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Strategic Research Initiatives Team Seeking Three Faculty Fellows
The Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) team in the Office of Research and Economic Development is hiring three Faculty Fellows for a 1-year appointment beginning in late summer or early fall of 2020.
Fellows will conduct activities or projects that help SRI identify and promote UT strategic research capabilities and help articulate them to external audience. Fellows are also responsible for seeking out and responding to emerging research opportunities in federal mission agencies, and helping to mobilize multidisciplinary teams to pursue these opportunities. Continue reading
David Smelser Elected to NCURA Executive Committee
David Smelser, assistant director of sponsored programs in UT’s Office of Research and Economic Development, has been elected to the board for Region III of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). In this role, Smelser will inform the region membership of pertinent information from the National Organization, and serve on the Region III Executive Committee in an advisory capacity.
NCURA, founded in 1959, is a non-profit professional society dedicated to advancing the profession of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and the fostering of a diverse, collegial, and respected global community. With over 7,500 members from over 1,100 colleges, universities, teaching hospitals, and research institutes in 40 countries, NCURA is actively involved in furthering communication and understanding between research administrators both within and outside the United States. NCURA’s purpose is to serve all members by advancing expertise in the profession of research administration.
NORDP Welcomes New President, Kimberly Eck
Kimberly Eck, assistant vice chancellor for research development in UT’s Office of Research and Economic Development, has been named president of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).
With approximately 1,000 members, NORDP is a professional organization dedicated solely to research development (RD). The discipline encompasses a set of strategic, catalytic, and capacity-building activities that advance research, especially in higher education. RD professionals help researchers become successful advocates for their research and institutions create programs that spur discovery.
How to Request Support for Faculty Scholarship Affected by COVID-19
In their report, the Re-Imagining Fall Task Force made recommendations related to faculty scholarship, including:
- Provide support for faculty success in scholarship, creative activity, and the pursuit of new external funding
- Assist the restart and regrowth of human-subjects research
- Strengthen laboratory safety culture in concert with implementation and sustaining of health safety culture
- Strengthen communication concerning research status, compliance changes, and support opportunities
The Office of Research and Economic Development has created an online portal, Research Central, to receive inquiries and requests in response to the recommendations related to faculty scholarship affected by COVID-19. Administrative units within ORED will then collaborate to offer customized support to each inquiry.