NORDP Consultant Pilot Program – Participants Selected

The National Organization of Research Development Professionals is pleased to announce the consultants, HBCUs, and evaluator that will be participating in the NORDP Consulting Pilot Program.

Led by Dr. Kimberly Eck, Immediate Past President of NORDP and Associate Vice President at Emory University, the NORDP Consultant Pilot Program seeks to grow research capacity and competitiveness within historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) by increasing institutional capacity for research development. With the generous support of Eric and Wendy Schmidt via recommendation of the Schmidt Futures program, NORDP consultants will provide a total of 2,400 hours on consulting services over a two-year period to participating HBCUs at no cost to the institutions.

These HBCUs were invited to participate in the pilot program because of their demonstrable commitment to growing research and to evaluate how RD can help build research capacity in institutions of different Carnegie classifications.

“HBCUs were matched with NORDP Consultants based on the institutions’ unique goals for growing their research ecosystem.” Dr. Eck said, “These consulting teams are highly capable and bring complementary skillsets and diverse experiences.”

Dr. Jacob Levin and Ms. Marta Collier Youngblood will work with Florida Memorial University, a private, coeducational, Baptist-affiliated institution located in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Dr. Jacob Levin and Dr. Lekita Scott Dawkins will work with Morehouse School of Medicine, a doctoral/professional institution dedicated to increasing the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce in Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Michael Spires and Mr. Mike Marcinkowski will work with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a land grant, doctoral research university with a national reputation in STEM education located in Greensboro, NC.

Ms. Camille Coley, JD, Dr. Barbara Endemaño Walker, Mr. Quyen Wickham, and Dr. Peggy Sundermeyer will work with Spelman College, a primarily undergraduate institution and global leader in the education of women of African descent located in Atlanta, GA.

The Mark USA, led by Traci Shirachi, has been selected to serve as the evaluator for the pilot program.

More than 25 NORDP members supported the launch of this pilot program by drafting RFAs, serving as reviewers, preparing communications and related activities. We are incredibly grateful to our volunteers and NORDP community for supporting this project.