Call for Applications: 2021 NORDP Leadership Forum

Are you an established research development (RD) leader at your organization, or do you aspire to fast-track your journey to institutional RD leadership? If so, you should consider applying to participate in the 2021 NORDP Leadership Forum!

What is the NORDP Leadership Forum?

The Leadership Forum creates dedicated space for experienced RD professionals to discuss emerging RD trends and the research landscape more broadly. It also provides a platform to workshop strategies that leverage the strengths of RD to capitalize on those trends in ways that will benefit research at our institutions. The Leadership Forum is a benefit of NORDP membership, and carries no additional cost.

What’s happening at the 2021 Leadership Forum?

● We’ve expanded the Leadership Forum from a half-day conference event to a series of four, 3-hour virtual workshops, plus a virtual orientation and closing/report-out session. These workshops will take place one day/week starting in late September 2021, concluding in early November 2021, at times to be determined based on participants’ availability.

● The themes of these four workshops are:

» Infusing inclusivity into RD – it’s incumbent on RD leaders to be deliberate about inclusion and diversity in the programs they manage and the research teams they build and support
» The future of RD work – emerging innovations in RD (pandemic-driven or otherwise)
» Network activation – inviting leaders from other campus offices and key external partners (e.g., government relations and advancement representatives) to advise RD leaders on how to best mobilize the research teams they’ve cultivated or enabling programs they are developing
» Taking the RD approach on the road – helping other campus offices to see the value in taking a relationship-focused, rather than transaction-focused, approach to faculty in the way that is so critical to RD

● Within the time of the workshops, each Leadership Forum participant will have opportunity to create an Action Plan to implement within their home organization, using the strategies they learn and skills they develop in the Leadership Forum

● As always, the Leadership Forum will provide many opportunities to network with fellow institutional RD leaders within NORDP, as well as featured panelists, speakers and workshop facilitators from other research sectors (government relations, advancement/development officers, and more)

Who may apply? How do I apply?

The Leadership Forum is for NORDP members. It is best suited for those members who are established organizational leaders, or who consider themselves to be on a clear track to organizational leadership. We assess eligibility not by job title, terminal degree or number of staff supervised, but by what insights, ideas or experiences you can bring to the conversation surrounding the four themes outlined above.

The participating cohort will be capped at 40 people, to enable close interaction among all participants and between participants and workshop leaders/panelists. The 2021 Leadership Forum cohort will include a mix of RD leaders recommended by NORDP committees/groups, as well as NORDP members who self-identify as having interest and who are selected through an open application process. All prospective participants must first submit an application through InfoReady.

To Apply:

Submit your application (profile information plus responses to questions assessing your interest and qualifications) via NORDP’s InfoReady portal by Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of NORDP members, and those selected to participate in the 2021 Leadership Forum will be notified the week of August 9, 2021.

Also Seeking Volunteers!

We will be seeking volunteers to coordinate breakout sessions and other activities during the Leadership Forum workshops. This is a golden opportunity for RD leaders (who might have more limited availability) to engage in this volunteer capacity. If you are interested in volunteering to facilitate a breakout session or otherwise assist with the Leadership Forum, please contact Daniel Arriaga, Senior Special Projects Coordinator in the UT Austin Office of the Vice President for Research. For more information, please visit our website.


Thank you,
NORDP Leadership Forum Working Group

We Want YOU for Research Development 101!

As part of the organizational commitment to make Research Development (RD) 101 the signature offering of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP), we have been investing in the professionalization of the course. As part of that work, we are interested in creating a sustainability plan for facilitators for the course. We are asking for expressions of interest via a Google form: https://forms.gle/Sat1vqCAZF4VL5jN9 

Request is open until: The positions are open on an ongoing basis. 

Remuneration: This is a volunteer position. 

What you will do: You will be working with the two lead facilitators and a small team of board champions to deliver established curriculum and contribute to improvement of that curriculum over time. You may be asked to train others once you are proficient. If you have interest other than facilitating, please consider adding your name to the list as well. 

What you will need to bring to the role: A passion for sharing what Research Development is. 

How often will you be asked to participate: The lead facilitators will reach out to individuals as needed to determine interest and availability. If you’re interested now or later, sign up now. They will work with your schedule and keep the list alive. 

How long will you volunteer: The frequency and duration of RD 101 is evolving as it improves, but we hope to offer it up to three times per year. Facilitators can do one or more courses. 

Sign up today! We would appreciate a robust list of interested individuals to approach during the coming year. 

Questions? Email Joanna Downer at joanna.downer@duke.edu or Faye Farmer at Faye.Farmer@asu.edu

Upcoming Career Stories: Fireside Chats

You are invited to attend the next Career Stories: Fireside Chats, a collaboration of NORDP LEAD, and the Professional Development and Member Services Committees on Thursday, February 18 at 1:00 pm EST / 10 am PST.

This conversational series, developed in response to member requests, will highlight the professional trajectories of NORDP members. The series will showcase the multiple ways NORDP members ended up in research development and the many paths available for career growth and advancement.

The February speaker will be Susan Carter, Research Development Director at Santa Fe Institute (New Mexico). Susan is a founding board member of NORDP and has over 20 years’ experience in research and faculty development, diversity and team science, and as a research funding program officer and administrator. Susan will share her journey in research development, and the ways in which involvement in NORDP has supported her professional development. 

Register for the Thursday, February 18 conversation HERE.

Mark your calendar for next month’s Fireside Chat. Mark Milutinovich, Director of Large Center Development at the University of New Hampshire will be sharing his research development pathway on Wednesday, March 10 at 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST.

You can register for Mark’s conversation HERE.

Career Stories: Fireside Chats are designed to be 30-minute listen and learn sessions, with time for follow-up questions. The sessions are being archived and made available for later viewing via the NORDP LMS. If you are interested in sharing YOUR RD story, please contact Jan Abramson.

NROAD is on the NORDP website!

Submitted by Samarpita Sengupta 

Thank you NORDP community for your interest in the NROAD to RD resource. This resource can be used to create training programs to train people interested in a career in RD or it can be used to onboard new team members. Accessing NROAD to RD is now easier than ever because the resource is now on the NORDP website behind the membership firewall. Step by step instructions on accessing the resource are below:

Step1: Login to NORDP using your username and password.

Step 2: Click on the Resources tab.

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Step 3: Click on the NORDP Professional Development and Webinars tab on the next page.

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Step 4: Under NORDP professional development, the first option is NROAD.

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Step 5: Once you fill out a brief survey, so we can track usage and follow up for feedback, you will be emailed a PDF copy of NROAD to RD.

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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 Conference Educational Program Available Online, Easy to Download

To explore the 12th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference lineup, you now have easy access to a downloadable PDF version of the complete NORDP 2020 Educational Program.  Click here to find the link to the PDF file, “Download a PDF of Educational Programming.”

The 30-page document describes more than 100 workshops, concurrent sessions, roundtables, and lightning talks along with room assignments and instructor/facilitator names. Please note that room assignments are subject to change (an app will keep conference attendees informed on a daily basis). To see the full program, including keynote and plenary speakers, the Ideas Showcase, social events, committee and regional meetings, and education programming, click here. A link to the Educational Programming PDF is also available there.

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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, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2020 updates.

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.

It’s Here! NORDP Resource Creates Inroads into RD Careers: NROAD to RD

Why formal RD training?

Research Development (RD) is a career of strategists, planners and figure-it-outers. Most of us “fell into” the role and realized later that what we do is RD. We’ve figured out and honed our skills along the way.

However, the field is growing (if the first-ever sold-out NORDP conference is any indication!), and so a considerable need exists to shorten and ease that learning curve. Similarly, people looking at RD as a potential career may feel unsure about how to get started, or how to “test the waters” given the variability across RD offices.

With this in mind, NORDP launched a working group in June 2018 under the Strategic Alliances Committee to create a resource to help RD offices develop training programs relevant to their own needs. Indeed, the “NROAD to RD” training program framework is based on the idea that some RD-relevant skills and knowledge can be taught – and it offers a menu of options from which to choose.

The NROAD to RD, or the NORDP Resource for Organizing and ADapting a Training Program toward Developing an RD career, is the culmination of a year’s worth of work by the working group (with input from each of NORDP’s standing committees), a beta test at Duke University’s School of Medicine, and a soft launch at the 11th Annual NORDP conference in 2019.

How does NROAD to RD work?

The goals of NROAD to RD are to “provide RD offices with a framework to (1) develop their own training/apprenticeship/internship programs, and (2) employ that framework to introduce, recruit, and train individuals interested in a RD careers.” RD offices can choose among the suggested components and add additional components as necessary to ensure relevance to their individual office and institution’s missions.

The resource provides a guide for decision-making in designing an appropriate training program (Fig 1). Each decision affects the others, collectively defining parameters for the training program.

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Figure 1: Decisions to be made while designing an NROAD-based RD training program.

NROAD to RD also offers curriculum modes, or training delivery methods, from which to choose (Fig 2). Most programs will likely include a range of delivery methods, from self-study to shadowing to live or simulated work projects, as suits their goals and mentoring capacity.

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Figure 2: NROAD’s recommended curriculum modules

Curriculum suggestions include RD basics; navigating large grants, individual grants, and limited submissions; project management; team science; diversity and inclusion; and other institutional/research-related/career related topics. The curriculum module section is further broken down into sub-categories with recommended reading resources and suggested assignments for each.

Finally, NROAD to RD offers suggestions for program and trainee evaluation to ensure refinement and success.

Interested in NROAD to RD?

The NROAD to RD framework is available to all NORDP members and may be requested HERE. In the coming months, the “Phase II” working group under the auspices of the NORDP Professional Development Committee will create additional resources (e.g., case studies and job simulations), navigate the logistics of hosting these resources on the NORDP website, and evaluate resource usage.

Acknowledgements!

The Phase I working group was chaired by Samarpita Sengupta, and consisted of the following members: Peggy Sundermeyer, Trinity University; Joanna Downer, Duke University; Page Sorensen, then at the University of California San Francisco; Sharon Pound, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Rebecca Latimer, University of Virginia; Nicole Frank, University of Utah; Beth Moser, Maricopa County Community Colleges District; and Sarah Messbauer, University of California, Davis.

NROAD to RD was developed initially using resources generously shared by UT Southwestern Medical Center’s NeAT program (Samarpita Sengupta), University of California San Francisco’s Internship program (Page Sorensen), The University of Tennessee, Office of Research & Engagement’s Onboarding Resources (Jennifer Webster), and University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Onboarding Resources (Kathryn Partlow).

Current Phase II WG members are Joanna Downer, Rebecca Latimer, and Samar Sengupta with several new members: Danielle Matsushima at Columbia University; Elaine Lee, Boston University; Maile Henson, Duke University; Alexis Nagel, Medical University of South Carolina, and Dawn McArthur, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Peggy Sundermeyer remains on the WG as a consultant with supplementary assistance from Jacob Levin, MIT.

Submitted by Samarpita Sengupta

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.