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 webinar sessions are available for all Report Center users.

Self-Paced Virtual New Hire

Click here to access orientation materials for new hires.

Click here to access orientation materials for new supervisors.

Click here to access orientation materials for new hires and supervisors regarding Employee Conduct During Travel Status

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.

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.

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 Saying No 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, Learning & Development Manager

Laurel McAdoo, Assistant Director, HR

Nadia S. Digges, Learning & Development Coordinator

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