Professional Development Committee (PDC) Member Application Information

Professional Development Committee (PDC)Vice Chair & Member Application Information

Deadline: November 3rd, 2017

To apply, log-in to Volunteer Central and fill out the online Application here.

Below you will find both background, Subcommittee, and Vice Chair information for the PDC. 

On this page:


    The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is one of the three standing committees under the national Board of Directors.   The work of the PDC is guided under strategic initiatives set by the Board of Directors and through Presidential charges.  It is comprised of members that work in four main areas of concentration.

    The PDC is responsible for the professional and program development, publications oversight, and collaboration on program evaluation. Within these areas, PDC members are responsible for identifying quality programming, publication, and educational opportunities for the membership of NCURA. 

    Members may have one or more areas of previous experience:

    •        Served on national meeting committees
    •        Worked on publications serving as an editor or substantial contributor
    •        Served as previous Traveling Workshop Faculty
    •        Participated in LDI or ELP programs
    •        Served on Peer Review
    •        Participated as an NCURA International Fellowship


    Expectations of Members:  

    The PDC carries a significant amount of work on behalf of NCURA and each subcommittee has several tasks to undertake.  Committee members may spend an average of two hours per week working, either together as a committee or independently, in order to complete the committee’s required work.  The PDC has up to two in-person meetings a year and meets regularly via conference call.


    General Application Information:   

    Strong candidates will have previous national or regional volunteer experience or expertise related to the four subcommittees.  Additionally, successful candidates will clearly state their interests, draw parallels to their previous experience within NCURA and research administration, and articulate an interest in one or more of the PDC areas of responsibility.

    As part of the application process, you will be asked to apply for one of the PDC Subcommittees below. Please review the descriptions of the subcommittees for information on the focus of each subcommittee.  Please note, previous NCURA evaluations and committee partcipitation information may be used in the review of your application. 

      PDC is organized into four Subcommittees:


    Online Programming

    Educational Programming 

    Traveling Workshop Faculty Selection

    Nomination Information:

    To nominate a colleague for the Professional Development Committee, email nominations to pdcnominations@ncura.edu. In this email please describe which subcommittee your colleague's current or past job experience would provide the greatest contribution to (please see subcommittee information below). The deadline for nominations is October 13th.

    PDC Subcommittee Overview


    The Publications Subcommittee is responsible for the development, review, and editing of the NCURA Micrographs. This subcommittee assists the NCURA staff with reviewing and editing of the Sponsored Research Administration Guide.  As needed, this subcommittee will work with the Editors of the NCURA Magazine and Research Management Review.  

    • Micrographs

    • Magazine

    • RMR

    • Sponsored Research Administration Guide

    Online Programming:

    The Online Programming Subcommittee is responsible for the development of educational programs provided via web-based resources. The primary programs include Webinars on relevant research administration topics, NCURA’s Online Tutorials, and NCURA TV. The Subcommittee is responsible for identifying topics and presenters for the webinars and NCURA TV, and coordinating production and delivery in conjunction with the NCURA staff. The Subcommittee also conducts regular reviews of the Online Tutorials to ensure that content is current and relevant.

    • Webinars (and related materials)
    • NCURA Tutorials (and related materials)
    • NCURA TV
    • NCURA Youtube
    • Neighborhoods/Communities
    • Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn     


      Educational Programming Subcommittee

      This subcommittee will take the ideas generated by the 2015 NCURA Presidential Task Force on Educational Programming needs and look to select for consideration the topics that would be the most valuable for the membership. The subcommittee recommends the vehicle that would best suit the topic (publication, webinar, tutorial, YouTube video, a traveling workshop, workshop at a national meeting, conference, session at a national meeting, article in the Magazine or RMR, content produced for the NCURA Collaborate Communities etc); identify potential content leaders and potentially serve a role on the development team. All recommendations from the Educational Programming Subcommittee will move through the appropriate approval processes depending on the education vehicle recommended. 


      Traveling Workshop Faculty Selection Subcommittee

      The subcommittee will work with the NCURA staff in identifying the selection process, the call for volunteers for Traveling Workshop Faculty, updating the Traveling Workshop Faculty handbook and position descriptions, and other items that may be charged to the subcommittee related to the execution of the Traveling Workshops 

      PDC Member Position Information:


      Two year term, on a calendar year appointment basis.

      Essential Duties and Responsibilities & Time Commitment - The PDC meets in-person up to twice per year, and accomplishes much of its work through e-mail and regular telephone communication throughout the year. Approximately two hours per week, averaged across a year, can be anticipated.

      Additional Information (Benefits, Cost Reimbursement, Travel Requirements, etc) - Travel for PDC business is reimbursed by NCURA (except for attendance at the National Annual Meeting) within the parameters of the FMC Travel Policy.


      PDC Vice Chair Position Information:

      Description of Position:
      The PDC is NCURA's standing committee responsible for all programs, activities and publications devoted to the professional development of NCURA members. The Vice Chair assists the Chair as directed by the Chair and performs the duties of the Chair when the Chair cannot. The Vice Chair serves a one-year term and succeeds to PDC Chair for one year.

      One-year term as Vice Chair of PDC and succeeds to PDC Chair for one year. Total Commitment: 2 years.

      Function of Position - The Vice Chair, works with the Chair in reporting to the NCURA Board of Directors through the Vice President, will lead the committee through its yearly goals utilizing e-mail, conference calls and in-person meetings as scheduled. The Vice Chair and Chair work with the Board to develop, implement, oversee, and evaluate all professional development activity, including the Annual Meeting, special conferences, traveling workshops, NCURA Magazine, Research Management Review journal, and other publications as well as online learning programs.

      Essential Duties and Responsibilities & Time Commitment The PDC meets up to twice per year, and accomplishes much of its work through e-mail and regular telephone communication throughout the year. Approximately 3-4 hours per week, averaged across a year, can be anticipated.

      Qualifications/Requirements for Vice Chair

      Leadership - Proven skills in leading committees and teams with experience in task development, review, brainstorming, prioritizing and follow-through.

      Knowledge and/or Skills - An understanding of NCURA's primary mission as a professional development organization, and a thorough understanding of its professional development offerings.

      Education and/or Experience - Prior service on this committee and/or service on the National Board of Directors, required. Experience with a broad range of university research administration issues, or specific expertise in a particular specialty area within the profession is desirable.

      Additional Information (Benefits, Cost Reimbursement, Travel Requirements, etc) - Travel for PDC business is reimbursed by NCURA.

      To apply, log-in to Volunteer Central and fill out the online Application here.

      Contact for Information:



      Stephanie McJury

      Senior Meetings Manager