About this program

Professional Skills for Research Leaders is designed to help new faculty, post doctorates, advanced graduate students, and independent researchers enhance their leadership, management and engagement strategies to increase their competitiveness and effectiveness.

Completing the program will help faculty and established researchers to improve their grant writing skills, increase their research impact, ensure robust collaborations, lead productive research teams and projects, communicate across a range of media and extend their reach and influence.  

It encourages the development of transferable skills and can assist universities in meeting funder compliance requirements.

For

Independent researchers, faculty, high-talent doctoral candidates

Lead Advisor

Professor Shelda Debowski

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of Campus, University of Notre Dame Australia

Free Trial:

Free one-week trial to any university wishing to review our courses and assess their suitability for students and staff.

Contact:

James R. Headley

  • (302) 660-1034

Professional Skills For Research Leaders

Course Module ID Core activities Additional activities Released Status
Introduction PSRL 001 1.5 hours 8.0 hours Jan 2014

Overview

This course will introduce participants to the content and purpose of the program and provide them with personalized feedback on which sections may be of most use to them.

Syllabus

  • Welcome
  • Introduction to course components
  • Diagnostic/needs analysis

Contributors

Author

Professor Shelda Debowski

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of Campus, University of Notre Dame Australia

Developing and consolidating your research career PSRL 002 2.8 hours 13 hours Jan 2014

Overview

This course will enable participants to identify strategies, tools, opportunities and people to help establish themselves as a research leader, set realistic goals for career development and understand the importance of measuring progress towards them.

Syllabus

  • Career pathways
  • Enhancing your track record
  • Building breadth and depth in your career strategy
  • Increasing your public profile
  • Contributing to the development of the discipline (including peer review)
  • Monitoring your development and success

Contributors

Author

Dr Dave Filipovic-Carter

Director, Education-Training Ltd and Associate Lecturer, Open University

Reviewer

Professor Ann Austin

Professor and Director of the Global Institute for Higher Education, Michigan State University

Funding your research PSRL 003 2.0 hours 7.0 hours Jan 2014

Overview

The course will help participants gain a good understanding of the complete grant application process, an awareness of factors that influence funding decisions and and potential pitfalls. It will also demonstrate the skills necessary to write applications for grants and other types of funding (fellowships, contracts, philanthropic support) that are compelling and competitive to help secure funding for your research.

Syllabus

  • Competitive contexts
  • Planning your grant (choosing a topic, team, source of funding, estimating costs and time, collaborators, pods with specific national grant information)
  • Writing the grant (creating a persuasive argument, demonstrating impact, tips for good grant writing)
  • Managing your grant requirements (reporting, contract and IPR, budget management, university requirements)
  • Applying for research fellowships

Contributors

Author

Dr Jacob Levin

Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research Development, University of California, Irvine

Reviewer

Dr Lowry McComb

Director of Researcher Development, Durham University

Managing a research team PSRL 004 3.0 hours 8.0 hours Jan 2014

Overview

This course will demonstrate how to assemble a research team with the right mix of people and set the vision and tone for that team, recognise team members' individual needs, motivate your team members and practise effective communication.

Syllabus

  • Organizing your team and workload
  • Managing resources
  • Motivating your team (giving feedback, performance management)
  • Developing your team
  • Key principles of good employment practice
  • When things go wrong
  • HR/compliance issues and the need to develop a detailed set of processes to deal effectively with these

 

Contributors

Author

Professor Peter Bruns

Professor of Genetics Emeritus, Cornell University; retired Vice President for Grants and Special Programs, HHMI

Reviewer

Professor Peter McCaffery

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, London Metropolitan University

Research collaboration PSRL 005 2.5 hours 9.5 hours Jan 2014

Overview

This course will help participants identify and evaluate reasons for engaging in research collaborations, understand how to plan, manage and end a research collaboration and respond professionally to problem situations that can arise in research collaborations.

Syllabus

  • Working with other research groups
  • International collaborations
  • Working with commercial organisations
  • Challenges of cross-disciplinary team working

Contributors

Author

Professor Nicholas Steneck

University of Michigan

Reviewer

Professor Paul Langford

Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London

Communicating your research PSRL 006 3.5 hours 15.8 hours Jan 2014

Overview

This course will help participants understand the key principles that underpin all effective communication, identify the most appropriate channels and develop a tailored communication strategy that takes account of your personal style and circumstances.

Syllabus

  • Your communication strategy
  • Publishing
  • Dealing with the media
  • Internal communications
  • Digital tools and approaches

 

Contributors

Author

Hugh Kearns

Director, Thinkwell and Lecturer, Flinders University

Reviewer

Professor Melissa Anderson

Professor of Higher Education, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development, University of Minnesota

Expert contributors include

  • Professor Shelda Debowski

    Lead advisor

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of Campus, University of Notre Dame Australia

  • Professor Nicholas Steneck

    US version editor

    University of Michigan

  • Dr Jacob Levin

    Author

    Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research Development, University of California, Irvine

  • Professor Ann Austin

    Reviewer

    Professor and Director of the Global Institute for Higher Education, Michigan State University

Development group members

  • Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom
  • Brunel University, United Kingdom
  • Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Durham University, United Kingdom
  • Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Macquarie University, Australia
  • Michigan State University
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • The Open University, United Kingdom
  • Trinity College Dublin, United Kingdom
  • University College Cork (UCC), Ireland
  • University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
  • University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
  • University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Leicester, United Kingdom
  • University of Liege, Belgium
  • University of Limerick, Ireland
  • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom