Mentoring Committee

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission: Equip Research Development professionals for success by offering meaningful mentoring expertise, support and resources.


Vision: As a leading research development organization, NORDP is recognized for a dynamic, sustainable culture of mentorship.


Values: Inclusivity • Commitment • Accountability • Reciprocity • Empowerment


NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

Goals and Objectives

The Mentoring Committee fosters meaningful and sustained professional relationships driven by the needs of the program participants and built on a foundation of reciprocity. To that end, the committee:

  • Recruits members annually to volunteer their time as peer mentors, mentors and mentees in the annual NORDP Mentoring Program
  • Develops and implements mechanisms to match participants with the most appropriate mentors/mentees
  • Provides OnBoarding documents and webinars to ensure a successful start to your mentoring relationship
  • Collects resources for best practices in successful mentoring relationships
  • Offers participants guidance and support in creating and sustaining the mentoring relationship
  • Solicits and acts upon feedback from program participants about the effectiveness of the program
  • Organizes program events for mentors and mentees at the annual NORDP conference
  • Develops tools and resources applicable not only for NORDP, but also for our home institutions
  • Instills a culture of mentoring throughout NORDP


The Mentoring Committee meets monthly as a full committee via Zoom or a conference call. Throughout the year, committee members meet on an ad-hoc basis to develop and refine program components. The committee relies on a wide-variety of skills and talents. You have a unique background and expertise that can be a valuable contribution to our work. 

We believe that mentoring is a professional responsibility. Through the committee’s work, we provide a foundation of resources and tools (Mentoring Toolkit) that NORDP members can apply in their own professional relationships, and in their work with faculty and staff. Come and join us as we support Research Development professionals.

How to get involved

Interested in becoming a member of the NORDP Mentoring Committee? Email [email protected] or contact one of the committee representatives listed below:

Christina (Papke) Howard, Co-Chair
[email protected]
Research Development Officer
Texas A&M University

David Widmer, Co-Chair
[email protected]
Manager, Scientific Development
Grants & Contracts Funding Development Team
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jan Abramson, Board Liaison
[email protected]
Sponsored Projects Officer
University of Utah