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. We welcome new members and are happy to talk to you!

Committee Leadership

Erin Christian, EdD
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Research Grants Business Specialist, Common Spirit Health

Emily Devereux, PhD
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Director of Research Development, Research Office in the College of Engineering and Computing, University of South Carolina

Susan Elkins, CRA
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Grants Administrator, Office of Research and Innovation, Drexel University

Ann Marie Hess
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Assistant Director, Research Development Office, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University

Heather McIntosh, MS, CRA
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Manager, Office for Research Development and Scholarly Activity, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine

Deb Rateri
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Proposal Development Officer, Proposal Development Office, University of Kentucky