Publications, Presentations, Professional Service, and New Credentials By staff in Research Administration & Development Community
We are proud of the contributions of our central and locally based staff to the field. In this section of the website, we highlight recent publications, presentations, professional service related to research administration and development, and new credentials (certifications, degrees, etc.) of our community. To share a research or professional highlight, please email Sarah Marina.
Zoya-Davis Hamilton (Tufts University), Sarah Marina (Tufts University), and Anne Schauer (Miami University). Half-Day Workshop, SRA International Western/Northeast Section Meeting, Honolulu, HI, April 2, 2017.
The Pulse, a column surveying research administrators on topics of interest. Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International electronic newsletter Catalyst. Sarah Marina and Zoya Davis-Hamilton. October 2014 – Present.
Background Noise, an occasional column devoted to issues of interest to research. Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International electronic newsletter Catalyst. Sarah Marina and Zoya Davis-Hamilton. September 2017 – Present.
Changes in Organizational Design as a Vehicle for Improving Support to Investigators. Zoya Davis-Hamilton, Sarah Marina. NCURA Magazine, Volume XLIX, No. 6, December 2017.
Research administration organizational structures should be designed thoughtfully, to work together to enhance the culture of support to investigators. In this article, we share several recent organizational design changes in the research administration enterprise at Tufts University, that when taken together form a model meant to support this approach. From “Alphabet Soup” to the Award Lifecycle; Separating Compliance Functions from those Focusing on Support; Multitasking Does Not Work: Ownership of Tasks.
Professional Development Insights: Tools for Measuring Collaboration in Research Administration Settings. Part I and Part II. Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International electronic newsletter Catalyst. December 2017 and January 2018. Gregory Simpson.
Using tools to define the parameters of collaboration, and to measure activities and processes, can provide data and opportunities for dialogue, discussion, and action plans for how to collaborate effectively and how to collaboratively resolve organizational priorities and barriers as well as help provide change solutions and pathways.
Department level research administrators act as “street level bureaucrats”. They work as mediatorsand thus should be: 1) committed to facilitation 2) seek ways to creatively problem solve 3) direct and develop, not simply respond to, processes 4) provide guidance 5) navigate and evaluate organizational constraints—culture, resources, rules/regulations, etc. 6) develop and sustain partnerships between policy (central) personnel and clients (departmental personnel).