Senior Level

Senior Level Workshop: Research Administration -
The Practical Side of Leadership


For many involved in sponsored programs administration, moving into a leadership position is a goal. While a wealth of information is available on leadership, this workshop is focused on the practical aspects of leadership in the research administration profession. The workshop will be valuable for managing your career path to reach your goal, for enhancing your existing leadership skills, or for building strengths as a senior research administrator.

Each workshop is led by nationally recognized and experienced research administrators who are in leadership positions. The workshop will focus on the practicalities and techniques necessary to direct sponsored program areas and to provide a common direction among stakeholders. This workshop will assist participants in understanding the skill sets that will help you direct an office of research administration, allow you to take on an expanded leadership role, or help you advance to a position as a senior staff member. The workshop will be in a discussion format and participant interaction will be paramount.

Topics of Study as related to Research Administration: Leadership and Management, Communication, Research Administration Metrics, Roles and Responsibilities Management, and Goal and Priority Setting.

Identify various leadership strategies and adapt the styles to common situations. 

Integrate skill sets that will help you direct an office of research administration. 

Build the knowledge necessary to be successful in (or prepare to advance to) a senior level leadership role, e.g. director or above. 

Gain leadership insights and perspective from colleagues in your field as they share their experiences.

Program Level: Advanced
Advance Preparation/Pre-Work: All attendees are required to do 2-3 hours of advance work in preparation for this workshop. This work will include reading materials, watching videos, and limited written work.
Field of Study: Personal Development - Non-technical
Delivery Method: Group-Live

Participants should have a level of experience of at least 3-5 years in a management position. Participants should have a level of experience of 5 years in the research administration profession.

Joseph Gindhart

Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Sponsored Projects, Washington University in St Louis

Gunta Liders 

Associate VP for Research, University of Rochester *NCURA Distinguished Educator

Kim Moreland

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs, University of Wisconsin- Madison *NCURA Distinguished Educator

Kerry Peluso

Assistant Vice President for Research Administration and Finance, Florida State University

Pamela Webb 

Associate Vice President for Research,  University of Minnesota *NCURA Distinguished Educator

Night before Day 1:
Evening Welcome Reception 5:45pm - 6:30pm

Day 1: 
7:45am - 8:30am - Registration, Networking, Pastries & Coffee
8:30am - Noon - Session Presentation
Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - 4:30pm - Session Presentation 
5:00pm - 5:45pm Evening Networking Reception

Day 2:
7:45am - 8:30am - Networking, Pastries & Coffee
8:30am - Noon - Session Presentation
Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - 4:30pm - Session Presentation 
4:30pm Adjournment

*Final workshop agenda will be e-mailed to all participants one week prior to the workshop start date.

The next Senior Level workshop will be announced in 2020.


Senior Level Participant Testimonials

This workshop provide a multitude of real world issues and possible approaches. The practical focus of this workshop made it a really productive time for me. I often have a to-do list after workshops; but in this case my to-do list is filled mostly with practical tools that I will really use right away. Thanks for offering this to us!

Beth Kroger, University of Colorado Boulder

I enjoyed the Leadership workshop and thought that the material presented was applicable to the audience it was intended. I am also glad that NCURA has developed this workshop for those of us who have been in the business of research administration for many years.

Kevin McKoskey, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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