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

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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.

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Call for PEERD Expert Applications

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NORDP’s Program for External Evaluation of Research Development (PEERD) is excited to announce a call for PEERD experts. NORDP PEERD experts will serve a three-year term, beginning October 1, 2020 and ending on September 30, 2023. NORDP PEERD experts will be called on to provide the following services:

Job Function Details Expert’s Payment
PEERD Review Conduct an onsite review of an institution’s research development office and/or programming. Provide a PEERD report with recommendations for the institution. $4,200 per expert + travel
PEERD Presentation Provide a 1- or 2-hour presentation on a research development topic requested by the institution. Also offered virtually. 1hr = $300 + travel

2hr = $600 + travel

PEERD Workshop Conduct an onsite (4hr) workshop on research development (including its overlapping mission but distinct activities from research administration). Small groups will work through various RD scenarios, including but not limited to the following: proposal development, strategic research advancement, enhancement of collaboration and team science, research communication and knowledge mobilization, among others. $1,200 + travel
PEERD Virtual Consultation Provide a PEERD virtual consultation packet, including an institutional survey for institutions to administer on their campus. Analyze survey results and provide a virtual consultation, including a report on next steps for the institution. $2,400
PEERD Competitive Analysis Work with the institution to identify peers and aspirational peers, a goal/focus for the analysis, and interview questions. Conduct data analysis and provide results, along with recommendations to institution. $3,600
PEERD Informational Briefs Working in teams, develop informational briefs on topics of importance to the NORDP membership (as identified in the member needs survey). No remuneration; part of expert responsibilities
PEERD Resources Develop the PEERD consultation packet, as well as other resources beneficial to PEERD experts. No remuneration; part of expert responsibilities

PEERD Expert Application Forms, along with a C.V./resume, are due to PEERD@nordp.org by August 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Applicants must strictly adhere to all word limits. The PEERD review committee decisions will be made by mid-September 2020. Any inquiries should be directed to PEERD@nordp.org.

June 2020 Summary Board Memo

Dear NORDP members,

The Board of Directors held their June Board meeting this week. I want to thank all the committees and volunteers for their dedication to furthering the field of research development and NORDP. Below are a few highlights:

  • Our first ever Virtual Idea Showcase – featuring posters and lightning talks – is Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 3-5pm EDT. Keep an eye out for registration information in the coming weeks.
  • The Professional Development Committee continues to work on coordinating a schedule of conference presentations in a virtual format.
  • A group of NORDP members are working to bring you a series of RD community conversations where we can discuss racism, inclusion, and equity in our society, our institutions, and our organization, and the roadblocks we have on these difficult conversations. Keep an eye out for more information on these sessions in the coming weeks.
  • The Board of Directors ratified the 2020 election results and welcomes four new Board members to join the Board in July: Eva Allen, Anne Maglia, Anne Pascucci, and Michael Preuss.

A NORDP Board term is for four years, beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. As we welcome the new Board members, I want to thank the Board members who will be rotating off the Board: Thank you to Kathy Cataneo and Kari Whittenberger-Keith for serving the last four years on the NORDP Board, and to Dave Stone for serving for the last eight years on the NORDP Board. You can see a sampling of their contributions here on slides 21-23. Kathy, Kari, and Dave: we appreciate your dedication and all your work that makes NORDP the organization it is today.

I also want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your President this past year. It has been an honor and I thank you for your support. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you through committees and other volunteer work and it has been a privilege to work beside you as we advance the global capacity for and impact of research by strengthening the practice and profession of research development.

Cheers,

Karen “Fletch” Fletcher
NORDP President
president@nordp.org

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NORDP 2020 Board of Directors Election Results

Dear NORDP members,

Voting in the 2020 NORDP Board elections ended on June 11. This election saw a participation rate of 34%, which is lower than last year but greater than 2018. Thank you to our members for participating in the election process.

We want to thank the Nominating Committee for all their time spent soliciting and evaluating applications and nominations, and for coordinating the election process.

The NORDP Board of Directors ratified the results of the election this week and we are pleased to announce our four new Board members who will serve a four year term beginning July 1, 2020:

  • Eva Allen, Assistant Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, Indiana University
  • Anne Maglia, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Anne Pascucci, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, Christopher Newport University (designated Primarily Undergraduate University seat)
  • Michael Preuss, Executive Director, Office of Evaluation and Research, West Texas A&M University (designated Minority Serving Institution seat: a Hispanic Serving Institution)

Please join us in congratulating the new Board members! Eva, Anne M., Anne P., and Michael, we look forward to your enthusiasm and leadership as we advance the global capacity for and impact of research by strengthening the practice and profession of research development.

Sincerely,

Karen “Fletch” Fletcher
NORDP President

Kimberly Eck
NORDP Vice President/President Elect

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NORDP’s Mentoring Program Has a New Reflection Resource!

NORDP icon reflection bubble blueThe NORDP Mentoring Committee continually updates and refines the resources available to support the membership in their mentoring endeavors. One of the exciting new resources available to NORDP members is the Mentoring Reflection Packet.
An essential element in any mentoring relationship is reflection. This allows both the mentee and the mentor to look back at their time together and see what they’ve learned and how this has informed their personal and professional development moving forward. The reflection packet designed by the NORDP Mentoring Committee was specifically created with NORDP mentoring pairs in mind, but it can be utilized for any mentoring relationship.

The reflection packet features a reflection conversation document with guiding discussion questions to encourage thoughtful dialogue between mentee and mentor. It also includes a self-reflection template for each member of the dyad. The combination of the self-reflection and the relationship reflection conversation support the closure or redefining of the relationship. These documents facilitate a productive and formative look-back at the mentoring relationship from all perspectives within the mentor-mentee pair, and aid in determining what path they take forward. Many members continue their relationships beyond the formal “one-year” of the program.

You can view the Reflection Packet here, and find the full repertoire of mentoring resources in the NORDP Mentoring Toolkit. To see how reflection is a part of the mentoring journey as envisioned by NORDP, check out our newly developed Mentoring Roadmap.

Questions or ideas? Pass them along to the Mentoring Committee at mentorprogram@nordp.org.

Contributed by the Mentoring Committee

New Mentoring Relationship Roadmap Resource Available

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The Mentoring Committee MESHH Team has developed a Mentoring Relationship Roadmap as a guide to planning out your mentoring experience throughout the year.

The Roadmap simplifies engagement across the phases of the mentoring relationship, identifies resources to use and suggests timing for the introduction of the tools and the important reflection period as the mentoring year ends and the relationship shifts into a peer-mentoring phase. The Roadmap, OnBoarding Packet and other resources developed by the NORDP Mentoring Committee can be adapted to support a variety of mentoring scenarios.

The Mentoring Relationship Roadmap can be found here and will be posted on the NORDP Mentoring Committee website. Previously, the mentoring year coincided with the timing of the Annual Conference. Going forward, the mentoring program will align with the NORDP program year, July 1 – June 30. The Roadmap has been included in the introductory emails sent to mentor-mentee pairs.

Please contact the Mentoring Committee at MentorProgram@NORDP.org with any questions, suggestions or ideas.

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Committee Roundtable Scheduled June 25

NORDP has scheduled a Committee Roundtable on Thurs., Jun. 25, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (2:00 CDT, 1:00 MDT, and noon 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 president.

In the process of committee work, Fletcher notes, members create rich relationships with RD professionals across the country. She describes this new two-step committee engagement process as: (1) attend the committee roundtable to explore opportunities, and (2) attend your chosen committee’s July meeting. “Regardless of where you are in your RD career, your expertise is needed,” Fletcher adds. “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, along with the date of each committee meeting. Each committee has created a poster to summarize their activities, available here.

NORDP’s committees are listed below, along with meeting times during July. Members can sign up to join in on these July meetings by registering here.

Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CIE) – Works to operationalize inclusive excellence within NORDP.  While there is no meeting set for July, you can contact Gretchen Kiser at gretchen.kiser@ucsf.edu or Etta Ward at emward@iupui.edu for more information.

Member Services Committee (MSC) – Recruits and retains members, assesses member needs, and provides member benefits and services.  Committee meeting on Jul. 6, 1:00 p.m. EDT (noon CDT, 11:00 MDT, and 10:00 PDT).

Mentoring Committee – Offers meaningful mentoring expertise, support and resources – Committee meeting on Jul. 23, 2:00 p.m. EDT (1:00 CDT, noon MDT, and 11:00 PDT).

Nominating Committee – Facilitates board nominations and the election process.  While there is no meeting set for July, you can contact Kim Patten at kjpatten@arizona.edu for more information.

Professional Development Committee (PD) – Coordinates the development and delivery of training and resources for members. Committee meeting on ­­­July 16, 3:00 p.m. EDT (2:00 CDT, 1:00 MDT, and noon PDT).

Strategic Alliances Committee (SAC) – Builds mutually beneficial relationships with related organizations.  While there is no meeting set for July, you can contact Karen Eck at keck@odu.edu  for more information.

Additional information on NORDP committees can be found at the NORDP website.

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NORDP Postdoc Cameo: Jeremiah Paulus

Members come to NORDP via many paths. This cameo is part of a series featuring members who came to NORDP following postdoc experiences.

Who: Jeremiah Paulus, Grants & Contracts Specialist
Where: The University of Texas at Austin
Number of Years in RD: 5 years
Length of NORDP Membership: 6 years

What’s your history in RD? When and how did you enter the field? What kind of RD work do you do?

As I was finishing my postdoc in 2014, I was trying to decide what to do next. I had always enjoyed discussing other people’s research and how to improve it during lab meetings and conferences, but wasn’t sure how those skills could translate into a career. Paulus PhotoFortunately, my postdoc organization, the Medical College of Wisconsin, had a fantastic career seminar series for graduate students and postdocs. From there, I learned about research administration and development, and by talking to a number of people I already knew, I learned about NORDP. After learning even more about the field at my first NORDP meeting, I was confident about the type of job I could apply for and later that year started my career in research development.

At the University of Texas at Austin, I am a Grants & Contracts Specialist in the Department of Molecular Biosciences. I perform all the administrative duties involved in grant submission, including submitting internal paperwork, uploading documents into submission portals and acting as a liaison with our central sponsored projects office. In addition, I also find and evaluate funding opportunities, edit documents for grammar and responsiveness to the opportunity, draft budgets and other documents and make model figures.

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

I attended my first annual NORDP conference in 2014, while I was still trying to decide whether research administration was the correct career path for me. While there, I had many opportunities to network with people in the field, as well as have more formal meetings with attendees that had similar backgrounds to my own. This experience helped me to decide to go into research administration, including using the job boards to find my first position. Since then, I have attended the annual NORDP conference 3 more times (in 2015, 2016 and 2018). I also gave a poster presentation in 2018, and sometimes engage in the listserv.

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

I primarily built up relationships at my first meeting when I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I called on those connections I made to learn more about their particular job duties as well as the culture at their institutions. This helped me more fully understand the diversity of RD careers, as well as help define my job searches. I have also made connections with a group of science writers, who have been able to provide more specific advice to the types of job duties I have.

How has your service to NORDP enhanced your career?

Every conference I’ve attended has produced a wealth of notes that I have taken back to my colleagues. With the information I have gained through NORDP, I have helped improve the grant submissions I work on, as well as more fully understand the different sponsors. This has helped me excel at my job and helped as I studied and received my Certified Research Administrator (CRA) Certificate.

How do you see that NORDP functions as a resource for RD professionals coming from post doctoral positions?

I think NORDP can help instruct postdocs on the various bureaucratic and administrative aspects of research development that they may not have had much experience with. In addition, NORDP can be beneficial to helping postdocs translate their research, communication and planning skills to research development position they may have never known about or previously considered.

What recommendations do you have for prior postdoc members to get more involved with NORDP?

I would recommend staying involved with the community. That could mean contributing to the listserv discussions, and attending the meetings.

What tips do you have for trainee members of NORDP or other postdocs looking to find a career in RD?

I would highly recommend becoming a member to have access to the listserv and job boards. Those proved invaluable as I was transitioning to a career in research development. I also recommend attending the meetings, or even reviewing the slides and notes from previous meetings. I’ve learned so much and continue to do so.

Compiled by Daniel Campbell, Member Services Committee

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