Learning and Development

The RF offers a wide variety of learning and development offerings: in-person classroom trainings, virtual webinars, video based modules and self-paced content to suit a variety of training needs.

Listed below is the suite of reoccurring L&D offerings which are made available for you to enroll in from the Learning & Development Calendar above.

Demo & Discuss

Targeted, specialized virtual training via WebEx with demo, discussion and Q&A. Available live and recorded for play-back. All sessions archived here

Monthly Learning Tuesday Program

Just in time virtual training. Topics suitable for large audiences & a variety of roles across the system. All past sessions archived here

Quarterly Leading People Responsibly

In-person classroom training offered at campus locations around the state. Or, if you cannot attend an in-person session watch Leading People Responsibly: 

Leading People Responsibly
Part I
Leading People Responsibly
Part II
Leading People Responsibly
Professional Development

Thrice Yearly OM & Deputy OM Orientation

In-person classroom orientation located at Central Office for new OM & Deputy OMs. 

Twice Yearly RF Overview Classroom Training

In-person classroom training for employees new to the organization or those who wish to learn the big picture and history of the RF. Or, if you cannot attend an in-person session watch the RF Overview:

Welcome to the RF OverviewSponsored Programs, Technology
Transfer & Finance 101
Corporate Governance and

Report Center Training 

In-person and virtual courses available for new and advanced users alike.

Self-Paced Virtual New Hire

Click here to access orientation materials for new hires.

Click here to access orientation materials for new supervisors.

SPA Fundamentals:

SPA Fundamentals is an online course (available by request within WeComply) that guides employees through the requirements and protocols of grants management, providing participants with the skills and knowledge they need to assist and guide faculty researchers.  **Please coordinate with your Campus Training Contacts to request a license to access the course.


All new RF employees are automatically assigned a WeComply account where they can access a library of online trainings and be assigned job specific online trainings. SUNY employees who work on RF business may also be assigned a WeComply account. For Questions on the process of obtaining or using WeComply please email learning@rfsuny.org.

Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program is a professional development opportunity that matches knowledgeable mentors with RF staff looking to develop their talents and expertise in all areas of RF business. Click here to learn about the program.

Research Administrators' Virtual Academy

A NEW 12-month development program designed by Research Administrators’, for Research Administrators’. Ten two-hour virtual sessions will offer participants from SUNY and the RF the opportunity to increase their sponsored program knowledge in Research Administration. This program is for staff that has completed SPA Fundamentals and are interested in furthering their career in Research Administration. Click here to learn more.

For more information about RF Learning and Development, contact: 

Kathleen Caggiano-Siino, Vice President, Human Resources
(518) 434-7132

Jami Kingsley, Learning & Development Coordinator

Jenna Lehr, Learning & Development Manager

Laurel McAdoo, HR Administrator

For additional Central Office Contacts click here to access the organization charts.