in Crystal City in May for our in-person annual conference!

Launch of Task Force Focused on Improving NORDP Policies

The NORDP Board of Directors is asking you to join a task force focused on improving NORDP policies.

As a growing organization, NORDP may lack some policies and processes for the operation and sustainability of the organization. In addition, there may be unintentionally biased content that can be updated and improved toward a more inclusive culture across NORDP.

We recognize that these gaps in policies and procedures potentially increase the risk to NORDP’s long-term success as an organization. The work of this task force will be to address gaps, update language, and recommend new policies. The task force will be asked to pay specific attention to integrating inclusivity throughout all policies and processes.

The Board of Directors, under the direction of Board Champions, is inviting you and other NORDP member volunteers to review current policies, identify inadequacies or needed policies and compose relevant policies that reflect our aspirational culture and activities in order to create a more responsive and sustainable association. Specifically, we are asking the task force to:

  • Gather a diverse membership together to influence the organizational direction.
  • Ensure that our organization reflects the values of our membership.
  • Intentionally inform the transparent and collaborative governance of our organization.

The Board Champions imagine that this work will require one planning/design meeting and one hackathon event to be held in late February 2022 (there is flexibility), with subsequent edit and review of documents by all committees in March.

Task force members will be expected to self-organize, with the assistance of the Board Champions, design the events such that they are inclusive of all voices and experiences, and reflect a commitment to DEI/DEIB practices throughout.

If you are interested in joining this important work, please complete the interest form here: https://forms.gle/PUVtMAv2StGqP5vZ8.

Entering your information will put you on the contact list. You will be able to volunteer at any time, for any aspect of the task force work, and there are no restrictions or expectations for participation.

If you have questions, please email Faye.Farmer@asu.edu.

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 New Board Member Cameo – Antje Harnisch

Who: Antje Harnisch, Assistant Vice Provost for Research

Where: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Number of Years in RD:  RA and RD 20+

Length of NORDP Membership: 5 years

When and how did you enter the field? What kind of RD work do you do?

I entered the field through Research Administration 20-plus years ago. I spent the first 15 years at a land-grant R1 university, and I’ve been at a small technical university for the past seven years. There I have helped set up a research development office (RSI), participated in recruitment efforts, mentored the hires, and facilitated attempts at defining roles and responsibilities between OSP and RSI. Our team helps faculty with their proposals, provides training, and runs internal grant opportunities and limited submissions. 

What’s your history with NORDP? How have you engaged with the organization?

I have participated at the regional level for a number of years and have been involved at the national level for the past four years. I have presented at a regional conference, and we have hosted one at WPI, which was a great experience. It was truly a pleasure to work with Northeast NORDP leadership to put the conference together and arrange logistics to make the event a success. I’ve also participated in leadership roundtables and found them consistently informative and inspiring exchanges of information, experiences, best practices, and last but not least, a sense of community. I always went away with new ideas and feeling a sense of belonging. 

What relationships have you built as a result of NORDP ?

I’ve appreciated the role that NORDP has played in representing and shaping this profession. I have been consistently impressed with the colleagues that make up the group and the programming the organization provides. NORDP colleagues have proven to be a wonderful resource for me professionally and kindred spirits on a personal level too.

What are you most excited about as a board member?

I appreciate sitting on the NORDP board as an opportunity to learn and grow through working with and learning from colleagues who I respect and with whom I share passions, goals, and values. I’m excited about contributing to the implementation of the current strategic plan and engage in future strategizing to move NORDP and the profession into the future.

Compiled by Sharon Pound, Communications Working Group

NORDP New Board Member Cameo – Melinda Laroco Boehm

Who: Melinda Laroco Boehm, Director, Office of Research Development

Where: University of California, Merced

Number of Years in RD: 6.5

Length of NORDP Membership: 6.5

When and how did you enter the field? What kind of RD work do you do?

I came into RD just after completing my Ph.D. in Medical Sociology (2014). Given we were a military family, we had orders for an international move just a few months after I completed my degree, so I purposefully delayed entering the job market. Looking back, I am grateful to have been afforded the time to really look for what I wanted to do and contribute, which was somewhere in the vicinity of an intersection of research, a deadline-driven environment, community engagement, and strategic initiatives. After those international orders were changed to California, I saw just the opportunity for what I wanted to pursue: Research Development. At UC Merced, we are a centralized unit, supporting all schools and organized research units in strategic grantseeking, proposal development support to faculty researchers, and initiatives to grow our research enterprise.

What’s your history with NORDP? How have you engaged with the organization?

You could say my career in RD aligns exactly with my time in NORDP. The NORDP 2015 Conference in Bethesda was (technically) my first day on the job. After driving for three days on a cross-country move, I interviewed at UC Merced the day after we arrived in California. Susan Carter was conference co-chair at the time and thought it was perfect timing for me to fly back cross country to the conference. It was there I met most of my new colleagues.

Since then I’ve remained active on the Professional Development Committee. I’ve attended every conference since 2015 and participated in the annual conferences in numerous capacities: Conference Planning Committee, mentee activities, workshop facilitations, panel discussions, roundtable discussions, and participation in Implicit Bias Training (2019). Over the past year I’ve remained PD Committee Co-Chair, engaged in Conversation Roadblock Sessions, presented at our Pacific Region Meeting, contributed to the CCC Task Force, and am currently in the LEAD Peer Mentoring Group. I also fully support (and encourage) my staff to contribute and participate in any capacity for the organization.

What relationships have you built as a result of NORDP?

I’ve built myriad relationships as a result of NORDP. Former colleagues have become my conference workshop co-presenters and dear friends. I’ve created my own version of a Board of Advisors made up of my peers/peer mentors, and their counsel, strategic advice, and sarcasm have helped me redirect my focus many times and solve challenges in positive and meaningful ways.

What are you most excited about as a board member?

I’m excited to better understand the infrastructure and governance aspect of the Board. If you know me, you’d know I am detail-oriented with a fondness (understatement) for organization, so I am looking forward to that aspect.

However, I’m most excited about meeting more NORDP members, hearing their thoughts and ideas, and helping to serve as a catalyst in elevating their innovative ideas to create effective (and sustainable) change. As a collective, NORDP members are some of the most innovative and strategic thinkers I’ve ever known, and I want to help ensure we are meeting the needs and interests of our members in a helpful, culturally-competent, and mission-driven way.

Compiled by Sharon Pound, Communications Working Group

NORDP New Board Member Cameo – Lisa Lopez

Who:   Lisa Lopez, Senior Research Development Officer

Where:   College of Health and Human Development, California State University, Fullerton

Number of Years in RD:  7

Length of NORDP Membership:   6

When and how did you enter the field? What kind of RD work do you do?

I entered RD after completing my postdoc. I was looking for an alternative career away from the typical research scientist trajectory, but I knew I still loved working in academia. The problem was that I didn’t have anyone in my network who could help me navigate a transition outside of the laboratory. When looking for jobs, I found various RD opportunities, but I had no clue if I would even be qualified for such a position. After a quick Google search, I found the NORDP website with information on the responsibilities of a “research development professional.” I read all I could find about this “new” profession and found that it was indeed something I was qualified for and could find rewarding. Most importantly, I found a community of folks who, while working at their own institutions, had a shared passion for RD and supported each other along the journey.  I started to apply for RD jobs and was fortunate to land at a local Cal State, where I’ve been ever since.

In my current role, I perform RD duties at the college level as a member of the Dean’s senior leadership team.  I work closely with my colleagues in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects to put on grant-related trainings for faculty, and I work as part of the Pre-Award team for my college to help faculty submit proposals.  In my college, I focus on faculty development.  I provide guidance to help faculty position themselves for success in their research and as they seek external funding, and I develop and manage several college programs to support faculty research.  I am also involved in a college task force aimed at increasing the hiring and retention of diverse faculty. 

What’s your history with NORDP? How have you engaged with the organization?

I joined NORDP in 2015.  I started to attend the annual meetings and presented a poster in Colorado in 2017.  In 2020, I increased my engagement with NORDP and joined the Nomination Committee.  This was such a worthwhile experience, and I encourage anyone looking to get started in volunteer work with the organization to consider joining NomCom.  Committee work gave me insight into the organizational structure of NORDP and also exposed me to the skills and experiences of the Board candidates.  It was through my work on NomCom that I was able to see myself as a future member of the NORDP Board. 

What relationships have you built as a result of NORDP?

NORDP members are such a supportive and engaging group.  When I was new to RD, I really appreciated going to the annual conference and meeting and learning from members who had been in the field a lot longer than me.  I’ve also been fortunate to meet some really awesome members as part of the Nomination Committee.  This year, I’m taking part in the Mentorship Program as both a mentor and a mentee.  So far, I’ve really enjoyed the experience, and I’m incredibly thankful to have already met so many new folks as a participant in this summer’s Celebrating Mentoring Days.   

What are you most excited about as a board member?

NORDP is growing and changing, and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to be part of the leadership that will help shape what our organization looks like in the coming years as we prepare to develop our next strategic plan.  I’m also eager to meet more members and learn how others enhance their professional development and how institutions support the profession.  I’m interested in exploring the different models of RD at institutions and how NORDP can best meet the needs of our members in varied RD roles and from diverse backgrounds.  NORDP is now over 1,000 members strong, and it’s an exciting time to be involved in this organization.  I can’t wait to see what we all can accomplish in the years ahead!

Compiled by Sharon Pound, Communications Working Group

NORDP New Board Member Cameo – Nathan Meier

Who: Nathan Meier, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research

Where: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Number of Years in RD: 18

Length of NORDP Membership: 10

When and how did you enter the field? What kind of RD work do you do?

Like many NORDP members, I followed a circuitous route to the profession. Following undergraduate study, I farmed full-time with my family for two years before going on to earn a Master of Technical and Professional Communication from Auburn University—the only place in the country where that specific degree is offered. I started out wanting to be an English professor but changed my focus as I learned more about the challenges of the tenure track once I began my graduate work. My first semester at Auburn, I ended up in a principles of technical communication course and really enjoyed the experience because it gave me a chance to meld my interests in writing and technology. The MTPC program was a great fit for me and felt like an applied English degree. During my final semester at Auburn, I audited a class called “The Proposal as Genre and Argument,” and it was another natural blend of my interest in writing, rhetoric, literature, and technology. When I returned to Nebraska after graduating, I applied for a proposal writing position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and have been in RD ever since. I did not set out to be in this field, but the skills I brought and learned and my natural interests led me here. I am grateful to have the opportunity to add value to faculty-led projects on our campus.

My current position is focused on faculty and institutional success especially as they relate to external funding competitiveness. My RD portfolio of work involves providing strategic direction for our proposal development, external faculty recognition and awards, and research impacts programs. I also get involved with many special projects for our vice chancellor and our campus (e.g., efforts related to diversity and inclusive excellence, federal relations, pursuing the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, etc.). I also have become heavily involved with our institution’s pursuit of grand challenges. 

What’s your history with NORDP? How have you engaged with the organization (committee work, conferences attended/presented)?

I started out as a listserv lurker and became a member after a couple of years. I joined the conference planning committee in 2015 as an abstract reviewer and then got involved with conference marketing. I later joined the nominating committee and was eventually designated as its chair. I basically helped out wherever I could starting with a variety of little projects and scaffolded toward increased responsibilities over time. I have been a mentor as well. Following an invitation from the board, I threw my hat in the ring to fill out the remaining portion of a departing board member’s term in 2019. During my two years serving as an appointed board member, I felt like I found my niche with NORDP and realized there is more I could do, so I decided to run for a full four-year term.

Over the years, we had been hearing from members that NORDP needed more intentional pathways to advance organizational leaders. We needed to find ways to help members become engaged members and ultimately committee leaders and then, hopefully, candidates for the board. I worked with Jan Abramson, Katie Shoaf, Mady Hymowitz, and Karen Fletcher to stand up the NORDP Leadership, Engagement and Development (LEAD) Initiative. This program, which is still evolving, is designed to nurture organizational leaders and help NORDP members cultivate their own individual careers. 

I also been working with other NORDP colleagues for the last couple of years to expand the recognitions available to NORDP members and our external champions of RD. We want to recognize and reward the important, impactful contributions our colleagues are making and ensure they capture the attention of our members.  

What relationships have you built as a result of NORDP?

The RD community is at its core a very strong network, and NORDP is its backbone. We openly share knowledge to help our faculty and institutions succeed. Our “back of the house” support allows our nation’s research enterprise to thrive and achieve its goal, which, from my perspective, is to help improve the human condition. 

NORDP is an incredible crucible in which we can mix with others from around the world and from a variety of organizational types. I appreciate the free and open exchange of ideas we enjoy from which you can pick and choose what works best for your individual context. For example, I have learned and adapted a great deal from my colleagues at PUIs and MSIs that is helpful in my RD work at Nebraska, which is a comprehensive research, land-grant institution.

For the last few years, I have really come to value a collection informal peer mentoring groups formed by NORDP members with shared interests and goals. I get to connect with colleagues from all ranks and from a variety of institutional types. It is wonderful to know that I have many great colleagues across the country with whom I can spitball ideas and get frank, helpful feedback.

What are you most excited about as a board member?

I think that NORDP is at an inflection point. We now have 1,100 members, and we need to sustain the organization and position it for a dynamic future. The fact that our membership continued to grow during the pandemic is incredible. I am excited about the climate survey that the Committee on Inclusive Excellence is launching to help us determine what we can do better and inform strategies to make sure NORDP is a place welcoming to all. I am excited to see how we deliver on our current strategic plan as it comes to an end next year and think about how we will reflect and plan for the next stage by continuing to innovate and remain relevant to the RD community.

RD has come a long way since NORDP began. We are moving away from mostly experimentation and anecdotal evidence about what works to having colleagues laying RD down as a field through rigorous study. I hope we learn how to work smarter not harder in the RD space as a result of our colleagues’ research results. 

I am also very excited about the LEAD Peer Mentoring Group that Jan Abramson, Karen Fletcher, Katie Shoaf, and Mady Hymowitz are facilitating. We are seeing many new faces in NORDP and the profession—and this is captured well in the group’s participants. I view that as a sign of NORDP transitioning with new players coming to the table, and I hope that they will emerge as the next generation of contributors and leaders—both within NORDP and to RD.

Compiled by Daniel Campbell, Member Services Committee

NORDP New Board Member Cameo – Carolynn Julien

Who: Carolynn Julien, Associate Director of Research Administration

Where: Hunter College, City University of New York

Number of Years in RD: 33

Length of NORDP Membership: 8

When and how did you enter the field? What kind of RD work do you do?

I stumbled into the RD field to be honest. Early in my career, I saw a posting for a position that sounded interesting. I thought it would be a good fit as I enjoyed writing and I worked well on teams. I figured it was worth a shot and I have been working in the same office here at Hunter College CUNY for the same boss ever since.

We are a PUI and our services run the gamut. We are truly a soup to nuts operation. We work with Junior Faculty to find the funding as well as to develop and submit proposals. We also work with senior faculty and everyone in between. Our office is a central one that supports faculty in all of the schools encompassing Arts & Sciences, Social Work, Nursing and Education.  

What’s your history with NORDP? How have you engaged with the organization?

I have been to two in person conferences (DC and Austin) as well as the most recent virtual one, but the majority of my involvement in the past was via the mentoring component of NORDP. I received a mentor in 2013 and we have continued our connection all these years later.  

I began to increase my engagement during the early part of the pandemic. I decided that I wanted to give back more, and I became a mentor to four individuals during the 2020-21 year. It was through this that I became involved with the Mentoring Committee. I recently gave a presentation during the Mentoring Lightning Storm entitled, From Silos to Success, during the 2021 conference. I discussed the mentoring system we have here that brings RD professionals together from all of the 25 CUNY system schools that has proven to be very effective. You can check it out here: https://nordp2021.gtr.pathable.com/meetings/virtual/BKmzcCgEwZcMQiH9T

I also served as a co-moderator on the Mentoring Across Differences presentation at this summer’s Mentoring Conference for NORDP. We expanded the definition of difference to speak about mentoring relationships and the beauty that these differences can add to these relationships. 

What relationships have you built as a result of NORDP?

There have been so many honestly and I have built many friendships. I really did not feel that connected to NORDP prior to the 2020-21 year. Engaging with fellow members allowed me to develop relationships, many of which have turned into true friendships. I am also part of an informal group that meets once a month, which formed from Conversation Roadblocks event with NORDP’s Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CIE). This group provides a combination of personal and professional development and serves a great opportunity to talk about differences. 

What are you most excited about as a board member?

I am really looking forward to the opportunity make a difference by having a seat at the table. I am also very interested in figuring out some of the tools, tips and knowledge that can be leveraged for PUI organizations like mine. I am excited to continue my involvement in mentoring and learn how to be able to mentor others who want a seat at the table as a board member. I am looking forward to having individuals who look like me understand that they too are welcome and their ideas & opinions matter. 

Compiled by Daniel Campbell, Member Services Committee

NORDP New Board Member Cameo – Jennifer Glass

Who: Jennifer Glass, Research Development Officer

Where: Office of Research Development and Administration, Eastern Michigan University

Number of Years in RD: 7

Length of NORDP Membership: 6

When and how did you enter the field? What kind of RD work do you do?

I actually came to RD from a research professor position. I studied cognitive function in various health and aging conditions at the University of Michigan and had lots of experience writing grants. I saw a job description and was looking for a change at the time. I had never heard of the field before, but it sounded like a good fit for my experience. 

I am the only person solely doing RD work in my office. I work with the entire campus and the bulk of my time is proposal and faculty development. Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is primarily a PUI and our faculty tend to have high teaching loads. My primary role is to facilitate and help in any way I can when faculty are seeking funding. 

What’s your history with NORDP? How have you engaged with the organization?

When I started at EMU my boss knew about NORDP and encouraged me join, even making it a part of my hiring package. I thought it sounded like a good idea since I was new to the field. I attended my first conference in 2015 and went to a roundtable about mentoring with the discussion focused on how to bring back the mentoring program (at that time, the old way of manually matching mentor-mentee pairs had become too onerous). I have been involved with the Mentoring Committee ever since and it has been great to see the growth in mentoring initiatives over the years. I have also been involved with the Committee on Inclusive Excellence for the past two years. 

I currently serve as the chair of the PUI Affinity Group, but with my seat on the board, I am stepping down as we put together a succession plan for the group. I am excited about a landscape survey we have just launched to get an idea of what RD looks like at PUI’s across NORDP. At many of the smaller institutions RD folks have similar roles, but they often have other roles in sponsored projects, pre-award or grants administration. The PUI group is interested in the concept of “building a culture of research” and what it means at PUI’s. If you are interested in learning more about this initiative, please contact Kara Luckey. 

What relationships have you built as a result of NORDP?

I could go on for days about the relationships I have built via NORDP. There is so much talent in our group. We would all be in our silos without the organization. For example, the PUI Affinity Group idea arose from a listserv posting. It has developed into a vigorous group working at PUI’s who are passionate about RD in those settings.  

I always get so much from the conference and I bring home new ideas and strategies every time. The conferences also give me insights about the RD enterprise itself. One of these ideas is how to reach out to colleagues on campus about communication of research to the general public which is an important aspect of our work. 

One of the best things about NORDP is how helpful everyone is. If you ever have a question you can pose it to the Listserv and you will have many answers in a few minutes. I appreciate the culture of NORDP. We could easily view each other as competitors, but there seems to be an understanding that the better the research the better for the field as a whole. 

What are you most excited about as a board member?

I am excited about seeing how the board works and being a part of the leadership at a point where we have had so much growth. We are changing how we manage ourselves due to the growth. NORDP is a very different organization than it was even just two years ago.  

I am also looking forward to getting to know the many accomplished people on the board. I continue to be passionate about PUI’s and I am glad to be a part of seeing how NORDP can help these types of institutions in the future. 

Compiled by Daniel Campbell, Member Services Committee

A Message from NORDP’s President

NORDP President (2021-2022) Jill Jividen

It has been a challenging year for all of us–from a global pandemic, to a national reckoning with racial injustice, to political turmoil. We have experienced anxiety, uncertainty, fear, frustration, exhaustion; some of us have experienced tremendous loss. We have tapped into enormous wells of community and creativity and empathy and fortitude for our personal and professional well-being. We keep swimming.

While many institutions and organizations may face ongoing financial and other uncertainties wrought by the pandemic, I’m pleased to assure you that NORDP has emerged from the year stronger than ever. We have sustained membership (nearly 1,100 members from more that 460 institutions) and recently enjoyed a high-energy virtual conference with a record number of attendees–more than 700–with revenue that will help us realize long-time, long-term goals. Our current priorities include:

  • developing programming for NORDP members at all professional levels–from those just entering RD to experienced members who are looking toward leadership advancement and institutional strategy;
  • providing resources and training to help members incorporate DEIB best practices in their RD work and professional goals;
  • doing the hard work and “heart work” (thank you, Etta Ward, for introducing me to that term!) of ensuring that NORDP is a diverse, welcoming and inclusive organization;
  • providing a pipeline and mentorship to encourage interest in and build confidence to pursue leadership roles in NORDP, and
  • improving communications, so members can know what programs and activities are available to them and use our website as a valuable tool for connection and resources.

Everywhere you look, NORDP is a hive of activity.

There are more reasons for optimism. Research Development continues to grow, and there are signs that the field will be critical to the success of our institutional research activities. The current administration has shown renewed vigor in funding research at the federal level, not only to address complex challenges (e.g., climate change, energy, infrastructure), but to keep the U.S. competitive globally in science and technology. The National Science Foundation (NSF) may see a new directorate and is anticipating a significant overall budget increase. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched the UNITE initiative toward ending structural racism, dedicating new funding to health equity research and efforts to diversify the scientific workforce, while continuing to roll out new multidisciplinary initiatives, like Bridge2AI. These new investments position RD professionals as essential staff, as we support researchers in pursuing funding, building effective teams and harnessing innovation for solutions.

This is an exciting time to be a Research Development professional, and no better time to engage with NORDP.

As the Board of Directors begins its new year, I want to express a heartfelt thank you to the outstanding directors who have wrapped up their service: Rachel Dresbeck, Jennifer Lyon Gardner, Jeri Hansen and Karen Fletcher. We are welcoming five new directors this month: Antje Harnisch, Jennifer Glass, Melinda Boehm, Carolynn Julien and Lisa Lopez; additionally, director Nathan Meier is returning for a new term.

I especially want to express gratitude to the MANY volunteers who make NORDP such a vibrant and rewarding community. Time is our most precious resource; thank you for giving yours to this organization.

Finally, I want to ensure that NORDP leaders are accessible to members. I will be offering opportunities for members to connect with me and other NORDP leaders via Zoom over the next year. Keep an eye on the NORDP events calendar for more information. And remember that you can reach out to me anytime at president@nordp.org.

Throughout the year, please make use of the listserv to ask your colleagues about RD and subscribe to the NORDP Blog for relevant NORDP and RD news.

I look forward to working with all of you in the coming year (and seeing you next spring in Bellevue, Washington)!

Sincerely, Jill Jividen

Jill Jividen, PhD
Director of Research Development
University of Michigan
Office of the Vice President for Research

Welcoming Six New Board Members

Dear NORDP members,

I am writing with some great news: we are welcoming 6 new NORDP Board members this year!

We want to welcome Nathan Meier, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and Antje Harnisch, Assistant Vice Provost for Research at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, who were elected to 4-year terms. Nathan returns to the Board for his first elected term after filling a vacated Board seat for the past three years. He has been active in many committees, especially the Nominating Committee and in the establishment of the LEAD program. Antje has contributed to the success of the NORDP Northeast Region and brings a wealth of institutional leadership experience. 

It’s critical that we have a robust and diverse Board to meet the needs of our members. The Board must listen to and represent many perspectives to serve research development professionals. To this end, we have appointed four additional new Board members. With focused intention, we deliberately identified diverse candidates from diverse institutions for these positions because we want all members to be able to see themselves on the Board and in other leadership roles throughout NORDP.

There were two vacancies from Board members who ended their board service early. To fill those vacated seat, we are welcoming Jennifer Glass, Research Development Officer at Eastern Michigan University and Melinda Boehm, Director of the Office of Research Development at University of California-Merced, who will each serve on the Board for three years. Jennifer will fill the Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) seat and Melinda will fill the at-large seat. Both have been active NORDP members since 2015. Jennifer is currently co-chair of NORDP’s PUI Affinity Group and has also been involved in the Mentoring Committee. Melinda has been serving as Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee. 

We are delighted to announce that Carolynn Julien, Associate Director of the Office of Research Administration at Hunter College – CUNY, and Lisa Lopez, Senior Research Development Officer in the College of Health and Human Development at California State University – Fullerton, will also join the board. Carolynn, a NORDP member since 2013, is a proud alumna of NORDP’s Mentoring program (serving as a mentor). Lisa joined NORDP in 2015 and serves on the Nominating Committee. 

We very much look forward to working with our new Board colleagues. 


Kimberly Eck, MPH, PhD
Associate Vice President for Research
Emory University

President 2020-2021
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.