Why Research Administration?
In the world of available careers, why research administration? Because I cannot think of a single thing that is more important in this world than pediatric research. Studies have shown that the percentage of time that faculty spend conducting research vs. doing administrative tasks is a cavernous trench of unproductivity.
That is why I choose pediatric research administration—for the kids.
If I can help to close the cavernous trench of unproductivity for my investigators by handling some of the paperwork, it means that actual research gets accomplished, cures get found, and millions of kids are leading healthier and longer lives. And in the end, that’s the most important thing.
What’s a multipotentialite?
I’m a “multipotentialite,” which means I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I was growing up, so instead I did a little bit of everything. I am a graphic designer who can turn a medical illustration or financial report into a stunning piece of artwork. I am an English major that can copyedit a complex scientific journal article. I am an administrator who can put together one heck of an international conference while juggling a busy calendar. I’m a project manager and a researcher with a taste for curiosity that rivals the stamina of Thomas Edison. I bring everything I’ve learned to every new project that I pursue. Adaptability is the single most important skill in the 21st century.
Tell me about yourself.
I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master’s of Science in Administration and Research Administration. Previously, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Central Missouri. I currently work for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri with pediatric research in the Department of Pediatrics. I live in a rural suburb 30 miles north of Kansas City. I live with my husband, daughter, and two dogs.
Where are you going?
I am a life-long learner, and that means I will go to every single class, course, seminar, and lecture I can get my hands on. I love learning about new things and exploring new methodology. I crave creativity and will act with imagination. I can quickly take control of an out-of-control situation; look at the big picture to see our end goal and then zoom into the details to prioritize what needs to happen immediately, who needs to be notified, what needs to be approved, and when things need to be canceled in the interest of time. I hate to waste time in unproductive or stagnant states. I need to know that what I’m doing has meaning and aligns with my beliefs. I want to contribute to the wellbeing of humanity on a personal level. This is what led to my career in research administration.