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Research Administrators Web Forum on Slack

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If you are not a member and would like to be, write ra-forum-help@umich.edu.

 

For Official Business Questions

​​Calling all those interested in research administration (RA) or who work as research administrators (RAs)!  Please our online RA Forum on Slack. Ask questions of peers. Announce events, opportunities, and ideas; discuss challenges, and connect with others. 

Tips on How to Get to Slack and Login

  1. If you are already a member, you can visit directly at http://um-orsp-ra-forum.slack.com or find it at slack.umich.edu.
  2. If you are not a member and would like to be, write ra-forum-help@umich.edu.
  3. Note that if you want to see general U-M DEI, or fitness class information, you will find that under the umichWORKS workspace.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Slack at U-M?

Slack at U-M (U-M Slack) is a collaboration tool that enhances workgroup communications. It provides a searchable platform for individuals and groups to chat in real-time, share content, and keep conversations organized and accessible from anywhere, anytime.


Can I invite others?

Yes! You may invite a colleague by selecting the RA Forum title in the upper left corner. From the drop-down menu, select "Invite People to RA-Forum." Please invite anyone at the University of Michigan who has some interest in Research Administration. 

What happened to Facebook Workplace?

U-M’s use of Workplace ended in September 2021. U-M has adopted Slack as a replacement. 

The RAAC Communications Subcommittee has been hard at work to transition our RA Forum to Slack. We need you in our new space! If you are not a member and would like to be, write ra-forum-help@umich.edu.


How can I get or change Notifications for discussion here?

  1. Change Notification Preferences.
    1. From your desktop, click your profile picture in the top right.
    2. Select Preferences.
    3. Choose Notifications.

Can ORSP or Sponsored Programs answer my questions on Slack?

No, sorry. We want to be consistent with communication. Please refer to the Communications Best Practices guide. The leadership of ORSP and Sponsored Programs have asked that their staff members not use this forum (or at least not answer questions on it). Rest assured, you can reach us through the usual channels. Visit the  ORSP website or the Sponsored Programs website for information on policies or procedures. 


Can I use my standard Slack account?

Yes. Conveniently, the accounts are associated. The RA Forum is a different Workspace on Slack (as is umichWORKS or other Slack Workspaces in which you participate/collaborate. The reach of RA Forum is only with U-M staff and affiliates. You will be prompted to use your "@ umich.edu " email address to sign in.


Who would use this site?

Any at U-M working in or interested in research administration who want to connect, and help, share or learn more through informal conversations and exchanges with colleagues. It is not intended to constitute professional advice, nor does anything reflect the University of Michigan or department policy. In fact, to keep it informal, we are asking that ORSP Project Representatives and Finance-Sponsored Programs Customer Service Coordinators /Accountants do not participate. In plain English, all of this means that we provide this resource to you to network and share ideas. Think of it as a virtual hallway or table conversation with similar colleagues. Be kind, considerate, and always defer to your department or unit for policies. 

When you need a formal response, you can reach them through the official channels for specific project questions.  


Other Reminders

Remember that practices and policies vary from unit to unit and person to person. Confirm any takeaways using your best judgment. Always check with your School/College/Unit/Department. 

Additionally, this is informally moderated by the RAAC Communications Subcommittee. We try to help keep the conversation going, but this is a crowd-sourced effort.

Questions?

Questions or Comments about the RA Forum?  Contact the Communications subcommittee of the Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC) with questions or suggestions. You can reach us at  raac.comm@umich.edu.