Research Administration Mentoring Program (RAMP) at Tufts will expand and strengthen our professional network by fostering the professional development of research administration staff. Mentors and Mentees will work towards the completion of goals identified by the Mentee at the beginning of their partnership.
The goals of RAMP include enhancing onboarding of new research administration staff, providing guidance and knowledge for professional development, promoting a positive work environment, and reducing barriers between local and central research administration. Each Mentor/Mentee team will be paired together for a 4-month period to work towards the goals identified by each Mentee.
Paired with OVPR onboarding sessions, during their first year at Tufts, new research administration employees will be assigned a Mentor. There is no need to request such a Mentor.
The New Employee Mentors will introduce their Mentees to colleagues and offices with which they may not come in contact regularly, exposing them to available networking opportunities and resources, and answer general questions related to research administration.
Established employees can request a Mentor to assist them with achieving their research administration career goals. These goals may include, but are not limited to, gaining knowledge of the research administration field, studying for the CRA exam, presenting on a research administration topic at a conference, writing an article, or leading a team.
Anyone in the Research Administration Job Family who meets the criteria below can become a Mentor. We are looking for individuals with a strong background in research administration and a passion for supporting colleagues as they meet their professional goals.
Staff that do not fully meet all eligibility criteria will be considered on a case by case basis for the New Employee mentor track.
Anyone in the Research Administration Job Family can request a Mentor and become a Mentee. The Lead Research Administrator of the School or Center may recommend staff in non-research administration positions for a Mentoring opportunity by emailing their recommendation to Mentoring Committee.
Goals are open ended and will be solicited as a part of the application form. They are intended to get each prospective mentee to consider what they hope to gain from the program.
Outcomes are pre-selected, tangible steps the Mentoring Committee has determined can help mentees reach a variety of research administration related goals. They will be listed in a drop down as a part of the application form. The outcomes as determined by the committee will be:
Denise Rouleau (Committee Chair)
Laura Lucas (Trainer)
Zoya Davis Hamilton (Executive Sponsor)
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