Research Leadership Intensive

Research Leadership Intensive

Program Objective

Research, technology, and innovation are becoming ever more complex. Success requires vision and focused research management leadership. Strong managers bring order and consistency into complexity but forging ahead in a competitive environment requires strong leaders who understand themselves, their teams, and their environment. These leaders can enact and implement change. Strong and effective leaders are comfortable with complexity and ambiguity and have the right blend of being people-focused and outcomes driven.

Program Description

This interactive three-day training program is designed to explore theory, skills, strategies, and best/proven practices for leading successfully in a research management environment.

Learning Objectives

  • To incorporate leadership theory, skill-building, strategy, and proven practices into a research management frame
  • To assess our development as leaders in the research management marketplace

Topics Include:

  • Leadership Theories, Styles, and Qualities
  • Leading a Research Office – Communication / Culture / Cooperation
  • Effective Communication and Emotional Intelligence
  • Team Building and Leadership
  • Leadership Strategies for Reducing Conflict
  • Effective Delegation
  • Managing Up/Using Influence
  • Leading Change
  • Implementing Research Strategy
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Assessing Research Performance
  • Succession Planning

Expected Outcomes

  • Participants will critically examine their own skill level and performance, while exploring expectations for appropriate and responsible leadership and the potential consequences for a failure of meeting standards in these areas.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences as we develop effective practices, strategies, and tools to bring back to our respective institutions.

Intended Audience

Research management professionals with some degree of supervisory oversight for people and/or programs (e.g., Managers, Directors, VPs)  in any aspect of research administration: Pre-award, Post-award, Compliance, Conflict of Interest, Technology Transfer, Human Research Protections, Animal Welfare, Research Misconduct, Internal Audit, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), etc.

Program Speakers

Mark HochmanMark Hochman
Research Management Resources Pty Ltd.
ddemers.jpgDebra Schaller-Demers, MSOM
Senior Director, Research Outreach and Compliance
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Attended the Society of Research Administrators International (#SRAI) three-day leadership Intensive Program led my Mark Hochman and Debra Schaller-Demers. A wealth of knowledge from our presenters but also the 80+ attendees from the United States, Saudi Arabia and Uganda.
– Stuart R. Tenney, Director, Program Operations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Research Leadership Intensive, 2019)

Mark and Debra make a great team. They made the training fun, interactive, and provided a variety of additional resources I can use to further my knowledge in Research Administration.
– Jacqueline Miles, Senior Proposal Coordinator, Texas State University (Research Leadership Intensive, 2019)

Sometimes it's hard to engage a group like this but Mark and Debra created an environment that was fun and people felt comfortable sharing.
– Jennifer Myers, Associate Director of Finance and Planning, University of Kansas (Research Leadership Intensive, 2018)

This training was wonderful, and I have already recommended it to a coworker. I was a bit worried when I learned that there were just two speakers for the entire workshop, but both were extremely engaging.
–Kelly Thompson, Financial Administrator, Northwestern University (Research Leadership Intensive, 2017)

Debbie and Mark were an outstanding duo. The content was great and they kept our attention. They play well off one another and there was a good mix of lectures and activities. I liked that the activities allowed us a bit more time to get to know our classmates. They were conscientious in keeping to the published schedule and that was appreciated as well. The mix of personal examples and stories helped keep us engaged. Many thanks to Debbie and Mark for the time, effort and outstanding prep work to make a great presentation.
–Sarah Marie Huban,Director of Research Administration, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Research Leadership Intensive, 2017)

The topics were very relevant to today's issues in Research Administration. The in-class group activities were helpful in relating to the topics.
–Laverne Estanol, M.S., CIP, CIM, Director, Office of Research Compliance Administration, University of California, Santa Cruz (Research Leadership Intensive, 2017)

Upcoming Intensives

Basics of Research Administration
July 13-15
Minneapolis, MN

Research Leadership Intensive
July 13-15
Minneapolis, MN

Summer Intensive Training Program
July 13 - 14
Minneapolis, MN