This year during the Annual NORDP Research Conference, I joined presenters Kay Tindle, PhD of Texas Tech and Kimberly Eck, PhD of Emory University to share results and facilitate discussion during their session: “Gender in Research Development and Compensation Advocacy.” Surveys and interviews were conducted with NORDP members to answer questions like:
- Is there a statistically significant difference in the salaries of male and female Research Development (RD) professionals, controlling for job titles, degree type, and institution type?
- What are the career aspirations of RD professionals based on gender?
- How are opportunities for and barriers to career advancement perceived among RD professionals?
Sarah Yecke is a Client Engagement Lead at InfoReady. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan and has worked in development, enrollment management, and student affairs.