The IT Works team is pleased to celebrate a national day of recognition for research administrators. September 25, 2015 is the inaugural “National Research Administrator Day” – an honor spearheaded by the National Council of University Research Administrators.
As previous research administrators and collaborators for more than 25 years, our team well knows the contributions research administrators make to support faculty, researchers and their institutions around the world. These dedicated professionals help drive innovation, research and scientific breakthroughs that benefit us all.
Research administrators contribute in many types of organizations. They serve higher education in liberal arts colleges and research universities, health and medical institutions, research institutions, federal and both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
As the proclamation for National Research Administrator Day notes, research administrators and managers serve an important role in supporting research. They serve faculty and researchers, protect the institution or organization and assure sound stewardship of sponsored research dollars.
Reflections on National Research Administrator Day
In honor of this special day, two IT Works team members share their thoughts about the importance of research administrators, and a reflection on the contributions they have made:
“IT Works is in a unique position to reflect on the contributions made by research administrators. Those professionals who dedicate their career to helping administer cutting-edge research do much to improve the health and well-being of the larger community.
Involvement in research has always been an important part of my life – starting with physical science experiments in elementary school, to cancer and neuroscience research during undergraduate school and monitoring cerebral blood flow for stroke research as a graduate student. Through all these endeavors, I came to realize the importance of teamwork, and research administrators are key members of any research team.
One might say that the effort of research teams helped inspire the origins of IT Works. Today, our primary focus lies in creating and implementing software solutions to help with the management of these teams. And I have been fortunate to experience the results of research aided by research administrators who use our solutions in my own life. You can see my personal story of thanks here.”
–Jim Wrenn, PhD: IT Works, Inc. President and CEO
“As many research administrators would profess, my career plan did not include a path as a research administrator. Through my time as a research administrator though, I gained a deeper appreciation for the work that faculty and researchers perform to create a better world through environmental, health and scientific change as well as expanding our understanding of the world through historical, cultural and social analysis.
It became evident over time what a challenge it is for faculty and researchers to manage submissions, provide oversight for existing projects, keep current on spending as well as manage compliance related issues. This realization highlighted the need for individuals to assist.
With great honor, dedication and commitment to the field, research administrators serve a greater need by facilitating the many requirements faculty and researchers face daily. Without this assistance, research at its many levels would be stifled and progress would be limited.
It is with deep appreciation and gratitude that I say thank you to research administrators who serve in this wonderful field throughout the many organizations worldwide.”
–Andrea Comley, IT Works, Inc. Director of Implementation and Training
National Research Administrator Day Resources
As developers and implementers of grant management systems, our efforts are dedicated to helping research administrators and those in the research community work more efficiently, taking the burden off accounting, effort certification and other administration tasks.
We join with NCURA in sending congratulations and sincere thanks to all professionals on National Research Administrator Day!
Learn more about National Research Administrator Day here.