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National Organization of Research Development Professionals

2020 Conference Workshop Application


Purpose of Workshops: NORDP conference workshops are designed to provide intensive, interactive learning experiences for participants. Applications will be evaluated based on facilitators’ expertise and experience, topic relevancy, appeal to conference attendees, and relevant and tangible learning outcomes. Sessions that incorporate interactive learning experiences are encouraged.


Workshop proposals will be considered on any topic relevant to the broad NORDP membership. Topics of interest may include:

  • Faculty development programs and activities; proposals addressing new and junior faculty development are particularly encouraged
  • Building and enhancing the diversity of the research development professional workforce
  • Research development team mentoring and development
  • Incorporating private sector tools and techniques into the proposal development office
  • Practical strategies for teambuilding and translating team science findings into practice
  • Starting and building the research development office
  • Science, research, and technical communications, including strategies to communicate findings beyond the academy, communications from experts to non-experts, and train-the-trainer approaches for RD professionals to provide sessions to constituents at their home institutions
  • Tools for the RD professional


The above list is not exhaustive—the Program Committee welcomes proposals in any area that achieves the goals for these sessions. Proposals also are encouraged that reflect the breadth of the NORDP membership, including research development roles and positions, levels of knowledge and experience, academic disciplines, and institution types. Workshops involving new, emerging, or exploratory topics also are encouraged. Proposals are welcomed from previous conference workshop facilitators.


NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession. Applicants will be expected to address how their workshops will support inclusive excellence in its broadest forms, including a diversity of both individuals and institutions.

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Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, October 21, 2019.


Contact Information


Facilitator Name:


(Minimum of 2 facilitators for a 4-hour workshop)



Workshop Information


Workshop Title


Workshop Synopsis

Provide a brief synopsis of the proposed workshop. This information will be distributed publicly and used to market the workshop to conference participants. (max 250 words)


Learning Objectives, Workshop Competencies, and Outcomes

Describe the knowledge, tools, and/or skills that participants will gain by attending the workshop. Clearly articulate how workshop learning objectives will be communicated to workshop participants. Describe the tangible outcomes participants can expect to implement at their home institutions following the workshop. (max 500 words)


Format, Lesson Plan, and Curriculum Overview

Describe the format and educational strategies implemented in your workshop, including a lesson plan or overview of the proposed curriculum. Discuss plans to include interactive components within the workshop and how these components are expected to contribute to learning objectives, workshop competencies, and outcomes. (max 500 words)


Learning Environment and Inclusive Excellence

Describe how you will develop, manage, and foster a positive learning environment for all participants. How will this learning environment encourage and support the stated learning objectives? Describe how you will manage the workshop learning environment, including monitoring session time, interactive components, Q&A periods, etc. Describe how your workshop supports NORDP’s inclusive excellence goals (see second paragraph above). (max 250 words)


Targeted Audience

Briefly describe and justify the specific audience(s) the proposed content targets; e.g., research development roles and positions, levels of knowledge and experience, academic disciplines, institution types. What size audience is appropriate for your workshop? (max 200 words)


Facilitator Information


Facilitator Overview

Provide a brief overview of each facilitator. This information will be distributed publicly and used to market the workshop to conference participants. (max 500 words)


Professional Experience

Describe each facilitator’s professional expertise and qualifications related to the proposed topic and delivering interactive workshops, including organizations (universities/colleges; professional organizations, etc.), dates, program titles, and intended audience. (max 500 words)


Additional Materials

You may upload one additional attachment to submit any supporting materials. Provide a brief description of your materials.