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Dara Little elected to international research administrators board

November 9, 2020

Dara Little, assistant vice president for research and sponsored programs at NIU, has been elected to the board of directors for the Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International.

Dara Little, assistant vice president for research and sponsored programs

SRA International is the premier global research management society providing education, professional development and the latest comprehensive information about research management to professionals from over 40 countries.

Little has been a research administrator for two decades and has been with NIU since 2005. In her current role, she oversees Sponsored Programs Administration and a number of research operations functions within the office of the vice president for research.

The SRA International Board of Directors devotes time and effort throughout the year to enhance the organization through the service of governance. Being part of the growing SRA International network provides access to the changing research management landscape and fosters relationships among collaborating institutions.

“I’m pleased that Dara has taken a leadership role with SRA International, which maintains the largest network of research managers in the world,” said Gerald Blazey, vice president of NIU’s Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships. “As a member of the board of directors, Dara will enhance the professionalism and progressiveness of our division.”

SRA International’s major strength is its diversity. It is the only research management society in the world whose membership spans the entire spectrum of research institutions, including colleges and universities, research hospitals and institutes, government agencies, non-profit funders and industry.

Little is currently co-chair of SRA International’s Education and Professional Development Committee (EPDC). Previously, she chaired the Certificates Committee and co-chaired the redesign of the Practice of Research Administration and Management (PRAM) certificate. Little also served as president and treasurer for the Midwest Section and was a recipient of the Section’s Founders and Newcomers awards. In 2014, she was a co-chair for the SRAI Annual International Meeting. Little is an SRAI Distinguished Faculty and a Certified Research Administrator.

“I’m excited to continue SRAI’s outstanding work to train those who support and manage research while advancing the field of research administration,” Little said. “It’s extra work, but a great way to stay current in the field.”