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Note from the Editor | Strength in Diversity and United in Purpose

By SRAI News posted 06-09-2022 10:07 AM


Note from the Editor | Strength in Diversity and United in Purpose

The Catalyst is constantly on the lookout for topics of interest that appeal to our broad base of readers. When we reached into our mail bag this month, we found many hidden gems that represent SRAI’s major strength--its diversity. Diversity of members, member organizations and program offerings make us the premier research management society. 

As Debra Schaller-Demers points out in her View from the Top, we are united in purpose through the SRAI 2022 Strategic Plan which charts our course in the following areas: outreach, engagement, and inclusion; education, professional development, the regulatory landscape; and innovation. 

In this month’s instalment of the Research Administration Careers series, Heather Brown and Mark Lucas focus on Training. We invite your thoughts on this important topic in the Monthly Poll

The breadth of member expertise is reflected in articles such as strategies on building trust between teams in an international setting by Olumuyiwa Moses Desmennu and others to Kevin Titus’ article on navigating legal and HR pitfalls related to remote work. Ian Carter and Amy Sikalis also report on the Senior Executive Institute (SEI) Spring Master’s Seminars

This is rounded out by regular columns, such as the Secret Life of a Research Administrator, in which we highlight Katey Sackett’s interest in falconry. 

On behalf of my co-editor, Karen Bone, we thank Catalyst committee members and other contributors for helping us to reflect the diversity of SRAI and our collective excellence in research management, administration and development of the profession. Please keep your letters and emails coming!

Authored by Terry Campbell, Assistant Vice President, Research Services
University of Ottawa
SRAI Catalyst Co-editor