Learning and Development

The RF offers a wide range 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 recurring L&D offerings which are made available for you. For enrollment questions contact learning@rfsuny.org.

Learning & Development Announcements

Winter 2021-2022 Learning Series - Coming Soon!

Fall 2021 Learning Series

Summer 2021 Learning Series

Spring 2021 Learning Series


Video Learning

Topics suitable for a variety of roles across the system. Review past sessions on the RF YouTube Channel or Learning Tuesday archive.

Quarterly Leading People Responsibly

Customized leadership training offered throughout the year.

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

Thrice Yearly Operations Manager (OM) & Deputy OM Orientation

In-person or virtual classroom orientation for new OM & Deputy OMs. 

Twice Yearly RF Overview Classroom Training

In-person or virtual 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 webinar sessions are available for all Report Center users.

Self-Paced 30-60-90 Day Learning Plans

Click here to access orientation materials for new hires.

Click here to access orientation materials for new supervisors.

Employee Conduct During Travel Status

Click here to access materials.

SPA Fundamentals

SPA Fundamentals is an online course 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 or contact learning@rfsuny.org to be enrolled.

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.

Compliance Training

The RF Central Office Corporate Compliance Team regularly offers training across the enterprise. Their catalog of classroom trainings includes the following courses: Understanding Corporate Ethics for All Employees, Conflicts of Interest, Managing Conflicts of Interest Overview: Nepotism & Gifts, Investigator Training, Ethics & Leadership, Ethics & Diversity, and Speaking Truth to Power. Additionally, the Compliance Team has a number of animated training videos available as well as archived virtual training courses. For compliance training requests contact RFCompliance@rfsuny.org and learning@rfsuny.org.

For more information about RF Learning and Development, contact: 

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

Jenna Lehr, Deputy Learning Officer

Nadia S. Digges, Learning & Development Coordinator

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