14th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference
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Concurrent Sessions 3 | Monday, April 25 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm ET

A Room of Their Own:  Writing Groups as Resilience Communities for Female Early-Career Faculty
Presenters: Anna Ponzi Dalby, Tufts University; Dana Grossman Leeman, Tufts University

In this discussion, we will elucidate invisible systemic challenges to career advancement among non-tenured faculty and how a writing community can support the development of sustainable post-pandemic research development among female scholars The presenters will share an inaugural inter-institutional collaboration for an early-career female faculty writing group informed by relational cultural theory, designed to support and encourage perseverance in our highly competitive extramural funding environment. Participants will learn from each other and from presenters how to conceptualize, facilitate, and sustain an online writer’s group designed to support resilience and research-focused writing success for these faculty. (Intermediate)

Coaching: A Valuable Capability in and for Research Development
Presenters: Joanna Downer, Duke University School of Medicine; M.S. 'Peg' AtKisson, AtKisson Training Group; Donald Takehara, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As a Research Development professional, do you sometimes feel like a coach? While that feeling is likely common, coaching is also a professional, formal discipline that facilitates growth for the person being coached. The panel will share a basic understanding of what coaching is and what it can and can’t do. We will share glimpses into coach training and how formal coaching skills integrate into RD services and benefit both individuals and the research enterprise. Through this session, you can discover if adding coaching capabilities is right for you and/or your institution. (Intermediate)

Proposal Development & Management Lightning STorm
Presenters: Karen Walker, Arizona State University; Wendy Hessler, University of Idaho; Elizabeth Seckel, Stanford University; Carly Cummings, University of Idaho; Orit Rapaport, Stanford University; David Widmer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

  • Tear it Down Before you Build it Up: Pre-mortems Improve your Success
  • Keeping Them On Track and In Time: Tools to Help PIs Organize Their Proposal Development
  • Developing Shared Collaborative Template Folders as a Best Practice Approach for First -Time Proposal Submitters
  • Improving the Management of Proposal Development Workload
  • Holistic Portfolio Management as a New Way to Provide Oversight to Research Sponsored Awards


Presenters: Danielle Swick, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Kimberly Littlefield, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Terri Shelton, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The overall goal of this session is to describe an equity audit of internal research award programs that was undertaken in the Office of Research and Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Participants will learn the importance of conducting equity audits, how to conduct an equity audit, the results from the current equity audit, and how data from equity audits can be used to inform next steps around program, intervention, and policy development. (RD Fundamentals) 

Presenters: Samarpita Sengupta, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Camille Coley, American Museum of Natural History

Research Development leadership is always looking for experienced human talent, but sometimes it is hard to find and hire the right people.  In this session, we will explore the potential of recruiting research postdocs already on your campuses. We will discuss how to find and intentionally recruit postdocs from diverse backgrounds, and learn about the transferable skills postdocs bring to the table. Attendees will then participate in an interactive discussion on how to use those talents in your RD office, as well as the tools that NORDP offers to help. (Advanced)