Senior Research Administration and Management Series
Moderated by Dr. Dean O. Smith, Texas Tech University
Series Overview: Many senior university research administrators come from the faculty ranks, and many had little or no formal training in managing complex organizations. Anyone new to this role will benefit from this series, offered in a “real‐time” on‐line learning environment. Policies, regulations, and procedures will be presented formally by an expert in the subject along with “rules of thumb”, best practices, and professional standards. The 1‐hour formal presentation will be followed by a 30‐minute question and answer period. This in-depth training series is geared towards anyone who is new to the Chief Research Officer position, or anyone interested in choosing that career path.
This Series Provides A full and comprehensive background and discussion of the issues and challenges of administering a research enterprise within the context of a university setting. The series covers all main topics confronting a senior‐level research administrator from the chief research officer’s perspective. Although salient technical details will be presented in context, the series emphasizes the “higher‐level” responsibilities of the job.
Why Attend? In recent years, the federal government and private industry have entrusted universities to conduct an increasingly growing portion of their research portfolio. Research expenditures at United States universities and colleges doubled– from $26 billion in 1998 to $52 billion in 2008. The 2007 congressionally commissioned report on American competitiveness, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, calls for increased federal support of basic research in the nation’s universities. Academic research has become an engine of economic development as well. In 2008, academic inventions in medicine, plant genetics, and alternative energy generated $2.3 billion in licensing revenue and spawned 543 new companies.
Content Geared Towards: Anyone with less than three years of experience in an executive-level position in research administration, anyone with more experience but who wants to catch up on the job, or anyone interested in taking that career path. This includes chief research officers, provosts, deans, and associates. In addition, newly appointed senior administrators in both government and private industry will also benefit from this formal presentation and discussion of topics in research administration. For experienced research administrators, the webinars may also serve as a professional “refresher” courses.