Professional Development Committee


The NORDP Professional Development Committee coordinates the development and delivery of professional development training and resources for NORDP members. The Committee’s current focus is online professional development in three main strategic areas: (1) career planning, (2) operational resources for research development, and (3) skill building.

Goals and Objectives

The objective of this committee is to provide NORDP members meaningful, timely, and engaging opportunities to expand their research development knowledge and add valuable skills to both their professional and personal toolboxes. The PD Committee goals are to:

  • Develop, implement and organize engaging and worthwhile professional development content based on the needs of the NORDP membership;
  • Provide opportunities for NORDP members to offer their relevant expertise and to gain valuable leadership skills by leading webinars and developing other professional development materials;
  • Recruit knowledge experts to contribute time and relevant intellectual resources to the NORDP community;
  • Collect and disseminate best practices in research development, for use by NORDP members;
  • Compile and maintain a database of professional development resources for NORDP membership.


The committee meets monthly via conference call to develop and produce PD materials as outlined above. On these calls, the full committee carries out the following activities:

  • Decides on upcoming programming (i.e., webinars) and seeks ad-hoc volunteers to handle logistical functions;
  • Solicits volunteers to research specific topics in and methods for professional development and report back to the group;
  • Recruits members and other experts to lead webinars and develop professional development resources for NORDP’s membership.

The committee’s co-chairs communicate electronically and meet one additional time per month via conference call to coordinate the agenda for the full committee meeting and to decide on action(s) needed.

How to get involved

Interested in becoming a member of the NORDP Professional Development Committee? Contact any of the co-Chairs or any PD Committee member. We welcome new members and are happy to talk to you!

Committee Leadership

Melinda Laroco Boehm, Ph.D., Co-chair
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Research Development Officer, Office of Research & Economic Development
University of California, Merced

Erin Christian
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Pre-Award Manager
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Joanna Downer, Ph.D., Co-chair
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Associate Dean for Research Development, Office of Research Development
Duke University School of Medicine

Paul Tuttle
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Director of Proposal Development
North Carolina Agricultural And Technical University

Webinar Production Group Lead
Joshua Roney
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Associate Director
University of Central Florida

Committee Members, 2016-17

  • Andrea Buford, Northern Illinois University
  • Andy Burnett, Knowinnovation
  • Mindali Dean, Texas Tech University
  • Susannah Gal, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Jennifer Glass, Eastern Michigan University
  • Sobha Jaishankar, University of Florida
  • Ioannis Konstantinidis, University of Houston
  • Donna Martin, Northern Illinois University
  • Virginie Portes, Universite de Montreal
  • Angela Shotts, University of Alabama
  • Charlene Supnet, University of Texas Southwest
  • Paul Tuttle, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State College
  • Ashton Waite, University of Nebraska
  • David Widmer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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