NORDP 2019 Annual Research Development Conference

Concurrent Session 4 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm

The Measurable Contribution of Connectors in Research Teams


Presenters: Alicia Knoedler, Independent Consultant; David King, Exaptive

This presentation will focus on presenting observations and data related to research questions related to the contributions of RD professionals and other team connectors, translators, and boundary spanners in research teams: What behaviors are catalytic within collaborative teams that lead to transformative work within these teams?; and How can these behaviors be documented and what are the standards of documentation for these behaviors? The objective of this presentation and research is to develop metrics and measures for team contributions that are made by RD professionals and other connectors.

Year One in RD: A Discussion of Onboarding Experiences and Challenges


Presenters: Missy Jenkins, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Jeannie Wilson, Arizona State University

Are you a new RD professional navigating the sometimes-confusing landscape of the RD profession? Or are you an established RD professional responsible for onboarding and training new RD staff? Come hear from two second-year RD professionals about their personal onboarding experiences. You will gain valuable insights into the RD onboarding experience. Learn tips, tricks, and tools that worked (and didn’t work) for productive RD training.

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Proposal Development Tools to Ensure a Successful Submission


Presenters: Katie Keough, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Christina Leigh Docteur, Syracuse University

Proposal development is a key part of the role of a Research Development Professional. Join us for an interactive session and leave with tools and strategies to ensure success! The key steps to ensure a successful submission will be covered including:

  • Identifying specific proposal components required by diverse funders;
  • How to establish relationships with investigators and define roles and responsibilities;
  • Specific tools to manage proposal development for various types of sponsors and applications including: instrumentation and training grants, large foundation grants, economic development projects, and traditional research grants; and
  • Effective communication strategies

Supplementing Graduate Students' Skills with Grant Writing Training


Presenters: Anna Brailovsky, University of Chicago; Sarah Robertson, USciences; Michael Thompson, Research Development

Research Development offices often provide services and support primarily to faculty and professional researchers, leaving graduate students to rely on their advisers and departments for field-specific guidance about seeking funding. This session will focus on a variety of ways that RD professionals can offer lean and sustainable programming to introduce future researchers to best grantsmanship practices at the earliest stages of their academic careers.

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Concept Mapping as a Tool for Research Program and Large Project Development

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Presenter: Yulia Strekalova, University of Florida

Concept mapping is a methodology for integrating input from multiple sources with differing expertise or interest, creates maps with multivariate data analyses that depict the composite thinking of the group, and yields data that allows for comparisons across rating criteria, stakeholder groups, different points in time, etc. to aid in targeted planning, implementation strategies, and evaluation. This methodology can be successfully applied to the development of research programs and large projects. Such an analysis could serve as the formative evaluation of research collaboration capacity for a large proposal or as a planning tool for an institutional programmatic initiative.

Funder Session: NSF's Office of Integrative Activities

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Presenter Suzanne Iacono, National Science Foundation, Office of Integrative Activities; Meghan Houghton, National Science Foundation, Computer and Information Science and Engineering

NSF 10 Big Ideas, Convergence Accelerator and Strategic Engagements. Presenter Suzanne Iacono, National Science Foundation Office of Integrative Activities; Meghan Houghton, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Computer and Information Science & Engineering. Suzi Iacono, NSF's Director of the Office of Integrative Activities, will provide an overview of NSF's 10 Big Ideas and Convergence Accelerator. Meghan Houghton will discuss NSF's strategic engagement with private foundations.

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Roundtable Discussions


Boss Lady: A Discussion on the Unique Challenges of Leading Others

Facilitator: Kay Tindle, Texas Tech University

While the majority of NORDP members are female and many are in leadership positions at their institution, a recent APLU survey revealed 80% of VCRs/VPRs were male. Women in RD leadership must they learn how to successfully manage and grow their teams, and they must also learn how to manage gender and power dynamics across the institution. Participants of this roundtable discussion will be leaders at their institutions who are interested in discussing leadership topics, including mentoring, negotiation, time management, and work/life balance, among others. A NORDP Circle will be created for a leadership development book club.

In Search of the Holy Grail: The Impact of Research Development at Predominantly Teaching Institutions

Facilitators: Christine Hempowicz, University of Bridgeport; Ruba Deeb, University of Bridgeport; Julie Demers, University of Bridgeport

If you are a research administrator at a non-research-intensive institution, your time is likely devoted to developing and updating the constantly changing administrative and compliance requirements expected by funders and your institution while devoting less time to the research development aspects of your job. At the same time, research development activities likely are the key to growing your institution’s research enterprise.  This session is designed to provide a forum for exchange to identify and promote promising practices that will help carve out and elevate the important role of research development in support of faculty success at non-research-intensive institutions.

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