Interested in presenting at the 2020 Regional Meeting? Learn more about session types and tracks!

What types of sessions are you looking for?

Concurrent Sessions: Concurrent sessions are 60- to 75-minute formal presentations. These sessions are usually lecture-style and have accompanying slides, but they may be more interactive. Case studies and other structured creative activities are welcome. There is usually some question and answer time built in at the end. Proposals for concurrent sessions must include two or three specific learning objectives.

Discussion Groups: Discussion groups are small group, facilitated conversations. Discussions are 60- to 75-minutes long and should usually have no more than two facilitators. Discussion group leaders promote active participation by suggesting a direction, posing questions, keeping the discussion on topic, helping participants make connections, etc. Specific learning objectives are not required.

Spark Sessions: These are 15-20 minute, high-energy offerings that focus on a clear and specific tip, practice, or nugget of research administration wisdom. Visuals are not required, but if you use them, please limit slides to five or fewer.

Concept Posters: Posters focus on innovative ideas, tools, or practices in research administration. Concepts are presented visually on a 36”x48” poster display. Accepted posters will be displayed throughout the meeting, with a designated time for presenters to accompany posters and speak about their innovation.
Concept Poster Leads: 
Region III: Stacy Bass, Georgia Institute of Technology
Region IV: John Maurer, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Workshops: These are deep-dive presentations, traditionally supported with slides and handouts. They are taught by subject matter experts in a classroom-style setting. Presenters may propose either a half-day (3 contact hours) or a full-day (6 contact hours) workshop, depending upon the subject matter to be covered. Workshops require three or more learning objectives.
Workshop Leads: 
Region III: Scott Niles, Georgia Institute of Technology
Region IV: Kathy Durben, Marquette University

Breakfast Round Tables: Informal, give-and-take roundtable discussions that provide a comfortable and casual context to ask questions and gain new information about trends, current issues or specific challenges.  Moderated by a table discussion leader, each table addresses a different topic.

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Which track should I select for my presentation?

We have 11 tracks identified this year. Select the one that you feel is the best fit. If you feel it fits into multiple tracks, don’t worry! The program committee will discuss which track is the best fit and sessions can be cross-listed in the final program.

Compliance: Sessions related to all areas of research compliance, including risk assessment, animal care and use, human subjects, conflict of interest, export controls, data management, responsible conduct of research, environmental health and safety, etc.
Track Leads: 
Region III: Melanie Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology
Region IV: Jamie Szabo, University of Missouri

Departmental: Sessions of interest to research administrators who report to an academic unit, research center, lab, or even a single PI.
Track Leads:
Region III: Lacey Rhea, University of Florida
Region IV: Kristin Harmon, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Electronic Research Administration (ERA): Sessions related to the electronic submission and management of proposals and awards for sponsored funding.
Track Leads: 
Region III: TBD
Region IV: TBD

Federal: Sessions related to funding opportunities, rules, and regulations for federal grants and contracts.
Track Leads: 
Region III: Greg Adams, Broward College
Region IV: Michelle Schoenecker, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Medical/Clinical: Sessions that address issues related to academic medical centers, hospitals, and related institutions that conduct research.
Track Leads: 
Region III: TBD
Region IV: TBD

Preaward: Sessions related to finding funding, putting proposal teams together, writing proposals, developing budgets, institutional review and approval processes, proposal submission, and post-submission follow-up activities such as resubmission.
Track Leads: 
Region III: Ken Carter, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Region IV: Blair Stauffer, Medical College of Wisconsin

Postaward: Sessions related to award setup, financial management, rebudgeting, expenditure review, subrecipient monitoring, financial reporting, audit, cost sharing, closeout, etc.
Track Leads: 
Region III: TBD
Region IV: Dorothy Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUI): Sessions of interest to research administrators who work at institutions that are generally more focused on teaching than research, serve a mostly undergraduate student body, and/or are relatively new to applying for external funding and managing sponsored research projects.
Track Leads: 
Region III: Alison Krauss, Western Carolina University
Region IV: Carl Fox, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Professional Development: Sessions related to the development of soft skills such as leadership, communication, or interpersonal skills in research administration settings. Topics related to wellness or work-life balance for research administrators are also of interest.
Track Leads: 
Region III: Candice Ferguson, Georgia State University
Region IV: Fouza Yusuf, Medical College of Wisconsin

Senior: Sessions of interest to very experienced research administrators, including topics such as succession planning, retirement considerations, giving back to the profession, and options for remaining active in the field post-retirement.
Track Leads:
Region III: Jill Tincher, University of Georgia
Region IV: TBD

Special Interest/Other: Have an idea that doesn’t quite fit any of the above descriptions? Pitch it and let the program committee consider where it might fit!
Track Leads:
Region III: Ashley Whitaker, Nova Southeastern University

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What are the different session levels?

Basic sessions assume some level of fundamental knowledge of research administration. Participants have limited experience in the subject area. They may be completely new to research administration, or they may be looking to grow their knowledge in a new area.  

Intermediate sessions are appropriate for individuals with some knowledge and experience in the subject area, individuals who are mid-level managers and directors in their fields with an established degree of competence, and those seeking to build on, apply, or enhance existing knowledge.

Advanced sessions focus on in-depth knowledge and are at a high level with peer-to-peer sharing, creativity, and innovation. Topics may be highly technical or detailed, preparing learners to shape organizational strategy and aid in the growth or progress of best practices. This level is appropriate for senior staff and executives with significant expertise, knowledge, and experience who could be deemed experts in the field.

Overview sessions provide a general review of a subject area from a broader perspective and are of interest to a variety of experience levels.

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What if I have an idea but need help finding someone to present with me?

We can help you with that! First, fill out this form. Our presenter liaisons will reach out and help you find a co-presenter. You can also submit your idea to the call for proposals and note that you do not have a co-presenter in mind. We also encourage you to reach out to your region’s presenter liaison or any of the track chairs if you have questions.

Presenter Liaisons 
Region III: Leigh Stephens, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 
Region IV: Melanie Hebl, University of Wisconsin – Madison

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Last Updated 8/27/19