Faculty Development and Education

The Office for Research Development (ORD) offers on-going workshops for faculty on topics such as Pivot – Identifying Funding Opportunities and ORED and OSP Overview. The workshop descriptions and registration links are below. Contact Angie Shotts at acshotts@ua.edu with questions.

Special Topic Workshops and Networking Sessions

The Office for Research Development (ORD) offers workshops and networking sessions to support faculty in their research and scholarly endeavors.

The special topic workshops, networking sessions, and on-going workshops are offered throughout the academic year and are announced on the Research News Listserv.


If you have questions about a specific session or scheduling a workshop for a group, contact Angie Shotts at acshotts@ua.edu.


Office for Research Calendar of Events



***All workshops and networking sessions will be on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and password.

ORED and OSP Overview

Presented by Angie Shotts, Office for Research Development and Jennifer Mills, Office for Sponsored Programs, this session provides an overview of the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED) and offices, staff, and programs available to support UA researchers. Attendees will also learn how to work with OSP in the preparation, submission, and administration of their research proposals and awards as well as an overview of the Cayuse proposal submission online system. All sessions will be on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the link and password. The session is one hour long. 

Date and time:  Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvdeqrrzkoG9YG3lZYnfesVb2LjzBAuJUJ

Date and time:  Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqd-murjopGdaHPFs5c6OyEHki8-svozTo

Date and time:  Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUufuqtrD8pEtwffjpCdKKChK5XipegMbua

Date and time:  Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwscOivqTouH9e8r5tizYG4Cp2yhhzbg9gF

Date and time:  Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrduCgrzkrEtXjU-XdcWEOh-v7Yc9UKkkn

Date and time:  Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkfuisrTMpE9Fk-4-pnZO9OvH8WclgqdIk

If interest warrants, additional sessions will be scheduled for November and December. Contact Angie Shotts to schedule a group or individual session.


Pivot – Identifying Funding Opportunities

Presented by Angie Shotts, Office for Research Development, attendees will learn how to utilize Pivot to locate external funding opportunities. Research faculty and staff are encouraged to create an account in Pivot and to receive personalized weekly Funding Alert emails with funding announcements that match their specific research interests. Funding sponsors include federal agencies, commercial organizations, private foundations, other nonprofits, and professional associations. The session is one hour long.

Pivot’s user interface will have multiple updates effective September 9, 2020, including a new home dashboard for each user. The functionality of Pivot will remain unchanged. Saved funding searches and tracked funding opportunities will remain saved in users’ accounts. All faculty, staff, and students, have access to Pivot. An overview and instructional videos are available here in the Pivot: How to Locate External Funding Announcements section.

If interest warrants, additional sessions will be scheduled for November and December. Contact Angie Shotts to schedule a group or individual session.

Date and time:  Monday, September 14, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0td-CvqTIqGdEARlk3qLu0EuZjhmlp9TAX

Date and time:  Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qcuuoqjkoGdOBNWfYMCJ9CsPGEasunFwu

Date and time:  Friday, September 18, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcuc-6sqzIiHtA7UXlJ0_ekEWHUS2IVQX4S

 Date and time:  Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pf-mopz0uHdwspcz1nlovPo9xBbsvcgMX

 Date and time:  September 24, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvdu6uqz4vHNxwMjjPOaFTiiR_Qs3MPBr6

 Date and time:  Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIucuyvqDIsG9wV9m3wQ3lKAWjbVhTKSGKr

Date and time:  Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tduusrD0vH9V3LYtk0tn2J7zxXoLj9whY


Networking: Environmental Health 

The National Environmental Health Association defines Environmental Health as the science and practice of preventing human injury and illness and promoting well-being by identifying and evaluating environmental sources and hazardous agents and limiting exposures to hazardous physical, chemical, and biological agents in air, water, soil, food, and other environmental media or settings that may adversely affect human health.

This networking session focuses on developing new collaborations between researchers with interests and expertise in environmental health and science.  Research faculty and staff from across all disciplines including health and nursing, social sciences, biology, engineering, computing, and data analytics are encouraged to participate.

Date and time:  Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErduitpzsiHtMLLle3Dkh8Cx4F1wlwUnap


Economic and Business Engagement: Open Forum

What keeps you from working with industry partners? Do you know where or how to start? What are your biggest concerns or obstacles?

Dan Blakley joined the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED) as the Associate Vice President for Economic and Business Engagement in January 2020. His new position coincides with the implementation of the ORED five-year strategic plan. Research faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this open forum to share how he and ORED can better support faculty in their efforts to cultivate strong, lasting collaborations with industry partners, as well as efforts to commercialize IP through license agreements or start-ups. Representatives from related ORED offices, such as Research and Technology Agreements, the Office for Innovation and Commercialization, Edge Labs, and UA’s Economic and Business Engagement office in Mobile, AL will be joined by Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute director, Dr. Theresa Welbourne, to discuss available resources and support, answer questions and hear your suggestions and requests.

Date and time:  Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvd-uvqDooH9Lp-zoW_8txWX6tYc2bcg8G


Networking: Substance Abuse Disorder

The current opioid crisis has been a focus area for many researchers and funding agencies. However, the prevalence of abuse and addiction to other substances also remains a serious health concern for Alabama. Substance Abuse Disorders (SUD) are often part of a comorbid diagnosis with PTSD, sleep disorders, and other mental or physical health illnesses.

This networking session will bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to explore new collaborations and research projects. We are particularly interested in research related to the biological underpinnings and psychosocial causes and consequences of SUD. A special emphasis will be placed on developing groups that will begin joint publications that will lead to research proposals.

Date and time:  Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrcuGhrDktEtI3vYeZ9YwK6iFLA74LYhIG


CCTS: An Overview 

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) was established in 2008 and is funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Housed at UAB, CCTS is one of more than 50 CTSA programs nationwide and the only CTSA in Alabama. CCTS serves a population with a heavy burden of cardiometabolic, vascular, and cancer-related diseases. The University of Alabama is a member of the CCTS Partner Network.

During this session, UA research faculty will learn about the services and programs available to them through our partnership with CCTS. The anticipated speakers are Dr. Robert Kimberly, CCTS Director, Dr. Orlando Gutierrez, CCTS Deputy Director, Dr. Jennifer Croker, CCTS Sr. Admin Director, Dr. Robert Kimberly, and Dr. Orlando M. Gutierrez.

Date and time: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYude6hqTMiHdeenFvXKjP2IzzZHQmly8I3


Basics of Contracts 

Lauren Wilson and the staff in the Office for Research and Technology Agreements (ORTA) will discuss building relationships and working with private sponsors with a focus on the process of contract negotiations and regulations. This workshop is appropriate for faculty with interests in developing projects that require individualized legal agreements with governmental sponsors, for-profit businesses, non-profit entities, or other private sponsorships. Contracts with external groups are necessary for activities that range from research undertakings to collaborations for artistic endeavors.

Date and time:  Monday, November 9, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtdumsrTgsEtRap6WxA2_-w-SRoeoBo2hT


Working with Industry Partners: Where Do I Start?   

Creating a new relationship with an industry partner can be complex and intimidating. How do I initiate contact? When do I contact my Grant Specialist in OSP? When do we discuss the budget and overhead? Am I committing myself to something that is outside what is allowable at UA?  Presented by Lauren Wilson and members of the Office for Research and Technology Agreements (ORTA), this workshop and open forum will address these and other questions that are critical to faculty who are and plan to collaborate with industry partners. ORTA coordinates all industry contracts and other sponsored research agreements negotiations for the Office for Research and Economic Development. The presenters will share lessons learned to help faculty avoid unknown pitfalls and common mistakes. Attendees will also learn tips on how to work with the industry partner and OSP early in the process to ensure negotiations are speedy, and the relationship begins on a positive note.

Date and time:  Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqdO2grDIqE9UNg7QoTq7SyKIK-b4ylJ-U


Networking: Collaborative Arts Research Initiative

The Collaborative Arts Research Initiative (CARI) is an interdisciplinary, arts-focused research engine driven by the interests of faculty from across the University. By facilitating collaborations across disciplines, CARI maximizes the impact of faculty arts research, while enriching the University, local, and regional communities.

This speed networking session seeks to assist UA faculty interested in pursuing collaborative arts research. We invite UA faculty members from a wide range of disciplines to participate in a discussion of ongoing projects, potential funding sources, and next steps toward forming collaborative teams and structuring projects. We encourage faculty with active research projects as well as those with interest in future projects to participate in this networking opportunity.

Speed Networking is a fun and fast-paced way to bring together faculty researchers from different disciplines who otherwise might not meet. The goal is to provide a structured format in which researchers can explore new partnerships outside their usual group of collaborators, discuss research expertise, spark new approaches, and evaluate the potential for future collaboration.

Date and time:  Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pdumqqjkuGtf3vZyRG2TvwPm4ZGk7T-Ci


Taped Sessions and Videos

All videos are password protected. Please contact Angie Shotts to request the password to access the items listed below.