NORDP 2019 Annual Research Development Conference

Conference Workshops

You have the option to enroll in a four-hour conference workshop for no additional charge during the conference registration process. Please note that space is limited to the first 35 registrants for each workshop; after that, names will be automatically placed on a waitlist and registrants will be notified if space becomes available.

Designing Effective Proposals: The Skills You Need to Design Proposals People Want to Read

Facilitators: Tobin Spratte, Arizona State University; Michael Northrop, Arizona State University; Jessica Brassard, Michigan Technological University

This workshop offers interactive training for creating distinctive, attractive proposals and other documents that are more likely to be read and remembered by twenty-first-century audiences. Attendees will learn basic visual design principles—regardless of their skill level or available software—for creating figures, illustrations, and diagrams. Throughout the workshop, participants will cycle through active conversation, creation, editing, and review activities. We will also cover advanced document formatting including tasteful margins, whitespace, image borders, distance between lines (leading), and typeface. Participants should plan on BYOD (bringing their own devices) for this hands-on workshop.

PD for RD: Career Planning from Start to Finish

Facilitators: Beth Moser, Maricopa Community Colleges District; Sarah Messbauer, University of California, Davis; Kay Tindle, Texas Tech University; M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, ATG Consulting

This workshop will provide participants with a theory-based, action-oriented, and personally immersive look at how to advance their careers in the Research Development field, designed for those with at least two years of experience. Upon completion, participants will have a personalized action plan for how they can (a) identify key skills in their target position; (b) determine what gaps exist between this ideal skill set and their current skills; and (c) identify strategies to close these skills gaps with the aim of advancing to the next stages of their career. A new Professional Development NORDP Circle will be created to promote a community forum for participants to discuss their development goals.

Strategic Doing and the Research Development Professional

Facilitators: Jeffrey T. Agnoli, The Ohio State University; Melanie Steiner-Sherwood, University of Utah; Sabrina W. Horton, The Ohio State University

Research Development (RD) professionals routinely collaborate with individuals on research proposals or facilitate multidisciplinary teams and other types of groups. Are you interested in improving your facilitating skills? Would you like to learn how to use your convening power to build action-oriented collaborations that lead to accountability and measureable outcomes?

Join us for this hands-on, professional development workshop. Strategic Doing™ is a new strategy discipline – a set of simple rules – that creates deep collaborations and builds innovation in today’s network-based organizations. Unlike strategic planning, which primarily guides activity in hierarchical organizations, Strategic Doing partnerships build trust through social networks. Learn how to link and leverage a team’s agility and desire for experimentation. This new framework is ideal for situations in which nobody can tell anybody else what to do, a common challenge for the RD professional!

Our team of facilitators will guide participants through a series of experiential Strategic Doing exercises, discuss how they relate to the practice of RD, and how to implement Strategic Doing in the context of a research development/foundation relations office. Participants will also learn how these concepts apply to proposal development and when working with diverse faculty teams.

Strategic Doing was developed by Ed Morrison of the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab and is now offered through a national network of universities. More information is available at