14th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference
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Concurrent Sessions 1 | Monday, April 25 | 12:15 - 1:45 pm ET

Fostering Well-being: Perspectives for Mentors And Mentees
Presenters: Antoinette 'Toni' Blair, University of Utah; David Widmer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Paula Carney, Loyola University Chicago

Do you find yourself formally or informally mentoring staff or faculty or are you a mentee yourself? This session presents one new module developed for the Entering Mentoring curriculum and adapted by the NORDP Mentor Training Team for RD professionals. Explore how fostering well-being applies to research development. Using evidence-based strategies, participants will explore competencies crucial to mentoring relationship success. While some stress and uncertainty is unavoidable in research development, mentors can have an impact on mentee well-being. Developing skills to have open conversations about the often-stigmatized topics of mental health, well-being, and psychiatric disorders is key to this process. (Intermediate)

Supporting Diverse And inclusive science teams: new tools from the credits community of practice
Presenters: Barbara Endemaño Walker, University of California, Santa Barbara; Susan Carter, Santa Fe Institute; John Crockett, San Diego State University

2020 and 2021 vaulted justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) issues to the forefront of the higher education landscape. This session will help RD professionals play a critical role in contributing to institutional transformation and broadening participation through the research enterprise. Join this session to learn from your colleagues who have been engaged in a Community of Practice to develop a new set of interventions, resources, and tools that enable the Office of Research to be an influential source of JEDI programming. You will gain confidence to implement new initiatives that support diverse and inclusive science teams at your institution. (Intermediate)

The long haul: using sustainability plans to guide proposal development
Presenters: Melissa Vaught, University of Washington; Jessica Moon, Stanford University; Lou Woodley, Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement; Connie Johnson, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Imagine if a team envisioned a 20-year future for their program—before it was funded. How might that dream change their proposal? Sustainability plans are often left for reviewers to conjure from vague statements. Yet leadership, financial, and community continuity are essential for long-term survival and impact of centers, programs, and resources. You will learn about different types of sustainability, factors that influence plans (including organizational context, inclusivity, and ethics), and strategies, such as succession planning, community participation models, and funding diversification. Discover how planning for life beyond the funding period can be a powerful tool in proposal development. (Intermediate)

Presenters: Maureen Bonnefin, Washington State University; M.S. 'Peg' AtKisson, AtKisson Training Group

How many of us have seen team science efforts fail through lack of leadership? Many RD offices have established leadership training for young faculty, but mid-career faculty have different aspirations and face different hurdles. They are often encouraged to become involved in interdisciplinary teams, even tasked with leading these large teams with little training on how to navigate these new roles and relationships with their peers. Come join us for an open discussion about a recent pilot program at Washington State University with AtKisson Training Group that has helped our faculty increase skills for leading large collaborative groups. (Intermediate) 

Presenters: Dean Gerstein, Pomona College; Jessi Bishop-Royse; Jennifer Glass, Eastern Michigan University

In 2021 the PUI Affinity Group conducted an online survey of RD staff at PUIs covering the institutional settings of RD services, the size and operational services provided by RD offices, the nature and quantity of faculty served, and the scale of external proposals and awards processed. Our survey results cover 99 PUIs ranging from under 500 to more than 20,000 students. From this landscape view of RD at PUIs we will summarize the major patterns and relationships between size, structure, and RD operations. We will discuss with attendees possible conclusions for the field and ideas for future studies. (Intermediate)