From the Editor's Desk.

Author:Linker, Timothy L.
Position::Editorial
 
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Anniversaries are a time of celebration, as we reflect upon the past and look forward in anticipation. This issue of the Journal of Research Administration is no different. As an imprint of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI), the Journal is pleased to dedicate this issue in commemoration the Society's fiftieth anniversary. Throughout this issue, we rediscover our past, examine our present, and ponder our future.

The Society established the Journal in 1967. In the intervening forty years, the Journal has laid to page numerous articles that have shaped our profession. In this issue, we highlight two previously printed articles that are representative of our body of work. First, Edward N. Brandt's prophetic article Research Administration in a Time of Change, originally published in 1987, offers a research administration road map for the past thirty years. In it, Brandt offers his thoughts on how research administrators would need to respond to challenges on the horizon. Its clarity and consideration are timeless. Next, Dr. Robert Porter's 2005 Rod Rose Award winning article Why Academics Have a Hard Time Writing Good Grant Proposals, continues to be cited and used throughout our field. In it, Dr. Porter discusses the inherent differences in grant and academic writing styles. Dr. Porter also offers research administrators strategies to assist their faculty. Twelve years later, research administrators and faculty would both be well-served to read and incorporate Dr. Porter's precepts.

In examining our present, Snyder and coauthors examine the skills and knowledge needed to serve as a chief research officer in their article The Roles of Chief Research Officers at American Research Universities: A Current Profile and Challenges for the Future. The authors also offer insights on effective ways to prepare future candidates. In their article Greater than the Sum of its Parts: A Qualitative Study of the Role of the Coordinating Center in Facilitating Coordinated Collaborative...

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