Charlie Senn, Director of the Research Development Team in the Office of Research & Engagement, has been elected to the Board of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) at its national conference in Portland, Oregon, this week.
This comes at a time when the University of Tennessee, through the Office of Research & Engagement, is becoming more aggressive in its approach to funded research and our effort to become one of the Top 25 research universities.
Reached in Portland at the conference, still in progress, Charlie said, “I am both pleased and humbled by the decision of the board; I am excited to contribute to NORDP in this new capacity.”
NORDP is a robust, national peer network of Research Development professionals that enhances competitive multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research. Its Mission Statement says, “Research Development professionals support the efforts of faculty to secure extramural research funding and initiate and nurture critical partnerships throughout the institutional research enterprise, among institutions, and with external stakeholders. With the goal of enabling competitive individual and team research and facilitating research excellence, [NORDP] will develop and share best practices for attracting and managing research funding, and facilitate building and implementing collaborative services and resources that span across disciplines, and cross administrative boundaries within organizations and beyond, in order to foster multi- and interdisciplinary research excellence.”