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assistant vice chancellor for research development in UT’s Office of Research and Engagement, 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.

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NORDP board of directors, which helps set the strategic direction for the organization. In this role, she plans create guidelines for position descriptions and roles for research professionals, assuring standardization across the field. Eck aims to create entry pathways for aspiring research professionals and attract participation from research professionals in non-university organizations such as national laboratories, corporations, and the healthcare field. Board members are appointed for four-year terms. Continue reading

Kimberly Eck, director of research development in the Office of Research and Engagement, was elected Chair of the Southeast Region’s National Organization of Research Development Professions (SE NORDP) Executive Committee. Eck is leading SE NORDP in creating its founding documents and policies so that it can be officially recognized by the national NORDP organization. SE NORDP will be a valuable regional network that supports professional development and faculty collaboration.

Benson, Graves, Lee Receive CRA Designation

The Office of Research and Engagement’s Jennifer Benson & Allyson Graves, Sponsored Programs Administrators, and Lisa Lee, IACMI Contract Manager, are the newest recipients of the Certified Research Administrator designation. The designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) means that an individual has met the requirements of the Research Administrators Certification Council‘s eligibility requirements and has demonstrated a level of knowledge necessary for a person to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator.

Penn Awarded 2017 NCURA Travel Award

Marie PennMarie Penn from the Office of Sponsored Programs was awarded the 2017 National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Travel Award. The Southeast Region of NCURA issues an annual $1,000 Travel Award to support a member to attend the region’s annual conference. These awards are issued through a competitive application process and awardees are selected based on service and contribution to the organization and professional development/institutional financial need. Continue reading


  • Kimberly Eck, director of Research Development, was featured in a pre conference cameo by the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). She will be giving a presentation NORDP’s annual conference in May titled Research Development: Results from and Opportunities through a NORDP Approved Study. Register for the 2017 conference here.

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