November 2020 Summary Board Memo

The Board of Directors held their November Board meeting last week. We voted to approve investments that will strengthen our programs and support our members:

The Board approved an investment to strengthen and streamline the 1:1 Mentoring Program led by the Mentoring Committee.

With support from an external sponsor, the Board approved a member scholarship fund developed and administered by our Member Services Committee and Committee for Inclusive Excellence.

Look for more information about these programs coming soon.

A reminder that I, along with other NORDP Officers, am hosting a drop-in office hour once a month on the first Monday at 11am (eastern). You can find the link to office hours and other event on the NORDP calendar.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Eck

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

President 2020-2021
National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)
http://www.nordp.org

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.

October 2020 Summary Board Memo

The Board of Directors held their October Board meeting last week and annual retreat virtually last month. Below are a few highlights:

The Board prioritized three objectives that are critical to achieve in the upcoming year:

Objective 3.1 Make RD101 the signature training for all interested in RD. With a successful pilot of RD101 under our belts and given members’ substantial interest, we are turning out attention to ensuring that RD101 can be offered multiples times per year sustainably.

4.1 Create a plan toward inclusive excellence throughout the organization and 4.3 Define explicit structures for intentional access to opportunities within NORDP. Both of these objectives support our goal as articulated in the strategic plan to be a welcoming community that values excellence through diversity, inclusion and equity broadly considered. We have many volunteers from multiple committees developing plans in response to these objectives building on and amplifying the amazing work that the Committee on Inclusive Excellence already does.

I look forward to sharing updates on our progress in the future.

A reminder that I, along with other NORDP Officers, am hosting a drop-in office hour once a month on the first Monday at 11am (eastern). You can find the link to office hours and other event on the NORDP calendar.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Eck

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

President 2020-2021
National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)
http://www.nordp.org

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.

August 2020 Summary Board Memo

The Board of Directors held their August Board meeting this week. Below are a few highlights from the past month and upcoming events:

This month we launch RD101. Registration was filled within the first 20 minutes! We are working through this pilot and creating a sustainable plan to offer this program regularly. Thank you to everyone who has worked on this program!

We’ve wanted to find more ways to recognize our members, so we have created several new awards. You’ll hear more about this soon. Please be on the lookout for the call for nominations to honor exceptional members and programs.

We will continue to bring you our conference content virtually during Sept and Oct. We have had great turn out for these events! Huge thank you to all of the presenters and virtual conference organizers! Check out the NORDP calendar to register for all upcoming events.

Many of our regions are hosting regional events of all sizes from discussion groups to happy hours to conferences. If you’d like to know what your region to planning, reach out to the contact listed on the NORDP Regions webpage and subscribe to your region’s listserv.

A reminder that I, along with other NORDP Officers, am hosting a drop-in office hour once a month. These are typically the first Monday at 11am (eastern) however, September’s drop-in time has shifted due to the Labor Day holiday. You’re welcome to join me on Tuesday, September 8 at 11am (eastern).

Sincerely,

Kimberly Eck

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

President 2020-2021
National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)
http://www.nordp.org

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.

July 2020 Summary Board Memo

Dear NORDP members,

The Board of Directors held their July Board meeting this week. Below are a few highlights and upcoming events:

As I emphasized in my opening message to you, NORDP is deeply committed to creating an inclusive environment. Accordingly, we wanted to feature NORDP’s statement on diversity more prominently on our public website. Therefore, we have moved it to immediately follow our mission statement on the home page.

The third Conversation Roadblocks: A Dialogue with NORDP’s Committee on Inclusive Excellence and our first Virtual Idea Showcase – featuring posters and lightning talks – will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2020. If you have registered for the Virtual Idea Showcase remember to login to kistorm.com to browse content and join the event. Check out the NORDP calendar to register for all upcoming events.

We launched a webpage highlighting the NORD / InfoReady Research Grants which are sponsored InfoReady. You can find information there about all previously funded awards and upcoming deadlines.

The Professional Development Committee is looking for volunteers to help host our virtual events. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rebecca Latimer at rtl6m@virginia.edu.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Eck

Kimberly Eck, MPH, PhD
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research Development
University of Tennessee, Office of Research & Engagement

President 2020-2021
National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)
http://www.nordp.org
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 Board Member Cameo: Anne Maglia

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Who: Anne Maglia, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Where: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Number of Years in RD: 12
Length of NORDP Membership: 4.5

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

Prior to my role at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, I spent six years at the National Science Foundation, as a science adviser and program director. The majority of my work at NSF was RD related, things like helping people write grants and managing portfolios of funding.  Also, with my research in bioinformatics and evolutionary biology, I had my own successes in grant writing and funding.

My current position encompasses four main areas: research integrity, research administration, research communications, and research development. The RD core includes a small team that facilitates team science and large proposal development, runs faculty development events, and develops social media, written communication, and on-campus events about research.  We also oversee the internal seed funding programs and assign contracted grant writers for our faculty. In addition, I provide administrative oversight for about 24 centers and institutes.  As a certified project management professional (PMP), my background in project management comes out no matter what, especially as we work in RD to bring together groups of people strategically and efficiently.

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

When I first joined UMass Lowell, I saw so much opportunity to help the Research and Innovation group build our funding portfolio. I wanted to leverage my knowledge of federal agencies and funding priorities, and upon joining NORDP and reading more about RD, I worked with Julie Chen, my boss, the Vice Chancellor for Research to centralize and formalize our research development activities. It took about a year, and we created a new unit called Research Support Services and hired into four new positions.

My roles with NORDP largely include presenting at meetings and mentoring; I have two mentees this year. I’ve presented several times at NORDP’s annual conference and NE Region meetings, and my group co-hosted the virtual regional meetings this year. Since joining NORDP, I’ve generally become more active in advocating for research development; for example, I’ve developed a three-week summer writing course, several grant writing workshops, and a website with short videos such as “How to Talk to Program Officers,” and “How to Write Your Synergistic Activity Section” that have been well received

What relationships have you built as a result of NORDP (new colleagues, connections to institutions where you previously had no point of contact)?

My NORDP relationships have been built through involvement with the NE Region group, especially leaders like Kathy Cataneo who has been an incredible mentor to me, and meeting NORDP members like Sharon Pound at the annual conference. Sharon presented a poster on project management in RD, and I was so excited to see another PMP that we started talking immediately, and subsequently co-presented a workshop at the 2019 annual conference. Going to meetings, jumping into committees, giving collaborative presentations, and working in small groups has been very easy. Everyone in NORDP is so dang friendly and very supportive!

Presenting at the project management workshop with Sharon gave us both a lot of visibility. I met a lot of NORDP colleagues after that, which, as an introvert, is not very easy!  I’ve come to be an evangelist for using formalized project management skills in RD because of the opportunities it presents. There’s such a close link between RD and PM, and as careers shift, the project management skills can provide opportunities. This year I developed and taught a course in the UMass Lowell Project Management Certificate program on Project Management for Researchers, which had about 20 researchers and RD professionals enrolled.

What are you most excited about as a board member?

NORDP introduced me to the finer aspects of the field of research development. Although I had been doing RD, I didn’t know I was doing RD until I joined NORDP.  I want to help with outreach to other professionals who are doing RD but may not know about NORDP. I spent time as faculty at smaller institutions where people were doing RD without knowing it.  NORDP has further opportunities for inclusion and equity by reaching out to those schools where vice provosts, deans, center directors, project managers, and department chairs are doing the RD and could benefit from our NORDP community and resources.

While I haven’t been a member of NORDP for long, I felt that serving on the Board now, while my NSF experiences are still fresh in my mind and my relationships are still strong, provided a unique opportunity to build partnerships. There is a lot of overlap with the best practices promoted by NSF and NORDP, and we should explore opportunities to build closer connections with federal funders by collaborating with them on joint workshops, webinars, and trainings.

Compiled by Sharon Pound, Communications Working Group

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 Board Member Cameo: Michael Preuss

Who: Michael Preuss, EdD – Executive Director, West Texas Office of Evaluation and Research
Where: West Texas A&M University
Number of Years in RD: 16 years
Length of NORDP Membership: Nine years

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

I started in research development by writing proposals. I was administering a large federally-funded project and people began asking me to help them with proposals for other projects. My involvement in the field expanded from there although I have maintained involvement with proposal development all 16 years I have been involved with RD.Michael_Preuss_ Headshot (1)

At present, I am the Executive Director of an evaluation and research services unit. I provide external evaluation service for grant-funded projects, almost exclusively for Minority-Serving Institutions and on projects seeking to advance representation of females and minorities in STEM. To maintain a “case load” that will fund my position and entity, I continue to work in proposal development. I critique and even rewrite proposals for teams who are listing me as the proposed external evaluator. I also add the evaluation sections to these proposals. On my funded projects I offer advice about funders, can get involved in interactions with Program Officers, help teams form or expand collaborative networks, offer formative and summative assessment of processes, products, and outcomes, and suggest avenues to pursue in ancillary or future projects. I am also an active researcher. My research focuses on areas of change and need in higher education, again almost exclusively with or at MSIs.

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

I have presented frequently at conferences, participated in the mentoring program, served as a conference volunteer, been a conference “buddy” for first time attendees, and been a NORD grant awardee. I also proposed a research project in 2016 that involved negotiation with the NORDP board to gain access to information and permission to contact the membership to complete a survey. Two peer-reviewed publications have resulted from that effort and we are conducting some follow-on activity now that should provide data for a third article.

What relationships have you built as a result of NORDP?

I have many current relationships that originated at NORDP conferences. They span the continent and extend to Europe and the UK. These relationships have helped me learn about patterns and ideas used in a variety of contexts, provided opportunities for personal and professional growth, and have, in several cases, grown into collaborations. The ability to approach people at all levels of RD and interact with them has been a consistent and positive experience for me at the NORDP conferences. I look forward to meeting many more members while serving on the board.

What are you most excited about as a board member?

Learning and personal growth through board responsibilities and interaction with all the incredible people NORDP can place in your path, finding ways to help NORDP members be as equipped and effective as possible, and helping the organization adapt as it grows and flexes with the changes in our professional and personal environments.

Compiled by Daniel Campbell, Member Services Committee

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 from NORDP’s President

Hello NORDP!

EckThank you for the opportunity to serve you this year as NORDP’s next President. NORDP is at a critical point in our evolution as an organization. Earlier this year, NORDP crossed a major threshold with 1,000 active members and rolled out our new three-year strategic plan, but had to cancel the much-anticipated Annual Conference because of COVID-19. At the same time, a national conversation about racism has sparked a wide range of emotions, dialogue, and opportunities for change across the country.

In my opening message to you, I wanted to reflect on these events and think about the future.

As our organization grows, I want to emphatically reiterate NORDP’s statement on inclusiveness that we formally adopted nearly three years ago:

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 is deeply committed to creating an inclusive environment, but in order to live an anti-racist life, we must act, so we are continually looking for more ways to demonstrate these values. In the past month, for example, we asked proposers responding to our event management RFP to describe their organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity and how it is embodied in their work with clients and within their organization so that we can ensure that our event planner shares our values. We actively sought bids from minority-owned event management companies. We also launched a series called Conversation Roadblocks: A Dialogue with NORDP’s Committee on Inclusive Excellence, which provides a forum for conversation about current events that provides a safe space for our members to share their feelings, connect with colleagues, and suggest actions that we can take together and at our home institutions. I encourage you to join upcoming discussions, which you can find on the NORDP events calendar.

Looking ahead, our strategic plan calls for the development of a robust action plan toward inclusive excellence throughout the organization. I look forward to sharing the working group’s recommendations for NORDP so that we can act together in the near future.

Speaking of the strategic plan, in September 2019, the Board of Directors used the feedback from the membership survey to develop our next three-year strategic plan, which we formally adopted and began sharing with members in early 2020. To keep you informed of our progress, we created a new strategic plan website where working groups will post updates throughout the year. You will also be able to see the membership of each working group. If you’d like to get involved in an ongoing or future working group, please contact the champion identified.

After canceling the 2020 Annual Conference, the Board of Directors and I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the value of NORDP membership beyond the Annual Conference. We remain committed and even more enthusiastic about several objectives in the strategic plan that will bring value to members even when we cannot convene in-person.

Building on our years of successful programming and in addition to the 2020 conference content that we are bringing to you virtually, we are creating more coordinated, professional development content and programs for RD folks at all levels:

  • This year we will launch NORDP LEAD, a leadership development program that leverages peer mentoring groups.
  • This year we will launch RD 101, a new signature training, for early career RD professionals and those hoping to enter the field.
  • The mentoring program continues to serve members and evolve with more peer mentoring groups forming.
  • We’ve re-designed the Leadership Forum that will be a part of the 2021 Annual Conference.

And there’s more on the horizon: We will be planning to develop year-round content that will benefits members at all stages of their careers and exploring the possibility of RD certification or credentialing for RD professionals.

Before I wrap up, I want to thank our outgoing Board of Directors, Kathryn Cataneo, Karen Fletcher, David Stone, Kari Whittenberger-Keith. Your service to this organization has helped us grow in so many ways. Let me say welcome to our incoming Board of Directors members, Eva Allen, Anne Maglia, Anne Pascucci, and Michael Preuss, with whom I look forward to working. The biggest T-H-A-N-K  Y-O-U goes out to our dozens and dozens of members who volunteers their time in big and small ways to help NORDP achieves its mission.

Lastly, I want to keep in touch. Starting next month, I will be hosting monthly drop-in office hours with other members of the Executive Committee on the first Monday of the month at 11am EST/EDT. Keep an eye on the NORDP events calendar for the zoom link so you can access these monthly office hours.

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. If you have any questions or comments about NORDP and/or the Research Development field, just “Ask the President” by emailing president@nordp.org.

I look forward to working with all of you in the upcoming year!

Sincerely,

Kimberly Eck

Kimberly Eck, MPH, PhD
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research Development
University of Tennessee, Office of Research & Engagement
Blount Hall, 1534 White Ave, Knoxville, TN 37996-1529

President 2020-2021
National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)
http://www.nordp.org

 

New Board Member Cameo: Eva Allen

Who: Eva Allen, Assistant Director, Environmental Resilience Institute
Where: Indiana University
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?

I learned to write proposals to fund my graduate research in evolutionary biology, and after graduating, I shifted directly into a career at Indiana University in research development, initially as a one-person shop providing proposal support to my graduate department. When the VP for Research created a central team to support strategic proposals and faculty development, I joined the team as a research development specialist with a specialty in complex, team-based proposals. I eventually served as director of that team for a couple years, while also still working with teams developing proposals.Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Research 05.09

When one of those teams earned a 5-year internal “Grand Challenge” award, I accepted the position of assistant director for the initiative, which I still hold. Although less connected to proposal work in this role, I have had the privilege to experience the next phase of the grant process, helping a group of researchers implement their proposed plans to launch a “grand challenge” initiative, which has honed my skills as an administrator, and has given me valuable insight into the ways in which the articulation of a proposal’s project plan can impact post-award implementation. I have also been an active participant in the growing RD community of practice surrounding university-led Grand Challenges and other audacious research initiatives.

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

When I joined IU’s campus-level proposal team in early 2012, I had colleagues for the first time, and one of the first things they taught me was about the existence of NORDP. I joined immediately, and have attended every national and Great Lakes regional conference since then, several times as a presenter or panelist.

I became involved with NORDP’s Professional Development Committee in 2014, and shifted to the Pre-conference Workshops Committee when that function was split off before the 2015 conference. I learned the ropes as co-chair under Kari Whittenberger-Keith for the 2017 conference, and chaired that committee for the 2018 and 2019 conferences. In that role I also served as liaison to the Conference Organizing Committee for the 2018 and 2019 conferences. This year, I joined the core team organizing the 2020 conference with co-chairs Jill Jividen and Jenna McGuire, for which I led the workshops working group and served as liaison with the evaluation working group before the pandemic canceled the conference.

I am honored to have been elected to NORDP’s Board of Directors, and look forward to serving the organization in this new way.

What relationships have you built as a result of NORDP?

I knew from my very first conference that I’d found “my people.” Through NORDP conferences and committee work I’ve met so many people I consider to be not just acquaintances, but true friends. We share information, offer advice, follow each other’s careers, and look forward to seeing each other. I’ve also developed fond relationships with a couple of the people I’ve met through NORDP’s mentoring program, and still check in with them long after our formal year together has ended.

What are you most excited about as a board member?

Most of the committee work I’ve done for NORDP has been seasonal, so I’m looking forward to working with NORDP colleagues on a year-round basis. It’s an exciting time to be joining the board, as the organization begins to implement our new strategic plan, and also as COVID-19 has so dramatically shifted people’s approach to in-person work, which I think offers interesting opportunities both for the practice of research development and for NORDP as a geographically-dispersed organization.

Compiled by Daniel Campbell, Member Services Committee

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 Board Member Cameo: Anne Maloney Pascucci

Who: Anne Maloney Pascucci, Director Office of Sponsored Programs
Where: Christopher Newport University
Number of Years in RD: 20+
Length of NORDP Membership: 10+

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

I don’t know that I officially entered the field. Back in the early 2000’s I worked at Rhode Island College for the Research Administration office. There was very little engagement with faculty or encouragement for them to seek external funding. I took it upon myself to become familiar with state politicians and other public entities to bring “RIC” into the forefront and showcase our faculty’s efforts. I held proposal development sessions, collaborativePascucci 2020 Board Photoopportunities and gave my office a face. Since then, I have done similar work for Radford University and Christopher Newport University. While being the lead research administrator at a PUI, I also engage in RD. I have organized Collaborative Ecosystems Summits that brought various experts from around the state to discuss the other aspects of research, such as science communications, measuring impact and niche careers for students. I enjoy getting to know my faculty and their research. The best feeling is when you put them together with others who can develop a program with real impact. So, what kind of RD do I do?  Not official, make it up as I go, attempting to bring creative forces together to improve the human situation and its impact on the earth.

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

I believe my first conference was in 2010. I’ve been involved on and off with the Nominations Committee, the Enhancing Collaboration Working Group, PUI Working Group, have presented at multiple conferences and have been fortunate enough to have won a travel award twice. I consider myself to be an ambassador for NORDP to many peers from PUIs to R1s.

What relationships have you built as a result of NORDP?

Mark Milutinovich was the first, followed by Holly Falk-Krzesinski. She has been an incredible resource and I’ve roped Mark into doing some pretty terrific sessions with a wide variety of folks. Jeff Agnoli is someone that I rely on for advice and innovation. Susan Carter is always one to bring out the best in me. Jorja Kimball is near and dear to my heart and someone that I would not hesitate to reach out to for help. Karen Eck has been right down the road and a great inspiration to me.

It is funny how my NORDP engagement has come full circle. In 2006 I took NCURA’s Leadership Development Institute. In my cohort was Joseph McNicholas, Jeanne Viviani, Nancy Daneau, MaryBeth Curtain who are all now members. I have been preaching about NORDP to them for years with Joseph getting involved when he was at a PUI years ago. It was fun in Providence for us all to get together like a reunion!

 What are you most excited about as a board member?

I am so excited to be able to speak on behalf of NORDP with some leverage.  I’ve reached out to various groups as a member or thrown ideas out there for others to run with.  Now I feel like I can really make a difference encouraging membership diversity and growth. I sort of consider myself the underdog. In Rhode Island, RIC was sort of the “red haired middle child” that seemed to be overlooked. Christopher Newport University is very similar. It is in an extremely research rich environment with Jefferson Lab, NASA Langley, museums and NOAA all nearby. Somehow, we do get overlooked, but I make sure that our presence is known and that we are great collaborators. It takes a while to shift the self-image that an institution has and projects to the community. We are getting there and I like to think that I am playing a role in elevating the presence of CNU as a scholarly, research engaged institution.

Compiled by Daniel Campbell, Member Services Committee

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Register Now for Committee Roundtable, Rescheduled for July 24

NORDP has rescheduled the Committee Roundtable (technical difficulties on our first attempt) for Friday, July 24, from 11:00 – 12:30 EDT. (10:00 – 11:30 CDT, 9:00-10:30 MDT, and 8:00-9:30 PDT), to explain the many committee activities underway and how members can get involved. Register for the roundtable here (NORDP members only).

“NORDP depends heavily on volunteers, and it takes a lot of dedicated research development professionals to support our growing profession.  We hope NORDP members, especially our new members, will join us at this roundtable to find opportunities to contribute to that effort,” says Karen Fletcher, NORDP past president. “Regardless of where you are in your RD career, your expertise is needed. Veteran or beginner, title or no title, the diversity of our membership is what has enabled NORDP to grow so rapidly.”

Brief descriptions of the committees are included below, and each committee has created a poster to summarize their most recent activities, available here.

Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CIE) – Works to operationalize inclusive excellence within NORDP.

Member Services Committee (MSC) – Recruits and retains members, assesses member needs, and provides member benefits and services.

Mentoring Committee – Offers meaningful mentoring expertise, support, and resources.

Nominating Committee – Facilitates board nominations and the election process.

Professional Development Committee (PD) – Coordinates the development and delivery of training and resources for members.

Strategic Alliances Committee (SAC) – Builds mutually beneficial relationships with related organizations.

Additional information on NORDP committees can be found at the NORDP website, and upcoming committee meetings can be found at the NORDP online calendar.

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.