Departmental Research Administration

NCURA is proud to offer a workshop geared specifically for the departmental administrator, the Departmental Research Administration Workshop (DRA). Administrators who work at the department and college level have unique challenges. Like central offices, we must have the knowledge of pre- and post-award functions. What distinguishes the departmental research administrator from other research support functions is being intimately involved with all facets of the administration process, daily interaction with faculty, as well as other departmental-specific responsibilities.

This two and one-half day program examines the foundations of research administration in the context of departmental administration – the transactional level. The program will concentrate on applying best practices to a department administrator’s day-to-day activities. Topics included are:

  • The unique role of the department research administrator
  • Discussion of Office of Management and Budget 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles. and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
  • Tools for successful department administration
  • Pre-Award administration
  • Management of the award
  • Compliance issues
  • Close-outs
  • Audit

The DRA workshop is taught by department administrators who will share their real-life experiences. Central administrators will also contribute by explaining regulations and how actions taken to enforce policies and procedures may affect the livelihood and reputation of your institution.
 

What Participants Can Expect:

Learning Objectives/After completing the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Understand the role of the department research administrator and how it impacts other offices/departments
  • Describe best practices of applying the Office of Management and Budget 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles. and Audit Requirements for Federal Award regulations to day-to-day transactions
  • More effectively administer sponsored awards from cradle to grave
  • Explain actions taken during the pre-award process that impact effective award management.
  • Recognize ongoing concerns from both central and a departmental administrator’s point of view during award management
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Departmental Research Administration Faculty

    • Glenda Bullock - Director of Research and Business Administration, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Jennifer Cory - Director of Research, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University
    • Csilla Csaplar, Director of Administration and Finance, Geophysics, Stanford University
    • Rebecca Hunsaker - Assistant Director of Research Administration, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
    • Sinnamon Tierney - Assistant Director of Departmental Research Administration, Portland State University
    • Diane Meyer -Pre-Award Project Manager, Iowa State University
    • Heather Offhaus - Director, Medical School Grant Review & Analysis, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    • Craig ReynoldsDirector, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    • Jennifer Shambrook - Director, Grants & Contract Management Office, University of Central Florida

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    • CPE Credits

      Prerequisites: This workshop is intended for the departmental administrator with 1-2 years of experience; and is best suited for those at the department or college level. 

      Advance Preparation/Pre-Work:  None

      Level:  Intermediate

      Field of Study:  Specialized Knowledge and Apps

      Delivery Method:  Group-Live

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Departmental Research Administration Workshop

Day 1: 

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration

9:00am - Noon - Session Presentation

Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm - 4:00pm - Session Presentation 


Day 2:

8:00am - 9:00am - Pastries & Coffee

9:00am - Noon - Session Presentation

Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm - 4:00pm - Session Presentation 


Day 3: 

8:00am - 9:00am - Pastries & Coffee

9:00am - Noon - Session Presentation

Noon - Adjournment