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

Betwixt and Between: Office Operations and Culture in a Hybrid and Remote Environment
September 29 | 2:00 pm ET

Over the past year and half, most organizations have been evaluating what has worked well while remote and what actions are best in-person. As organizations are discovering their new normal, they have to find a balance between the necessity of in-person work and the value remote work has offered to research administrators. When considering how to structure office operations post-pandemic, there are multiple options and the only right way is what is right for your organization and workforce. Discussion leaders from different educational institutions will discuss how their organizations will be returning to campus, considering in-person, remote and hybrid workforces. As the different scenarios are discussed, the discussion leaders will share their considerations to office culture, administrative & technological needs, and benefits to workforce and work products. The discussion leaders will answer your questions and hear considerations your organizations are asking as you navigate your way forward.

Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:



John Baumann-Photo
John R. Baumann, PhD
Associate Vice President for Research Compliance
Office of Research Compliance
Office of Vice President for Research
Indiana University

Lisa Mosley-Photo
Lisa Mosley
Executive Director
Yale University

Jessica Rowell-Photo
Jessica Rowell
Manager
Proposal Development
University of Colorado Boulder


Christy Taylor Bray - Photo
Christy Taylor Bray, MS, CRA
Interim Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Assistant Director, Research Training & Development, Research Services
The University of Texas Medical Branch


Moderator: John R. Baumann, PhD, Associate Vice President for Research Compliance, Office of Research Compliance, Office of Vice President for Research, Indiana University
Please register here

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

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


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

The 3 E's - Equity, Equality, and Engagement
October 12 | 2:00 pm ET

Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders: Coming Soon!

Please register here

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

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


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

Goal Makers and Gifted Writers: SRAI Mentoring
November 4 | 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.

This opportunity is for those interested in giving back to our colleagues as a mentor or learning more about finding ways to be mentored. Join us and ask our Discussion Leaders what it's like to be involved as a mentor or mentee, about their experience in an SRAI Mentoring Program, or any other question you may have about mentorship!

Content Level: All Levels

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn why mentoring is important
  2. Find out about current SRAI Mentoring Programs: Odyssey Program and JRA Author Fellowship
  3. Learn what it takes to be a Mentor
  4. Learn how to get the most out of being a Mentee


Discussion Leaders:


Carla DeMarco

Research Communications and Grant Manager
University of Toronto Mississauga
JRA Author Fellowship - Fello


Holly Zink, MSA, ACRP-CP
Medical Research Writer
Department of Surgery
University of Kansas Medical Center
JRA Author Fellowship - Advisor


Marianna Gurtovnik
Director, Management Operations
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houtston
Odyssey Program - Mentee


Amy Sikalis
Director, Research and Science
University of Utah
Odyssey Program - Mentor


Moderator: Tonya K. Edvalson, OnCore Programs Manager, University of Utah Health
Please register here

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

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member


Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance to Debbie Appler at srawebinars@srainternational.org.
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See what others are saying about Coffee Talks!


"Keep up the great work! Loved the interactive questions. Panelists were very adept at keeping the discussion on track and answering questions succinctly."
"I really enjoyed the format of this, and it was more interactive than I expected, which was nice. Great job!"
"I came away with several ideas that will help our office staff. I was happy I took the time to attend. An hour is manageable right now."
"The moderator of the session was exceptional. Exceptional!"