Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks

Join us on your afternoon break for a casual conversation with peers to discuss and explore different topics from research administration. Coffee Talks are free for SRAI Full Members.  

  • Coffee Talks are a series of a one-hour virtual discussions.
  • Participants can earn a CEU (1 contact hour of education).
  • Subjects can range from hot topics in research administration to soft skills for the workplace.
SRAI's membership has a diverse roster of folks with many interesting perspectives and backgrounds. 

Let's get together and chat!

For questions, contact Debbie Appler.



Upcoming Coffee Talks

Making it Work: Fostering and Managing Relationships with PIs
November 4 | 3:00 pm ET

Did you hear the story about the difficult principal investigator who is always late with everything and is so demanding? How about the unhelpful research administrator who never seems to answer your calls? Do you dread working with certain investigators or administrators? Did your relationship with the new faculty member or administrator get off on the wrong foot?

Research, and by extension research administration, is a team sport. Principal investigators (PIs) and research administrators are crucial to the success of the research enterprise. Developing and sustaining good, working relationships between PIs and research administrators is imperative and can make a world of difference in running a well-oiled research office, department, school, or institution. But how do you foster these relationships and what can PIs and research administrators do to promote positive, professional, and productive relationships? Join us for this Coffee Talk as we address this important question from the perspective of both faculty investigators as well as research administrators.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand relationship building in research administration from multiple perspectives
  2. Use open communication strategies to build trust in practice
  3. Encourage team building and understanding of shared goals
  4. Understand how relationship demands may change throughout the research cycle
Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:

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Dr. Jose G. Alcaine

Director of Research Services
Affiliate Faculty, Foundations of Education
School of Education
Virginia Commonwealth University

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Dr. Jason Chow

Assistant Professor
College of Education
University of Maryland

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Tamara T. Hatch, MBA

Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award
James Madison University

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Dr. LaRon A. Scott
Associate Professor
Counseling and Special Education
Virginia Commonwealth University


Moderator: Georgetta Dennis, Accountant III, Auburn University
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Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.
 

Teatime Talk with SRAI Mentoring
November 10 | 2:00 pm ET

SRAI has an incredible knowledge base within our organization. Through our mentoring programs, we seek to pair those with that knowledge with those who are looking for guidance and to develop new skills.

The Odyssey Program pairs or groups experienced mentors with mentees who are looking for guidance on their career or developing new skills.

The JRA Author Fellowship Program pairs prospective authors with published Peer Advisors for a supportive fellowship.

Join us and ask our Discussion Leaders what it's like to be a mentor or mentee, about their experience in an SRAI Mentoring Program, or any other question you may have about mentoring!

Learning Objectives:
  • Why is mentoring important
  • Find out about SRAI Mentoring Programs
  • Learn what it takes to be a Mentor
  • Learn how to get the most out of being a Mentee

Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:

Miriam Campo
Assistant Vice President for Research
Office of Sponsored Programs
Florida Atlantic University
Odyssey Program - Mentor

Philip A. Cola, PhD
Associate Professor of Management and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
JRA Author Fellowship Program - Advisor

Carlie Greven
Financial and Contract & Grant Coordinator
Indiana Geological and Water Survey
Odyssey Program - Mentee


Angela White-Jones
Lecturer, School of Public Administration
Director, Master and Graduate Certificate of Research Administration
University of Central Florida
JRA Author Fellowship Program - Fellow



Moderator: Tonya K. Edvalson, OnCore Programs Manager, University of Utah Health
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Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.

Let's Talk About Foundations as Sponsors
December 3 | 2:00 pm ET

Have you been wondering how to break the ice in approaching a Foundation for funding? What is acceptable indirect costs for work with a non-profit? How do you decide if the funds from a non-profit go through the sponsored programs office or a different office related to your organization? How do development offices work with sponsored programs and other campus offices? 501c3 or not 501c3 – that is the question? What do you do if funds come in from a Foundation and you find out that there are terms you weren’t expecting? Let’s discuss some different viewpoints on these questions and hear from YOU if there are other items of interest you’ve been wondering about in relationship to doing business with Foundations.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify common avenues on finding and soliciting funds from foundations.
  • Examine options for appropriate indirect costs and common restrictions.
  • Determine if the funds from a foundation are a sponsored project or a gift.
Content Level: Basic

Discussion Leaders:


Marilyn Korhonen, Ed.D
Director of Foundation Relations
University of Oklahoma Advancement

M. Fran Stephens, CRA
Director of Pre-Award Services
University of Oklahoma
SRAI Distinguished Faculty


Ellen Zavala
Director of Research Services & Outreach
University of North Carolina at Charlotte





Moderator: Elenora Levin, Grant Administrator, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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Submit questions for the panel in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.

Publishing in the Journal of Research Administration - An Informal Discussion with Journal Editors
January 6 | 2:00 pm ET

Come and drop in to learn more about the SRAI Journal of Research Administration and how you can become a published author.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the mission of the Journal of Research Administration.
  • Learn how to submit an article to the Journal of Research Administration.
Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:


Nathan Vanderford
, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology
University of Kentucky
SRAI Distinguished Faculty
SRAI Journal of Research Administration Editor-in-Chief





Moderator: TBA!
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Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.

Conflicts of Interest: Managing Increasingly Complex Relationships Between Researchers and Industry Sponsors
February 2 | 2:00 pm ET

Scrutiny of Research-Related Conflicts of Interest is on the rise and industry-funded research is increasing, resulting in the nature and complexity of relationships between sponsors and physician-researchers growing more intertwined. While these relationships can be beneficial to patients, physicians, industry and institutions, appropriate management is critical to ensure the credibility of research, the reputation of investigators and institutions and their ability to receive funding. Research administrators and leaders are challenged on a daily basis to maintain an up to date understanding of the dynamic and lucrative relationships between investigators, their staff and the sponsors of research while providing patients and institutions with comfort that these financial arrangements do not compromise the integrity of the research. Each environment has its own tolerance level and culture, but the scrutiny of these arrangements is increasing daily and every institution must have a process in place. Questions that will be examined include: how to maintain a current view of personal arrangements with sponsors; how to gain the trust and buy-in of investigators when you are seeking personal financial information; how to develop and maintain effective management plans; what are the advantages and disadvantages of the range of options to manage COIs- ranging from bans on personal services to industry sponsors, annual caps, public notifications, patient notification, staff notification, etc. In the post-Sloan Kettering environment, it is time to review your institutional process and determine what changes should be made.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify possible COIs in the research landscape
  • Understand he risks of unmanaged COIs to investigators and institutions
  • Understand the range of possible COI management options
  • Learn to build trust with investigators around the COI management process
Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:


Genevieve deLemos

Partner
deLemos & Wever, LLC





Moderator: TBA!
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Registration is free for SRAI Full Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

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Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.
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