11th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference

Concurrent Session 1
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 • 8:30am–9:30am

They're Doing WHAT? Competitive Intelligence in Higher Education


Presenters: Linda Galloway, Elsevier; Karen Walker, Arizona State University; Jamie Welch, Arizona State University 

Academic institutions are facing increasing obstacles to fulfilling their mission of teaching, research and civic responsibility. The competition for research funding and faculty has grown ever more intense and making decisions regarding where to allocate resources ever more critical. Gathering competitive intelligence on your academic peers will help guide decision making by transforming disaggregated information into actionable intelligence that can be used to capitalize on your institution’s strengths and grow research dollars. Join presenters to learn how you can use research intelligence tools to support strategic decisions.

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Attracting and Retaining Top Talent: Models for Career Progression in RD


Presenters: Kim Patten, University of Arizona; Tisha Mullen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Gay Cookson, University of Utah; Gretchen Kiser, University of California

A growing recognition of the value research development (RD) professionals bring to the research enterprise has led to an increase in RD positions. Such growth leads to questions around how best to attract and retain top talent. This session will: 1) investigate the approaches different academic institutions are taking to address these questions and 2) stimulate a broader conversation about recruitment and retention. Through panel case-study presentation as well as audience participation, attendees will take away ideas on developing a career progression model at their own institutions, as well as identifying some non-traditional benefits of an RD career. 

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Increasing Federal Research Expenditures: A Case Study of 12 Successful Institutions


Presenter: Kay Tindle, Texas Tech University

In a time of tightened budgets and increasing competition for grant dollars, what is the recipe for success?  What are the strategies employed by institutions that are successfully increasing their federal research expenditures?  These questions inspired an exploratory case study of 12 successful institutions in order to identify strategies and best practices to (a) broadly increase federal funding, (b) increase federal research expenditures, (c) secure large programmatic/center grants, and (d) manage increases in funding.  The results of this case study will be discussed, along with a sample road map for increasing federal research expenditures.

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Funder Spotlight:
US Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Aging-National Institutes of Health 


Presenters: Mark Mirando, US Department of Agriculture; Robin Barr, National Institute of Aging

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Using Project Management Skills to Manage Grant Proposals from a “Center Prespective”


Presenters: Mary Jane (Janey) Sager, Cornell Energy Systems Institute

We all want to avoid last minute proposal submissions, as they tend to be weak in content and are much more unlikely to get funded. Whether you are a Central, Departmental or Center Research Administrator, this presentation will teach you techniques to prevent the last minute proposal crunch. We will teach you ways to not only keep faculty on track in their proposals, but by understanding the faculty tenure life-cycle, you will develop stronger relationship with your faculty. The stronger the relationship is, the easier it will be for you to keep the faculty on task.

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How to Hack Our Craving Minds for Better Health

Providence II AND III

Presenter: Jud Brewer, MD, PhD, Brown University

How do habits form, and why are they so hard to break? In 2014 Time magazine declared a "mindful revolution" due to its growing popularity and research suggesting that mindfulness may help to treat a number of health-related problems from anxiety to addition. However, little is known about how (and how well) it works. In this talk, Dr. Brewer, a world-renowned expert in behavior change, will map how our minds form habits and how we can use mindfulness training to hack this same learning process to break out of unhealthy habits ranging from emotional eating to anxiety. He will highlight the scientific research underlying behavior change using examples for clinical studies of app-based mindfulness training for smoking (Craving to Quit), eating (Eat Right Now) and anxiety (Unwinding Anxiety), as well as brain imaging studies from his lab. He will also show how we can tap into our reward-based learning systems to build our natural capacities of awareness, kindness and curiosity.

So You've Been Asked to Set Up an RD Office? Now What?


Presenter: Michael Spires, Oakland University

The speaker will share relevant experiences and lessons learned from having participated in or led the establishment of four different RD offices/positions and encourage/facilitate discussion of participants' own experiences. Participants will leave the session with some tools, models and  a set of questions that can help guide them in both starting an RD office or function at their institution from scratch, or assessing where it can or should go from where it is now.

Roundtable Discussions


RD Professionals: Generalists in a Hyper-specialized World

Presenter: Steven Jax, Hanover Research

A central challenge of the research development field is the increasing specialization of those we aspire to support. High levels of assumed technical knowledge, an ever expanding amount of jargon, and our fears of acknowledging our limitations create barriers to providing the highest possible levels of support. The goal of this roundtable is to provide an open forum for participants to discuss several key questions related to this issue. Attendees will be encouraged to share their own experiences, learn form others in the field and raise additional questions in order to advance the field of research development.

Research Development Career Paths: Designing a Career Advancement Plan

Presenter: Alicia Knoedler, Independent Consultant

This roundtable discussion will focus on exploring examples and suggestions for career advancement paths for research development professionals. Through the use of a career advancement template, participants will have an opportunity to examine possible career advancement pathways and discuss these pathways with fellow participants. Each participant will leave the session with a career advancement path along with suggestions as to how to share this information with his/her supervisor. This roundtable to appropriate for all levels of research development professionals and would benefit from a variety of perspectives and experiences.

Lightning Talks: Mentoring Lightning Storm


This mentoring-focused series of talks will engage the spectrum of NORDP’s current and prospective mentors and mentees, with topics geared toward multiple levels of experience. Sessions will showcase best practices necessary to be successful in mentoring relationships, as well as provide insights into the program in a brief but interactive format. The talks will provide potential mentors and mentees additional resources to support NORDP or other future mentoring relationships. By cultivating mentorship expertise in our members, we will enhance skills, confidence, and competence across all of NORDP in ways that provide stronger, deeper, and more numerous connections throughout the membership. 


Moderator: Rachael Voas, Iowa State University

  • The Mentor/Mentee Match Process Revealed – Christina Howard, Texas A&M University
  • The Moment When I Realized I Could be a Mentor – Katie Howard, Appalachian State University
  • Transitioning from Mentee to Mentor – Hilda McMackin, Vanderbilt University
  • What I Learned from My Mentee – Kathy Partlow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback – Kelly Carroll, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Mentoring Challenges of Single-person RD Shops – Ron Fleischmann, Hope College; Scott Balderson, University of Utah
  • Mentoring Postdocs for Careers in Research Development – Samar Sengupta,University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • How to Address Generational Differences in MentoringAlan Paul, Giant Angstrom Partners, LLC
  • Growing a Network of MentorsAlicia Gahimer, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • On Being a Peer Mentor – Jan Abramson, University of Utah; Etta Ward, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis