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					     BUILDING A CLIMATE FOR
      SPONSORED PROGRAMS
IN A NON-RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT
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                                       Agenda

Discussion Topics
   Adoption of a research environment consistent
    with the institutional mission
   Organization structure & policies
   Fostering a climate to build sponsored program
    activity
   Connecting research to the classroom
   Promoting your office
   Development of skills related to gaining external
    and institutional research support
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         Pablo Picasso



   Action is the
foundational key to
    all success.

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    Building your Program

1. There are no
   simple fixes
2. This will not
   happen overnight
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                The World View

      Chronicle of Higher
        Education (CHE)

   June 20, 2008 Issue

   The R1 Paradigm and the
    Job Search

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                                     CHE
   For a long time now, the worldview
    that dominates at research
    universities (“The R1 Paradigm”)
    has also dominated the rest of
    higher education. High research
    productivity, relatively low emphasis
    on teaching, and indifference to, if
    not disdain for, service activities are
    large parts of that worldview.
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                                               CHE
Its dominance can condition the behavior of both
candidates and institutions in ways that are neither
productive nor helpful.
Graduate students who reach the job market are
generally high achievers in highly competitive research
environments, and have naturally absorbed the values
of their mentors whose backgrounds fall within a select
circle of research universities.
Search committees are filled with people who have
been trained and acculturated at those same select
research universities.
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                                      CHE
The challenge for both candidates and
committees comes in the collision between
the R1 paradigm and institutional and
market realities. The great majority of
faculty positions exist outside research
universities, at institutions ranging from
two-year colleges to regional master’s
universities.

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                                       Agenda

Discussion Topics
   Adoption of a research environment consistent
    with the institutional mission
   Organization structure & policies
   Fostering a climate to build sponsored program
    activity
   Connecting research to the classroom
   Promoting your office
   Development of skills related to gaining external
    and institutional research support
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                           University Mission
   What does it say?
       Is Research mentioned?
   Does your institution have a strategic plan?
     Is Research a part of the strategic plan?
     If yes, what are the goals?
     What resources have been allocated to achieve
      that goal?
     What are the measures/benchmarks/metrics that
      will be used to judge success?
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            Research Environment
                      and Mission
   Understand your environment
       What does your administration expect
        from the research function
          Majoror minor player
          Resources allocated
               Increasing, decreasing or static




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        Building your Foundation
   Think about your answers to the
    previous questions
     Assess your environment
     Develop a plan
     Execute
     Measure
     Re-Assess
     Make changes
     Execute
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            Research Environment
   What are the elements of a
    research focused institution?
       Facilitation of the grants process
          Policydevelopment
          Procedure development
          Mediation
               Faculty, Institution, Sponsor
          Coordination of compliance issues
          Dissemination of funding opportunities


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                                       Agenda

Discussion Topics
   Adoption of a research environment consistent
    with the institutional mission
   Organization structure & policies
   Fostering a climate to build sponsored program
    activity
   Connecting research to the classroom
   Promoting your office
   Development of skills related to gaining external
    and institutional research support
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              Policy Development
 What is/should be the focus
 Keep policy as policy, not procedure
 Standard policies
     Pre award
     Post award
     Compliance
     Contracting
     Authorities

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           Policy Development
 Look at your peers
 You don’t have to develop, but
  make them your own
 Beg
 Borrow
 Or otherwise acquire…..




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     Procedure Development
 Keep procedure as procedure, not
  policy
 This is what you update frequently,
  not policy
 Minimum review – once a year
 Again – keep current




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     Procedure Development
 Look at your peers
 You don’t have to develop, but
  make them your own….
 Beg
 Borrow
 Or otherwise acquire…..




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                          Mediation
   Decide how your institution wants
    to handle official contacts with
    sponsoring agencies

   Decide who your institution wants
    to handle official contacts with
    sponsoring agencies

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       Organization Structure
 First – there is no right or wrong
  structure
 Second – there is a best fit
 Third – Best fits may change over
  time.




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            Organization structure
   Types
     United under Academic Affairs (AA)
     United under University Advancement
      (UA) (Development)
     United under Business Affairs (BA)
     Split – Under AA-UA and BA




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                        Compliance
   OK, we now have a growing
    research enterprise, now what?

   Understand your compliance issues

   Responsibilities should be defined



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                                       Agenda

Discussion Topics
   Adoption of a research environment consistent
    with the institutional mission
   Organization structure & policies
   Fostering a climate to build sponsored program
    activity
   Connecting research to the classroom
   Promoting your office
   Development of skills related to gaining external
    and institutional research support
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       Fostering Activity


Youcan lead
 a horse to
  water…..
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            Sam Walton

Ifpeople believe in
 themselves, it's
 amazing what they
 can accomplish.

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                Fostering Activity
   Find what you are good at and stick
    to it

   Find what you have an interest in
    and promote it




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                                       Agenda

Discussion Topics
   Adoption of a research environment consistent
    with the institutional mission
   Organization structure & policies
   Fostering a climate to build sponsored program
    activity
   Connecting research to the classroom
   Promoting your office
   Development of skills related to gaining external
    and institutional research support
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                             Connecting to the
                                    classroom
   Focus on
      curricular elements, teaching and learning
       strategies that develop critical research skills
      curricular infrastructure that enhances a
       research-supportive curriculum
      administrative contributions that initiate and
       sustain a research-supportive curriculum.



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                            Connecting to the
                                   classroom
   There are curricular approaches, methods and
    techniques which can be developed for certain
    courses and programs of study to enhance the
    research experience of students and the research
    culture of their institutions.

   Also think of curricular approaches to build
    research skills such as inquiry-based laboratories
    and interdisciplinary courses and programs.

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               Connecting to the
                      classroom
   As discussed earlier, institutional
    infrastructure and assessment practices
    that promote a research-supportive
    curriculum are vital

   Faculty and the administration should
    have an understanding of their role in
    nurturing a curriculum to support a
    research culture.

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               Connecting to the
                      classroom
   The Council on Undergraduate
    Research (CUR) is a good resource for
    information on connecting research to
    the academic experience for our
    students.




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                                       Agenda

Discussion Topics
   Adoption of a research environment consistent
    with the institutional mission
   Organization structure & policies
   Fostering a climate to build sponsored program
    activity
   Connecting research to the classroom
   Promoting your office
   Development of skills related to gaining external
    and institutional research support
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             Needs

   need a
You
Champion…
      Go find and
        build one
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             Promote your office
   Tell your successes regularly via:
     Campus Newsletters & Newspapers
     Your web page
     Email blasts to campus



Use your campus media/publications
 office for support


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                Promote your office
   Via classes and other training
    opportunities
       Use email, your web page, your
        campus professional development
        office and campus signs/flyers
   Special Promotional Services
       For special events or functions



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                Promote your office
   Have an open house
       Faculty like free food
 Monogrammed shirts for staff
 Research brochure (aka “a glossy”)
 Attend campus events
 Go visit Deans and Chairs
 Consider certification programs for
  staff
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      Promote your office

Ifyou don’t,
 no one else will

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                                       Agenda

Discussion Topics
   Adoption of a research environment consistent
    with the institutional mission
   Organization structure & policies
   Fostering a climate to build sponsored program
    activity
   Connecting research to the classroom
   Promoting your office
   Development of skills related to gaining external
    and institutional research support
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              Skills Development
 Attendance today is a great start
 Continue professional development
     Drive in workshops
     On-campus events
     Peer reviews




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                 Dale Carnegie

Most of the important things in
     the world have been
 accomplished by people who
   have kept on trying when
 there seemed to be no hope
             at all.
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                                                                 Questions
W Scott Erwin, Sr. CGFM, CRA
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Drive, JCK 420
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Phone: 512-245-2102 Fax: 512-245-1822
we10@txstate.edu; www.txstate.edu/research

                                                  Debbie Newton, CRA
                      Senior Associate Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
                                                                      The University of Tulsa
                                                                         800 S Tucker Drive
                                                                           Tulsa, OK 74104
                                                   Phone: 918-631-2192 Fax: 918-631-2073
                                    deborah-newton@utulsa.edu ; www.utulsa.edu/research
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