Free NCURA Webinar: Strategies for Working with Investigators Crucial, Critical, Courageous Conversations

Dear Colleagues:


The Office of Research is providing access to the Live Virtual NCURA Workshop – Strategies for Working with Investigators: Crucial, Critical, Courageous Conversations to the campus community free of charge. This live webinar will be held on Monday, July 24th at 11:00am. To register, you will need to click on the unique link below. Please do not share this link with anyone outside of the UC Irvine community. You must use your email address to register, or your registration may be cancelled by NCURA. If your NCURA account is set up with your personal email address, you’ll need to set up a free account using your email (you can do so by clicking here to create a new profile).


Unique Registration Link:





July 24, 2023

2-3:30 pm Eastern Time ~ Webinar

3:35 – 4:30 pm Eastern Time ~ After the Show Conversation


Research administrators live with dual roles, serving to facilitate our investigators’ research while also monitoring compliance with sponsor and university regulations. The work we do to assist investigators with their proposals and awards helps build a relationship that engenders trust. That trust, however fragile, supports our interactions when difficult communications are necessary. Trust is definitely the starting point for potentially contentious meetings, but it is not sufficient by itself. If conflict, anger, or resentment arise, research administrators will need tools to listen to each investigator’s perspective, to calmly convey their own messages, to gain understanding of opposing positions, and to offer options to investigators. This session will provide insight into the special pressures facing our investigators; offer suggestions on building positive relationships; discuss ideas for handling instances of conflict and anger; and present tips for best practices in your communications. The webinar will include time for questions, suggestions, and anecdotes.




Jamie Caldwell

External Consultant and Interim Sr. Director for Research Administration and Operations, University of Missouri – Columbia


Kim Moreland

Associate Vice

Chancellor for Research

Administration, University

of Wisconsin – Madison


Jill Frazier Tincher

Executive Director,

Sponsored Programs

Administration, University

of Georgia





National Council of University Research Administrators

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National Council of University Research Administrators | 1015 18th Street NW, Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036


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