Four-Hour Workshops at NORDP 2020

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

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

The workshops listed below require pre-registration.

Conducting Competitive Intelligence in a University Setting

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

Incorporating Societal Impacts into Proposal Development (ARIS)

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

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

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

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

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

Team Science Takeoff: Tools to Support New Scientific Collaboration

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

Detailed information on these workshops is available here:

Conference registration opens on Tuesday, February 4th.  Visit the Conference program page for further information:


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

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

NORDP 2020 Conference Program Posted!

The NORDP 2020 conference program is now available HERE. Conference registration opens next week, on February 4th.

Monday, May 18th, will kick off with our keynote speaker, University of Texas at San Antonio President Taylor Eighmy, and continue as our long-format day, with 2-hour and 4-hour sessions running from 10 am until 5:45 pm. Seven Concurrent Breakout Sessions will be spread over Tuesday and Wednesday, consisting of 1-hour presentations, roundtables, and lightning talks. Our ever-popular Ideas Showcase will take place Tuesday evening, with dozens of informative posters, a meet-and-greet with Board candidates and tons of networking opportunities. Check out the offerings and start planning the attendance strategy that meets your interests and needs.

For logistical purposes, please note that Sunday, May 17th activities include the  Mentoring Meet-up at 3:30pm, followed by New Member Orientation, the Welcome Reception, and committee dinners. Working Committee Meetings will take place Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 pm. 

Conference registration opens February 4th. Announcements will be broadcast far and wide once registration is open. In addition, we’ll be sharing more details about speakers, workshops, and things to do in San Antonio over the next few months. Stay tuned!



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

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

Call for Nominations: 2020 Rising Star Awards

Members of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) are invited to nominate a colleague for a 2020 Rising Star Award by Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Created in 2016, the Rising Star Award is bestowed on up to three members annually in recognition of outstanding volunteer contributions to NORDP and strong potential for future contributions to the organization and/or the research development profession. Information about prior awardees is available here.

Recipients of the 2020 Rising Star Award will be announced at the 12th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference (May 17 to 20 in San Antonio, Texas). Awardees will be presented with a plaque and receive a waived registration fee for a future NORDP Annual Conference.

Nominee Eligibility: Any active NORDP member who has made significant volunteer contributions to the organization and who exhibits strong potential for future contributions is eligible for nomination. Contributions may include NORDP committee service, conference volunteerism, conference presentations, etc. Previous recipients of the Rising Star Award are not eligible.

Nominator Eligibility: Any NORDP member in good standing.

Nomination Process: Complete the nomination form available here. Describe why the nominee deserves Rising Star recognition. Summarize the nominee’s past and current contributions to NORDP, potential for future contributions to research development and/or NORDP, and commitment to excellence in research development. Also include a brief statement of 50 words or less to be used as a citation if the nominee is selected for the award.

Nomination Submission and Deadline: Submit completed nomination forms via email attachment to Nathan Meier, Board of Directors and Awards Task Force member, at no later than 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Please use the following subject line: “NORDP – 2020 Rising Star Nomination.”

Selection Process: NORDP’s Awards Task Force will solicit reviewers, summarize reviewer feedback, and forward recommendations for awardees to the Board of Directors. Nominations will be evaluated on the extent to which the nominees have served NORDP and the research development profession as documented by compelling evidence and testimonials provided in the nomination forms. The Board will select no more than three nominees for Rising Star Awards in any given year. Awardees are announced at the NORDP Annual Conference.

Save the Date!

NORDP Conference Registration Opens Feb. 4

As you make plans for a happy and prosperous New Year, don’t forget the 12th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference, set for May 17-20, 2020, in San Antonio, TX.

The program is being finalized, and presenters will soon be contacted.  The entire program will be available, along with registration information, on Feb. 4, 2020.

Hope to see you there, and Happy Holidays!


12th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference

Great Lakes Regional Meeting Introduces RD to NORDP Newcomers

The University of Michigan (U-M)  hosted the 2019 NORDP Great Lakes Regional Meeting on October 21 at the Michigan League in Ann Arbor. The full-day conference received 180 attendees representing more than 30 institutions and organizations across the region.

Chaired by Jill Jividen and Beth LaPensee, the conference featured sessions on topics such as sustaining interdisciplinary initiatives, measuring research impact, coordinating complex proposals and managing internal funding programs. A NORDP-NACRO Alliance, led by Don Takehara from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, resulted in three joint sessions around corporate relations, and Scott Hutcheson from the Agile Strategy Lab at Purdue University offered a three-hour Strategic Doing introductory workshop.


The event provided knowledge-sharing and networking that NORDP members always appreciate, and a welcoming first-time experience for prospective NORDP members.

“As a NORDP member for the past three years, I can really feel our networks deepening and expanding as a result of regional meetings like this,” said Allison McElroy, associate director for foundation relations at U-M and a volunteer at the event. “The smaller scale makes it easy to re-connect with NORDP members from other institutions, and I met a lot of first-time NORDP attendees as well—many of whom were already making plans to follow up with regional colleagues about specific meeting content, as well as sharing hopes to attend the annual conference in May.”

Jessi Bishop-Royse, senior research methodologist in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul University, found the sessions valuable: “This past week was the first time I have attended any meeting of NORDP. I was blown away by how useful it was.”

Martina Jerant, administrative coordinator for U-M’s Center for RNA Biomedicine and a certified workshop leader in Strategic Doing, also enjoyed her first NORDP experience: “The topics were so rich—I only wish I had more time to see them all! I really enjoyed speaking to colleagues within and outside of my institution. This was the perfect setting to share information, learn best practices and make connections. The speakers were informative and incredibly generous with their time and resources, and offered to stay connected with any future questions we might have.”

The 2019 Great Lakes Regional Meeting was sponsored by the U-M Office of Research, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) and InfoReady Corporation, an Ann Arbor software company. Available slide presentations will be stored on The Ohio State University’s Knowledge Bank.



Pacific Region VII Conference this Month! Still time to Register

Don’t miss the 2019 NORDP Pacific Regional Meeting in Davis, CA from October 24 to October 25, 2019. Register today.

We are “Leveraging Strengths in the West: Diversity, Excellence, and Partnership” during this 1st regional conference to extend your network, establish new partnerships, and learn best practices, processes, and more from research development colleagues from across the Western region.

This two-day conference event offers a regional setting and location to learn about:

  • 2019 NORDP national annual conference RD presentations and trends;
  • Key perspectives for long-term sustainability of RD operations;
  • Insights into current practices and strategies for complex proposal development;
  • Opportunities to enhance regional engagement and research collaborations; and
  • Career guidance and knowledge-sharing for professional development.

You do not need to be a NORDP member to attend. The meeting welcomes participants from all of Region VII, encompassing Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Eastern Russia, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries east of China.

The conference registration includes program materials, breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks on both days. An optional, no-host dinner sign-up will be offered on Day 1. The cost to attend both days is $111.

The agenda and more information regarding the event can be found at the following link,

See you this month!

Region VII Meeting
Planning Subcommittee

Reminder: Webinar on Abstracts Today! Not Too Late to Sign Up!!

The NORDP 2020 Conference Programming Committee is presenting a webinar on writing  successful abstracts for this year’s conference.  Learn how to craft a competitive abstract appropriate to the numerous presentation formats available.  We will do a deep dive into the current Call for Abstracts, which was released in August, as well as share tips for developing a strong abstract and conference presentation. Register here to attend today’s webinar  at 1:00 p.m. central time.


Developing a Strong Abstract for the 2020 NORDP Conference

Are you interested in presenting at the 2020 NORDP Conference in San Antonio, Texas? Whether for one- or two-hour sessions, Lightning Talks, the Idea Showcase, or Roundtables, your successful conference abstract submission is your opportunity to present at the conference and share your message with NORDP colleagues.

The NORDP 2020 Conference Programming Committee is presenting a webinar on writing successful abstracts for this year’s conference. You can register here for the webinar that will take place Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 1:00 p.m. central time.

Learn how to craft a competitive abstract appropriate to the numerous presentation formats available. This webinar is designed to engage all NORDP members, including those new to the field and to the organization, and will help ensure you can prepare a successful abstract.

We will do a deep dive into the current Call for Abstracts, which was released in August, as well as share tips for developing a strong abstract and conference presentation.

Time to get excited about sharing your experience and expertise with the NORDP community! Abstracts are due October 21.

The webinar will be hosted by Kari Whittenberger-Keith, PhD; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.NORDP 2018 KWK Kari founded the Research Development Services unit of Office of Research at UW-M. She is a member of the NORDP Board and was conference co-chair in 2018 and 2019. She has worked both as a faculty member at several institutions and in research development at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oregon. A PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, she has taught public speaking, effective communication practices and training and development in both academic and professional settings for over 35 (yikes!) years.

NORDP 2020: Call for Abstracts and Workshop Applications

12th Annual Research Development Conference

San Antonio, Texas                     May 17 to 20, 2020

Abstracts for presentations, lightning talks, roundtables, and the ideas showcase are now being accepted for the 12th Annual Research Development Conference, hosted by the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) in San Antonio, Texas, from May 17 to 20, 2020. In addition, workshop applications are encouraged.

Abstracts must be submitted via no later than 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time on Monday, October 21, 2019

Four-Hour Workshop application details are described at the end of this blog.

Several different conference session formats are available in 2020, as described below. Regardless of the session format, proposers should consider how their presentations and workshops will:

  • Demonstrate ways in which research development professionals support, encourage, and empower researchers to try new things—to create and mobilize knowledge, to respond to new funding mechanisms and pursue multi-disciplinary grants, or to participate in campus think-tanks or networking events.
  • Explore new approaches used in research development programs.
  • Explore creative resources for personal and career development.
  • Emphasize the innovative roles and value of research development within the broader research enterprise.
  • Contribute to strategic research planning at the institutional level.

Format Options:

Oral PresentationsONE-HOUR and TWO-HOUR sessions—are intended for individual or group presentations (no more than four presenters for one-hour sessions). Audience size at these sessions is anticipated to be between 25 and 75 individuals. One-hour sessions will be scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19-20; two-hour sessions will be scheduled on Monday, May 18. Please avoid presenting case studies from a single institution or program. Case studies are more appropriate for a poster in the Ideas Showcase. Oral presentations are most effective when they address a significant over-arching issue, problem, or hot topic in research development and/or showcase data, solutions, and programs from an array of institutions or perspectives. Two-hour sessions allow presenters to discuss a topic more in-depth and interactively; proposals should describe why two hours are needed for the presentation.

Lightning TalksFIVE-MINUTE presentations—are a fun and fast-paced opportunity for individuals to share new and creative ideas for fostering research development. Based on Ignite (, presentations are limited to five minutes and <20 slides. Presenters will be grouped into 60-minute sessions to be scheduled on Tuesday, May 19, or Wednesday, May 20. We will organize Lightning Talks thematically for 2020. Please consider proposing around one of the following themes: Faculty Development; Interdisciplinary Research; Funding & Funders; RD Professional Development. If these do not apply, please indicate “Other.” As a courtesy to fellow presenters during these rapid-format sessions, slides must be submitted in advance.

RoundtablesONE-HOUR sessions—allow conference attendees to participate in a discussion focused on a specific RD issue. Roundtables encourage networking and sharing of individual experiences. Applicants should provide a description of the topic and its relevance to NORDP members and be willing to lead the discussion.

Ideas ShowcasePoster—is designed for individuals or small teams to present their approaches to problems and solutions in research development, to showcase best practices and case studies, and to introduce innovative or experimental ideas. Presenters chosen to participate in the Ideas Showcase will provide posters at their own cost. Posters will be presented for discussion during the Ideas Showcase and reception, tentatively planned for the evening of Tuesday, May 19.

For each submission, please identify the audience for whom the content is targeted:

Fundamental: The session is aimed at providing knowledge and content fundamental to RD. Content may be appropriate for individuals interested in RD or new to RD, individuals already in RD but whose job responsibilities do not currently include the indicated topic, or those who want a refresher. Note that “essential” does not mean “easy;” rather, the information is fundamental to nearly all in RD.

Intermediate: Content in these sessions is fundamental to RD but most relevant to individuals who have been involved in RD (or the given topic) for more than one year. This information can also be useful to individuals thinking about the next steps in their career or about skills and responsibilities they want to gain.

Advanced: Content in these sessions is relevant to and aimed at individuals who already have significant skills in the given topic, who have or are working toward leadership roles in RD (including those who are “offices of one”), and/or who have an institutional leadership role or advise institutional leaders. This information can also be useful to experienced individuals thinking about their next career steps or about skills or responsibilities they want to gain.

The Program Committee intends to balance the program with topics across these ranges so that the needs of all NORDP members are addressed by the 2020 conference program.

Abstract Submission—Submit using this link:

Deadline for submissions is: Monday, October 21, 2019, 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

A complete application includes the following fields:

Presenter(s): Name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) (Corresponding presenter should be listed first, followed by additional presenters.)

Session Type (check one):

  • Two-hour Oral Presentation
  • One-hour Oral Presentation
  • Lightning Talk or Lightning Hour
  • Ideas Showcase
  • Roundtable

Intended Audience (check one):

  • Fundamental
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


Full Abstract (2,000 characters maximum including spaces)

Your abstract should briefly describe the information, solutions and/or best practices that will be presented in the session, addressing the following:

  • What are the goals of your session?
  • What will participants learn by attending your session?
  • Will you be introducing new concepts, skills development, or theories, and/or advancing research development? Please describe.
  • How will your session differ from or build upon past conference presentations/sessions?

Program Summary (100 words)

This summary will be published in the conference program; it also will be used to market selected sessions. Your abstract should be proofread for both content and grammar and be written in a concise, vigorous, compelling tone that tells a potential audience member what s/he will learn or gain by attending your session. This is your opportunity to promote your session!

Once submitted, you will be able to edit your application up to the deadline date: Monday, October 21, 2019, 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Review and Notification

Abstracts will be reviewed by NORDP’s 2020 Program Committee. Reviews are confidential. Reviewers will be asked to evaluate abstracts based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the abstract
  • Likelihood that the proposed session will engage participants and promote discussion
  • Clarity in describing the session’s objectives, outcomes, and intended audience
  • Relevance of the topic in providing key content to research development or advancing professional development for RD professionals
  • Suitability of the topic to the presentation format proposed

WorkshopsFOUR-HOUR sessions—allow participants to interactively explore a topic in-depth, led by teams of two to four facilitators (two is the minimum). Facilitators should use the long format to allow for more holistic discussion, to facilitate interactive activities, and/or to involve participants fully in the session. Audience size at these sessions is anticipated to be between 30 and 40 participants; however, facilitators can suggest a number appropriate for their topic. Applicants should provide a clear rationale for the need to have four hours to accomplish the goals of the session; how they will provide intensive, interactive learning activities and/or professional development opportunities; and how they will deliver identified learning objectives and take-home materials. Preparatory and developmental coaching around adult learning will be available for all teams developing workshops, and a stipend will be provided for facilitators to compensate for the time spent developing a four-hour session. All workshops will take place on Monday, May 18. Workshop applications require description of:

  1. Proposed learning objectives, workshop competencies, and/or tangible outcomes
  2. Format, lesson plan, and curriculum overview
  3. Learning environment and connection to inclusive excellence (i.e., description of how the facilitators will develop a positive learning environment and support NORDP’s inclusive excellence goals)
  4. Targeted audience(s), i.e., RD roles and positions, levels of knowledge/experience, academic disciplines, institution type
  5. Facilitator expertise and qualifications (related to workshop content and delivering interactive sessions)

The 2020 Conference Workshop Application is available here.

Upload your completed application here.

Important Information for Presenters

The Program Committee will select presentations and workshop topics based upon the reviews and ratings of all materials submitted, available time slots for presentations, and diversity of presentation topics and levels, including diversity of types and geographic location of represented institutions.

Abstracts and workshop applications from presenters that appear to be identical to presentations made at previous conferences may not be accepted for presentation in 2020, absent substantial revisions or new information.

Individuals who have presented NORDP webinars are encouraged to propose the same or a similar topic for a conference presentation so they may reach a different audience. Multiple submissions are allowed, but the Program Committee will strive to maximize both the quality of the presentations and the diversity of speakers (including the types of institutions they represent) when evaluating proposals. Please start a new application for each proposed abstract.

If your abstract or workshop application includes co-presenters, the corresponding presenter’s name should be listed first in the application. There is no limit to the number of times an individual may be a co-presenter. The corresponding presenter is responsible for informing and acquiring agreement to participate from all co-presenters listed on the abstract submission.

Please do NOT submit an abstract or workshop application as a corresponding presenter if you do not plan to attend the NORDP annual meeting.

If you cannot present as scheduled, please notify the Conference co-chairs ( as soon as possible in advance of the conference. Substitution of the lead presenter in sessions requires prior approval from the Conference Program Committee.

Except for submissions accepted for the Ideas Showcase, for which at least the corresponding presenter is expected to attend the NORDP annual meeting and present the poster, all presenters o must register for the conference, submit the online presenter’s agreement, and participate in the accepted session.

If you invite colleagues who are not NORDP members to co-present, please be aware that—as with other professional organizations—they will be expected to pay for their meeting registration and other expenses. Please make this expectation clear to your colleagues.

All final instructions and information will be sent in a speaker’s packet. The NORDP Professional Development (PD) Committee will be offering a presentation skills webinar in winter 2020 to provide additional training on making effective presentations; presenters are encouraged to attend the webinar.

Once you have submitted your conference abstract or workshop application, you will be able to edit the application until the submission deadline.

Applicants interested in receiving feedback on a draft of their conference workshop proposal should email their draft to by September 27, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the abstract selection process, please contact the 2020 NORDP Conference Co-Chairs Jill Jividen and Jenna McGuire at

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and workshop applications!