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ncura a guide to navigating your professional development

NCURA:A Guide to Navigating Your Professional Development

Marc Schiffman

Assistant Executive Director

National Council of University Research Administrators

ncura mission
NCURA Mission

NCURA serves its members and advances the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial, and respected community.

ncura facts
  • NCURA began in 1959 with 45 members and one Annual Meeting a year
  • Today NCURA has approximately 6,800 individual members from over 850 colleges, universities, teaching hospitals,and non-profit research institutes
ncura resources
NCURA Resources

Your 5 Most Powerful Words as a Research Administrator

“I am an NCURA member…”

your ncura colleagues
Your NCURA Colleagues

“Through the years that I have been apart of NCURA, I have found that no matter what I’m doing at the University, there is something at NCURA that helps me to do a better job and to understand it better.”

  • Michele Codd, Assistant Director, ISIS, Vanderbilt University
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Your NCURA Colleagues

“NCURA is, hands down, the premier professional development organization for academic-based research managers, thanks to its programs, camaraderie, and networking.”

  • Steve Smartt, Assistant Provost for Graduate Education, Vanderbilt University, and Band Leader “Soul Source & the No Cost Extensions” (NCURA’s own Party Band)
ncura regions
NCURA Regions

NCURA is comprised of seven (7) regions, based upon their geographical location.

  • Region I- New England- Purple
  • Region II- Mid-Atlantic- Red
  • Region III- Southeastern- Blue
  • Region IV- Mid-America - Green
  • Region V- Southwestern - Turquoise
  • Region VI- Western - Gold
  • Region VII- Rocky Mountain - Terra Cotta
ncura s cornerstones
NCURA’s Cornerstones
  • Sharing Knowledge
  • Fostering Community
  • Networking
core values
Core Values
  • Integrity
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Open to all points of view
  • Inclusive
  • Collegial/sharing
essential training resources
Essential Training Resources
  • Region 6/7 Spring Mtgs – April 5-8, 2009 – Santa Fe

’10: Hawaii

Traveling Workshops - Held around the country & On Campus

  • Fundamental of Sponsored Project Administration Workshop
  • Sponsored Project Administration Level II Workshop
  • Financial Research Administration Workshop
  • Departmental Research Administration Workshop (coming soon)
national conferences
National Conferences
  • Pre-award Research Administration Conference: August 11-13, Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Financial Research Administration Conference: February 9-11, La Quinta, CA
  • 50th Annual Meeting and Workshops: November 2-5, Washington, DC
distance learning offerings
Distance Learning Offerings
  • NCURA TV: Quarterly Live Satellite Broadcast Workshops
  • Multi-week Online Tutorials

- A Primer on Federal Contracting (8 weeks)

- A Primer on Clinical Trials (7 weeks)

  • Webinars: 90 minute web/audio seminars available from your desktop
  • NCURA Neighborhoods: Virtual Communities of Professional Interest
ncura tv broadcasts
NCURA TV Broadcasts
  • Live or DVD
  • Designed for large groups of learning on YOUR campus
  • Broadcast schedule & reference material guide
  • Interactive Q&A: email questions up to a week after
  • Prior Broadcast Tapes/DVD Available to Build Training Library
multi week online tutorials
Multi-week Online Tutorials
  • Complete at your own pace during your selected enrollment period
  • Interactive learning activities, lesson quizzes and final exam
  • Certificate of completion for passing final (80% minimum)
webinar programs
Webinar Programs
  • 90 minute web/audio seminars
  • Available from your desktop
  • Live, CD Rom, Audio CD
  • Build Your Training Library
ncura neighborhoods
NCURA Neighborhoods
  • Virtual communities of professional interest promote increased communication and resource-sharing among members.
  • Compliance, Dept Administration, eRA, FRA, Pre-Award, PUI, and International
  • FREE Resources: Listserv, Related Events, Resources Library,Career section, Online Chats, On campus profiles, shared policies


Your Neighborhoods:

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NCURA Neighborhoods
  • On Campus Member Profile
    • Brief monthly e-interview designed to give a more personal account of the day-to-day activities, issues, and challenges in research administration.
    • Latest Profile: Ann Holmes, Dir, Finance & Administration, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Chats: hour text only chats with experts, sharing latest information on issues, challenges
    • Good references for staff meetings
    • Next Chat: America COMPETES Act – Jean Feldman, NSF, May 21, 2-3 pm EDT
other ncura benefits
Other NCURA Benefits

Career Center

  • Job Seekers

-The NCURA Career Center is FREE to all NCURA member job seekers and provides access to the best employers and jobs in Research Administration.

  • Employers

-Quick and Easy Job posting

-Simple Pricing Option

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Other NCURA Benefits
  • Online Membership Directory
    • Access to colleagues around the country
    • Member profile with areas of expertise
  • Peer Review Program
    • Enhance your sponsored programs operation
ncura newsletter
NCURA Newsletter
  • Published 5 times/year
  • Available online and hard copy
  • Includes Articles for FRA, Senior Administrators, Compliance Issues, Biomed, eRA, University/Industry, Federal Updates, Tech Transfer, Leadership Tips, Regional Corner, and Neighborhood Watch
  • Member Milestones
  • Job ads
ncura publications
NCURA Publications
  • Report on Research Compliance
    • Monthly hard copy, archived website & timely e-alerts
  • Guide to Managing Federal Grants for Colleges and Universities
    • Compendium includes quarterly updates and 10 issues/year of the Federal Grants News (CD Rom)
  • Sponsored Research Administration: A Guide to Effective Strategies and Recommended Practices
    • Principles, sample policies, effective strategies (CD Rom)
  • Regulation and Compliance: 2007
    • Regulatory framework; Anti-discrimination; Privacy issues; Environmental protection; Human & animal subjects; Safety & security and much more
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NCURA Publications
  • Micrographs
    • The Role of Research Administration
    • A Primer on Intellectual Property
    • Basics of Cost Accounting Standards
    • Writing and Negotiating Subawards Under Federal Prime Award
    • Establishing and Managing an OSP at Non-Research Intensive Colleges & Universities
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NCURA Publications
  • Micrographs (cont)
    • Facilities & Administrative Costs in Higher Education
    • Clinical Trials Handbook
  • Mini-guides
    • A-21 and A-110

  • Research Management Review (RMR)
    • Scholarly online journal
      • Researcher Behavior that Leads to Obtaining Grant Funding
      • Research Administrator Stress Survey

leadership development institute ldi
Leadership Development Institute (LDI)
  • Competitive Program to help develop members’ leadership skills to become tomorrow’s leaders
    • Advisor Program
    • Virtual classroom, online chats, listserv, conference calls
    • Up to 4 hours/month of assignments, 2 ½ day retreat in the summer
  • Graduation at Annual Meeting and press release sent to your institution
  • Your institution pays travel costs, NCURA pays for the rest of program
  • Applications Due June 6, 2008
ldi graduates region 6 7
LDI Graduates (Region 6&7)

Current Students

Candyce Lindsay, Arizona State University

Rosemary Madnick, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science

Christine Pacheco, University of New Mexico


Ken Felthouse, Arizona State University

Lisa Gentry, University of Arizona

Jacqueline Hinton, University of Utah

Joseph McNicholas, Loyola Marymount University

Lillie Ryans-Culclager, Stanford University

Sinh Simmons, University of Washington

Kim Small, Washington State University

current initiatives
Current Initiatives
  • Departmental Research Administration Workshop
    • Will offer summer/early fall
  • Senior Research Summit - November 1

Aligning Services, Resources, and Institutional Mission to Enhance Faculty Research Productivity and Competitiveness

senior summit
Senior Summit
  • Chief research officers (VPR) and their senior sponsored program officials should attend together
  • Topics include:
    • Aligning compliance obligations, resources, mission and services to get our scientists and engineers back to the bench doing research
    • Restoring full reimbursement of the costs of research by effectively communicating the value of facilities and administrative costs
    • Balancing the obligations of academic freedom with those of social responsibility
    • Risks of under-investment in research infrastructure
adult learning techniques
Adult Learning Techniques
  • Traveling workshop faculty training on principles of adult learning styles
  • ’09 Traveling Workshops to incorporate more active learning
  • Creating Dynamic presentations workshop at Annual Meeting for membership
programming needs survey
Programming Needs Survey
  • Board Charge to Professional Development Committee
    • Focus groups at Regional meetings and PRA III
    • Online survey this summer to full membership
  • Research Office Succession Planning
get involved
Get Involved!
  • Regional Opportunities
    • Assist with Registration
    • Moderator/Presenter

Regional Committees

- Advisory

- Program

- Nomination

Regional Officer Positions

- Chair

- Treasurer

- Secretary

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Get Involved!
  • National Opportunities
    • Board of Directors
    • Professional Development Committee
    • Financial Management Committee
    • Task Forces/Subcommittees
    • Neighborhood Committees
    • Submit an article for the newsletter/RMR
  • Volunteer your time!
    • Conferences & Annual Meeting
    • Contact NCURA Volunteer Manager, Myrta Stager at
your ncura staff
Your NCURA Staff

1225 19th Street, NW, Suite 850

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202.466.3894

Fax: 202.223.5573



  • About NCURA:
  • NCURA Staff:
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Your NCURA Colleagues
  • “Every Member has something unique to offer and even the newest member can infuse our organization with the innovative ideas, energy and enthusiasm necessary to keep NCURA vital”
    • Pat Fitzgerald, Harvard University, Band Leader, “The Grateful Deadlines”
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Your NCURA Colleagues
  • “I would jump in with both feet if I were a new member. NCURA has the ability, through contacts and people, to help you grow and advance in ways that you haven’t ever dreamed of”
    • Judy Fredenburg, University of Montana, Chair, Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

Marc Schiffman

Assistant Executive Director