Upcoming NORDP Events


NORDP Mentoring Program - Self Assessment Worksheet: Capitalizing on Strengths and Areas of Growth for Professional Development

6.27.2018 • 1 p.m. EDT • Presenter: Kathy Partlow, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Where do you want to be professionally in one year? In five years? What skills do you need to achieve your career goals? Self-awareness is an important part of professional development. The OnBoarding Packet contains a Self-Assessment Worksheet. The tool has several categories of skills that are relevant for research development, as well as open sections so that it can be tailored to each individual. The skills assessment can foster continual professional improvement for both mentees and mentors. By completing the skills assessment you can identify and target areas of growth needed to achieve your career goals. You can develop a plan to improve those skills with the help of your mentoring (MESHH) network. Over time, you can evaluate your growth by reassessing your skills, which can lead to new target areas for your professional development.

Presenter: Kathy Partlow earned her B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University, St. Louis. While conducting cancer research during her graduate and postdoctoral training, Kathy became passionate about bringing researchers together from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to help address some of society’s greatest challenges. For 6 years, Kathy worked to promote and support interdisciplinary research in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Currently, Kathy works as a Senior Proposal Development Coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kathy received a mentor through the NORDP Mentoring Program after becoming a member 6 years ago. She feels strongly that participating in this program and developing a good relationship with her mentor and mentees has contributed to her professional development and success.

NORDP Mentoring Program - My MESHH Network: Developing Your Own Personalized Mentoring Network to Achieve Your Goals

7.11.2018 • 1 p.m. EDT • Presenter: Christina Papke, Texas A&M University

Now that you have had the opportunity to assess your skills, abilities, strengths, and challenges with your mentor/mentee/peer mentor, what are some good ways to organize and manage your personal and professional development? This webinar will help you weave your network of support.  A MESHH network consists of those people who provide Mentorship, Expertise, Support, and Helping Hands. The My MESHH Network tool builds on the Initial Conversation Guide and the Self-Assessment Worksheet to help you identify and connect with key individuals who can support your success. This webinar will provide an overview of the tool and explore how to form a customized mosaic of support.

Presenter: Christina Papke received her Ph.D. in cell biology in 2010. She joined Texas A&M University as a Research Development Officer in 2015, where she provides assistance to faculty in securing NIH grants. She joined NORDP in 2015 and has served as a member of the Mentoring Committee since 2016, and as a committee co-chair since October 2017. On the committee, she serves as a facilitator for mentor-mentee pairs, helps coordinate efforts to promote the program among NORDP members, supports the development of mentoring resources, and is involved in facilitating strategic direction.

NORDP Mentoring Program - The NORDP Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP): Your Personalized Map for Success

7.18.2018 • 1 p.m. EDT 


  • Etta Ward, Indiiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Hilda McMackin, Vanderbilt University

The primary goal of a mentoring relationship is to ensure the mentee is well-positioned for targeted success and meaningful outcomes. Critical components of an effective mentoring experience are knowing the mentee’s needs, understanding how your mentor (and others identified through your MESHH network) can help address or meet your needs, and ultimately mapping out a course for your personal and professional development. Pulling from effective professional development plan models and based on the SMART goals concept, the NORDP IPDP serves as a tangible tool and thoughtful guidepost toward success and enrichment. The IPDP serves as a template for the mentor/mentee pair to work from to set their relationship up for success, both during and beyond the NORDP mentoring experience. This webinar session will briefly explain the importance of creating a professional development plan, walk participants through elements of the NORDP IPDP tool, offer examples of specific content in response to each section, and provide some additional resources to help develop the plan.


Etta Ward has nearly 16 years of leadership experience in higher education and has led successful efforts to advance the research enterprise at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Early on, she was able to create a strong interest in preparing faculty for research success along the continuum of their careers and helped grow IUPUI’s research development operation from 2.5 FTE to nearly 30 FTE currently. Etta has successfully forged efforts to support research excellence by establishing and maintaining a culture that values and encourages effective mentorship as a strategy to advance the academic and research mission of the university.  She played an instrumental role in the development of faculty mentor programs and initiatives, but with a strategic focus on advancing the research and scholarly endeavors of women and minority faculty. One example of such efforts is the IUPUI Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER, which was designed to help underrepresented faculty (including women) to become successful in sponsored research and scholarship and to achieve significant professional growth and advancement through mentoring relationships. Now in its eighth year, EMPOWER has supported approximately 100 mentor pairs, seen more than a 400% return on investment, resulted in numerous scholarly products, and boasts successful promotion and tenure outcome. Etta received the IUPUI Multicultural Staff Impact Award and the United Way Diversity Advocate Award in 2015 and was the recipient of the IUPUI Outstanding Woman Staff Leader Award in 2016.

Hilda McMackin received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 2009 and began her career at Vanderbilt serving first as a Lab Manager and then as a Grants and Contracts Manager. She began working in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in 2017, tasked with the creation of a new research development program which launched later that year. She has worked with a diverse research portfolio is an author of several peer-reviewed journal articles. She joined the NORDP Mentoring Committee upon meeting the group at her first annual meeting and has valued the opportunity to both serve NORDP and get to work with a fabulous group of people.


2018 NE Summer Regional Meeting

7.24.2018 • University of Connecticut, Student Union, Storrs, CT 

11th Annual NORDP Conference

April 29 - May 1, 2019 • Providence, RI
Watch for more details closer to the event