Stephen C. Block, Assistant Dean for Administration at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool), recently wrote a column for the January/February 2010 issue of NCURA Magazine, published by the National Council of University Research Administrators. Block’s column, “How to Fit Research Administration into an Already Busy Day,” provides tips on how to make the research proposal submission process faster and easier.

Block’s column is aimed at departmental research administrators, who often have many priorities to juggle on top of their research administration duties. When it comes to completing research and grant proposals on time, Block advises administrators to exercise time management skills, set firm deadlines for faculty, use templates and boilerplate text whenever possible, and ask for help from colleagues.

Block serves as budget officer for all Syracuse iSchool accounts and grants administration for sponsored accounts. He also provides analysis and support for all iSchool business processes and serves as the information coordinator and data custodian for the iSchool’s databases. He received a B.S. in Multiple Science from Le Moyne College and an M.S. in Information Management from the Syracuse iSchool.