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OSP Director's Corner

By Dara Little

Happy New Year! I hope your 2014 is getting off to a successful start. This time of year always fills me with optimism and high expectations for the year ahead, both personally and professionally. Professionally, this includes continuing our work in OSP to provide the best support possible for NIU faculty and staff who seek and secure external funding.

My expectations for the year ahead include a number of goals for OSP. These include the development of more transparent and better defined policies and procedures, a re-evaluation of internal workloads to ensure the highest quality proposal development support for all faculty and staff, and lastly, the development of a plan to implement electronic routing for proposal review.

As OSP embarks on these goals, we will seek feedback to better understand the diverse needs of the faculty and staff we support, as well as to gauge what OSP is doing well and where improvements can be made. It is my hope that these assessments will help OSP understand how to prioritize our goals and how to best implement changes for the campus community.

While we will keep you posted as we further develop our assessment plan, your feedback is always welcome, so please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2014.

Dara