NORDP Member Etta Ward Awarded a Fulbright Scholars Grant

 

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Congratulations to Mentoring Committee member Etta Ward, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Development at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholars grant for the International Education Administrators Seminars in France, for two weeks in the fall of 2018. Her work as a Fulbright Scholar will center on effective mentorship as a strategy for professional and research development, especially for women and minorities in the academy. She listed NORDP one of three organizations to potentially benefit from this tremendous opportunity. Etta’s participation in the program will provide insights on international and cultural aspects of mentoring from multiple perspectives. Specifically, she anticipates that it will offer a more global understanding of competencies that effectively address the needs and challenges facing different populations participating in formal mentoring programs and initiatives.

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Peer Mentors Etta Ward (right) and Jan Abramson meeting in person at National Research Mentoring Network Facilitator Training

Etta has been an integral partner in the development of the Mentoring Committee as a platform to equip research development professionals for success by offering meaningful mentoring expertise, support and resources. She leads by example in a working group that develops and provides tools for Mentoring Program participants to facilitate successful NORDP mentoring experiences. Etta’s expertise and commitment to the importance of mentoring has inspired us to provide an ever-expanding curated set of resources for NORDP members. She will work closely with the Mentoring Committee to explore best practices and innovative strategies to integrate elements of international cultural awareness in various aspects of it work.

The Mentoring Committee is always looking for NORDP members who would like to participate in the work we are doing. As a committee, we mentor each other, grow together and celebrate successes: today, we celebrate Etta’s Fulbright.

If you are interested, email us at mentorprogram@nordp.org, or visit with us at the Annual Conference.

More information on the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars can be found here.

Funding Agency Sessions at NORDP 2018

It’s almost conference time! Concurrent Session abstracts are linked on the NORDP Conference Schedule. Below, four sessions hosted by representatives from funding agencies are highlighted: 

Building Research Resilience Through International Cooperation: The Example of Horizon 2020 (Concurrent Session 1, Tidewater 2, 2nd floor)

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  • Mary Kavanagh, Delegation of the European Union
  • Claire Chen, National Council of University Research Administrators
  • Viktoria Bodnarova, EURAXESS North America
  • Cole Donovan, U.S. Department of State

Perspectives from Federal Funding Agencies: NSF / DoD/ USDA (Concurrent Session 2, Potomac III)

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PRESENTERS

  • Dale Ormond, Principal Director, Research, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering
  • Brian Bornstein, Program Director, Law and Social Sciences, National Science Foundation
  • Mark Mirando, National Program Leader of Animal Nutrition, Growth and Reproduction, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, US Department of Agriculture
  • Moderator: Mary Beth Curtain, Binghamton University

Perspectives from Federal Agencies NEH and IMLS (Concurrent Session 3, Roosevelt, 3rd floor)

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PRESENTERS

  • Brett Bobley, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Ashley Sands, Senior Library Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Plenary: Dr. Michael Lauer, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH: “Update from NIH: Perspectives on Extramural Scientists and Science,” Regency Ballroom (Wednesday, 11:45am-12:30pm, Regency Ballroom)

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018updates.

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.

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: The NORDP Mentoring Program in Five

Name: David Widmer

Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Are you a Mentor? Mentee? Both? Both

1)      What influenced you to become a mentor or mentee?
When I joined NORDP, I found a community dedicated to sharing best practices with a newbie, so I signed up for the first class of mentors and mentees.  My mentor helped me acclimate to this brave new world of Research Development and guided me through the projects my new role held for me.  We actually continued beyond the official 12-month span of the program.  Then, I became a mentor hoping to provide similar grounding to new NORDP members.  Now, years later, I signed up as a mentee again.  My current mentor challenges me in very different ways to reach the next level in my career as an RD professional.

2)      What surprised you about being a mentor and/or mentee?
As a former teacher, it actually didn’t surprise me to find that I learned from my mentees.  However, when I returned as a mentee years later, I was surprised at how my learning style had morphed since the first time.  That means I can approach the relationship with my current mentor in ways that were not part of my thinking as a new RD professional.  I am experiencing this match in a new light where my current mentor can be a combined guide, coach, and peer.

3)      How has participating in the NORDP mentoring program impacted your day-to-day work?
My NORDP mentors – past and present – have given me opportunities to talk through conundrums, strategies, or projects.  Their fresh insights, from the outside looking in, have provided me with new avenues of thought and/or confirmed that I was on the right avenue already.

4)      What is one way being in the mentoring program has helped increase or broaden your understanding of research development?
The Mentoring Program matching application pinpoints just the right information so that the mentor/mentee pairs share skills and interests that are complimentary but not identical.  These very differences between me and my mentors and mentees gave me an expanded view of the RD community that wouldn’t have been visible from my desk.

5)      Are there any additional thoughts would you like to share about the NORDP mentoring program?
I encourage new members to apply for a mentor, but more importantly, I challenge all past mentees to pay it forward and sign up to mentor another NORDP-ite.  You will find it very rewarding.  The NORDP resources available to mentors and mentees are extensive, and you’ll have a whole community behind you to provide you with support.

The NORDP Mentoring Program
The NORDP Mentoring Program offers a formalized pairing process to match a mentor and a mentee with similar professional interests and different levels of experience in order to frame a relationship that offers mutual guidance and support. Once pairs are matched, the mentoring process is an informal one based on the needs of each individual pair.

We encourage Research Development Professionals who have been in the Research Development field for a few years to consider volunteering to be a mentor; and we encourage members who are new (or relatively new) to the field to sign up as a mentee. But feel free to sign up for whatever you feel you need. You can even sign up to be a mentee AND a mentor!

Open Enrollment to the Mentoring Program can be accessed through the following link. The survey will be available through March 16, 2018.

Interested in learning more? Check out the website.

If you have any questions, please send an email to mentorprogram@nordp.org.

Interested in learning how you can leverage principles of mentoring at your institution?
You are invited to attend a NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop to learn strategies for advancing the research enterprise through building and supporting effective mentoring relationships as well as developing on-campus mentoring programs: Taking the Research Development Professsional to the Next Level Through Effective Mentoring.

Breaking Records – Early Bird Registration Extended to 3/23

lincoln-memorial#NORDP2018 starts Monday, May 7 in Arlington, VA. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here: http://www.nordp.org/conferences.
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NORDP and the Research Development profession is breaking new ground. As we approach 850 members strong, we have set a new membership record for our ten-year-old organization. In addition, during this Early Bird Registration period, over 400 people have registered for the 10th Annual Conference. Therefore, NORDP leadership has elected to extend the Early Bird deadline until March 23, 2018. We are aware that many campuses are currently on spring break or working through the travel approval process. Help us set a new record for early-bird registration and register today.

The industry standard for association conference attendance is about 20% of the organization’s membership attending any given conference. Our organization can currently boast a 47% attendance rate for NORDP 2018 – let’s push that number even higher!

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018 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.

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: The NORDP Mentoring Program in Five

Name: Mary K. Green

Institution: Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst

Are you a Mentor? Mentee? Both? Mentee

1)      What influenced you to become a mentor or mentee? I became a mentee because I had a mentor in my job and it had been a great experience.

2)      What surprised you about being a mentor and/or mentee? How helpful my mentor could be about very specific issues. My mentor provided a sounding board as well as opinions, suggestions and advice.

3)      How has participating in the NORDP mentoring program impacted your day-to-day work? I credit my mentor’s help with success in landing my current job and she has helped me figure out how to navigate my new office.

4)      What is one way being in the mentoring program has helped increase or broaden your understanding of research development? It has been helpful to get my mentor’s perspective of my experience and skills in comparison to other RD professionals she has known in several institutions. There was no position like mine at my former institution.

5)      Are there any additional thoughts would you like to share about the NORDP mentoring program? Thank you!

The NORDP Mentoring Program
The NORDP Mentoring Program offers a formalized pairing process to match a mentor and a mentee with similar professional interests and different levels of experience in order to frame a relationship that offers mutual guidance and support. Once pairs are matched, the mentoring process is an informal one based on the needs of each individual pair.

We encourage Research Development Professionals who have been in the Research Development field for a few years to consider volunteering to be a mentor; and we encourage members who are new (or relatively new) to the field to sign up as a mentee. But feel free to sign up for whatever you feel you need. You can even sign up to be a mentee AND a mentor!

Open Enrollment to the Mentoring Program can be accessed through the following link. The survey will be available through March 16, 2018.

Interested in learning more? Check out the website.

If you have any questions, please send an email to mentorprogram@nordp.org.

Interested in learning how you can leverage principles of mentoring at your institution?
You are invited to attend a NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop to learn strategies for advancing the research enterprise through building and supporting effective mentoring relationships as well as developing on-campus mentoring programs: Taking the Research Development Professsional to the Next Level Through Effective Mentoring.

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: The NORDP Mentoring Program in Five

Name: Vanity Campbell
Institution: University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)
Are you a Mentor? Mentee? Both?  Both

1)      What influenced you to become a mentor or mentee?
Upon being introduced to the field of research development, a dear colleague recommended two things, first join NORDP and second, join the organization’s Mentoring Program. After three years of being a not so active member, I realized, not only was I not fully benefiting from the power of NORDP’s robust network but also not adequately serving an organization that I had so greatly benefited from professionally through conference engagements, sharing of resources and best practices. I was determined that I wanted and needed to become a more active member. That initial mentoring program suggestion now deeply resonated with me, and I sought the opportunity to serve as both a mentor and mentee.

2)      What surprised you about being a mentor and/or mentee?
Over my professional career, I have taken on a mentorship role with staff and academics alike. However, what was most surprising as both a NORDP mentor and mentee was how easy, natural, and fun it has been.

3)      How has participating in the NORDP mentoring program impacted your day-to-day work?
A goal that I set this year with my mentor was to seek out and initiate a professional mentoring relationship within my home institution. I now meet regularly with my new non-research development mentor, gaining valuable institutional perspectives that impact my ‘day-to-day’ research development work.

4)      What is one way being in the mentoring program has helped increase or broaden your understanding of research development?
As both a mentee and mentor, I have found that it is more than possible to carve out space and time to grow professionally. In doing so, I have found ways where I can be a more active and effective contributor to the overall RD field, ways that I know will have a direct feedback on furthering my understanding of our growing field of research development as well.

5)      Are there any additional thoughts would you like to share about the NORDP mentoring program?
There is no better way to get to know NORDP than to engage with its members.  The Mentoring Program has been an amazing opportunity to build a one-on-one relationship with another member, growing, learning, sharing, all while having fun together.

The NORDP Mentoring Program
The NORDP Mentoring Program offers a formalized pairing process to match a mentor and a mentee with similar professional interests and different levels of experience in order to frame a relationship that offers mutual guidance and support. Once pairs are matched, the mentoring process is an informal one based on the needs of each individual pair.

We encourage Research Development Professionals who have been in the Research Development field for a few years to consider volunteering to be a mentor; and we encourage members who are new (or relatively new) to the field to sign up as a mentee. But feel free to sign up for whatever you feel you need. You can even sign up to be a mentee AND a mentor!

Open Enrollment to the Mentoring Program can be accessed through the following link. The survey will be available through March 16, 2018.

Interested in learning more? Check out the website.

If you have any questions, please send an email to mentorprogram@nordp.org.

Interested in learning how you can leverage principles of mentoring at your institution?
You are invited to attend a NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop to learn strategies for advancing the research enterprise through building and supporting effective mentoring relationships as well as developing on-campus mentoring programs: Taking the Research Development Professsional to the Next Level Through Effective Mentoring.

NORDP 2018 Conference Cameo: Kirk Knestis

#NORDP2018 starts Monday, May 7 in Arlington, VA. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here: http://www.nordp.org/conferences.
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Who: Kirk Knestis, PhD
Where: Hezel Associates
Number of years in research development: 10
Length of NORDP membership: 1
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 2017 will be my first one!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Marine biologist

As an evaluator and manager of education studies, I have been working with research development professionals for years on external evaluations of grant-funded research projects. While I sometimes partner with institutions to serve in a subaward research role for PIs who specialize in programming (so need someone to do the “research” part of a project), my team is generally charged with designing a study that examines the timeliness, quality, and results of activities funded by the award.KnestisHeadshot2014.jpg

If things are working as they should, we external evaluators spend substantial time planning with the PI, co-PIs, partners, procurement staff, and RD managers. We collaborate to explicate program theories-of-change (i.e., logic models), clarify the design of proposed activities, adopt or develop standards of quality for implementation, define data-collection strategies and analyses to assess the goals and objectives of the funded work, and prepare budgets and documentation required for proposal submission. I like to think I have a good understanding of how those pre-proposal processes work, based on more than a decade of experience collaborating on dozens of proposals each year.

Once one of those proposals goes in, our direct work with RD staff and PIs typically goes on a hiatus until we hear one way or another about a decision on the award. If the project isn’t funded, that may be the end of discussion until the next grant opportunity, or the beginning of plans to resubmit. What I am only beginning to understand, however, is what goes on “behind the curtain” for our higher education clients when their grants ARE awarded, during post-award management and, most interesting to me, during the transition from pre- to post-award functions.

I’ve come to believe that there are things that an external evaluation partner can do in the time between proposal submission and starting the evaluation to help RD managers increase the likelihood of good results – with the evaluation certainly, but also for the funded project more generally. Similarly, I think that there are some key pieces of information about the “care and feeding of the external evaluator” that can benefit research development office staff and ultimately help evaluator-client relationships be more effective and efficient.

My involvement in NORDP – and my participation in my first annual conference – is driven by my interest in better understanding this intersection of needs. My operational theory is that the symbiotic relationships among research developers, PIs, and external evaluators can be improved by each better understanding the roles, contributions, and priorities of the others. I am excited about the opportunity not only to present on this topic with an established RD professional, but also to hear from others to test and elaborate that theory.

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018 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.