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Research administrators recognized with certification

Submitted by Kyle Troutman on April 23, 2011 – 11:40 amNo Comment

Two UALR employees in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (OSRP) recently completed a course in research administration, furthering their education and qualification in the field.

Allen Stanley, senior grants and contracts specialist, and research assistant Angela Willis, both earned the designations of Certified Research Administrator (CRA), given by the Research Administrators Certification Board of Directors.

“This recognition reflects their demonstrated knowledge and competency in the field of research administration and their passing of a rigorous comprehensive examination,” said Patrick Pellicane, vice provost for research and dean of the UALR graduate school.

Certification is part of a process called credentialing, which indicates competence in the specialized field of research and sponsored programs administration. The certification is a plus in the eyes of employers, proving that the CRA has a certain level of knowledge in the field.

“The primary driving factor for my choosing to go through the certification process was my experience in research administration.  I had several years direct experience, and felt it was a natural progression to obtain the certification,” Stanley said.

“It means different things to different institutions,” Willis said. “It’s not required [at UALR], but it is preferred.”

The staff of the OSRP held a weekly short course to train research administrators in fundamentals of the field. The course helped prepare Stanley and Willis to take the CRA test.

“By obtaining the certification I have shown to UALR that I have been examined by an independent professional certifying organization and found to possess a certain level of basic knowledge of research and sponsored program administration,” Stanley said.

“I am hoping it will help me financially and with my duties in the future,” Willis said. “I’d like to get my terminal degree and get work, if not in higher [education], in higher [education] administration.”

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