Dana Simpson, MPA, CRA, CFCM

Nominee for Region III Chair-Elect

Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, Georgia Institute of Technology


Personal Statement

I am honored to be nominated for Chairperson-Elect for NCURA Region III.  I pledge to represent Region III with professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication.  I first joined NCURA in 1999 and membership has brought great value to my career, including superb training and professional development and access to best practices and shared resources.  NCURA’s rich program of continuing education, contextualized to university research administration, is a tremendous benefit of membership.  But perhaps the greater benefit is the network of friendships I have developed across Region III—and nationally—as a result of my participation.  I am excited to give back to the organization and its members by sharing my expertise and serving as Chairperson-Elect.

Currently I am the Director of the Office of Sponsored Program (OSP) at the Georgia Institute of Technology with a team of 30 professionals managing a $700 million sponsored research portfolio.  My career in Sponsored Programs at the Georgia Tech started in 1993.  During these 23 years, I have actively been involved in pre- and post-award activities for grants and contracts, subawards and master agreements, award closeout, and implementation of federal electronic research administration systems.  These experiences have afforded me the opportunity to engage in successful collaborations with colleagues and campus constitutes at various stages of the research project lifecycle.  Together, we have made systems more efficient, improved service and relationships, and contributed to the quality of excellence at Georgia Tech—ranked seventh among public universities by U.S. News & World Reports, a member of the American Association of Universities, and classified by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with very high research activity.

I have actively participated in resources to advance our community of practice, and I am always willing to volunteer as a resource, mentor, or advocate in developing resources and opportunities or coaching others considering participation. In support of my professional and career development I became a Certified Research Administrator (2012) and a Certified Federal Contract Manager (2013).  In addition, I have served as a workshop presenter and volunteer at NCURA Region III meetings.  I am grateful that leaders and colleagues were available to guide me in my professional pursuits, and, with a spirit of appreciation, I would gladly carry the torch and help connect others with important resources and relationships.

In addition to my NCURA involvement, and comprehensive knowledge about research administration, I am currently an elected member of Georgia Tech’s Faculty Executive Board where I serve as the campus liaison for the Welfare and Security Committee.  I also had the pleasure of teaching and coordinating a freshman seminar course, GT1000, a one-credit hour, letter-graded seminar course offered to incoming freshman.  I believe these experiences will serve me well in the role of Chairperson-Elect.

Again, thank you for considering me for this position.  I am dedicated and committed to helping the research administration community build collaborative professional relationships and I strongly believe in giving back to the profession by sharing my experience and skills.