Kudos Korner | Philip A. Cola

by Debra Schaller-Demers on Thursday, January 25, 2018

SRA International members rock! As research management and administration professionals, they never stop improving, learning, achieving, or earning new heights of success. We love sharing good news and offering a well-deserved slap on the back for recent personal and/or professional achievement. In keeping with that sentiment, please join with us as we congratulate Phil Cola on his new faculty position. 

SRA International is a professional networking community of learners. One way to gain knowledge and expertise is to share our stories of successful achievements with our peers and colleagues. Often research managers/administrators are cast in the role of promoting, supporting and applauding others. While this may be gratifying in many respects, it is also healthy to have pride in one’s own accomplishments. Kudos Korner offers SRA International members a wonderful and respectful venue for sharing and “bragging.”


Philip A. Cola, PhD
Associate Professor of Management
Associate Director, Academic Affairs Doctor of Management Programs
Case Western Reserve University
SRAI member since 2001



Earlier this year, Phil Cola transitioned from his 25-year career in research administration into a full-time faculty position at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He holds academic appointments in the Departments of Design and Innovation and Organizational Behavior and he teaches Introduction to Research Inquiry, Causal Analyses of Business Problems II, Leadership Assessment and Development, and Action Research to graduate students.

His career in research administration began in 1989 as the Administrative Director for the Laboratory of Biological Psychiatry at CWRU and he continued in a much broader role as Vice President, Research and Technology at University Hospitals of Cleveland from 1996-2017.  During this time, he published many scholarly and practitioner articles on topics ranging from psychology, psychiatry and research management in prominent journals ranging from the American Journal of Psychiatry, Clinical Translational Science, and the Journal of Research Administration. He has also given dozens of national presentations and seminars on research management including addressing topics as an invited speaker at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation during his career. 

Phil continues in his role as the Director of the Regulatory Knowledge and Support Core of the Clinical Translational Science Award at CWRU, a position he has held since 2007 while he attempts to bring a practitioner scholar approach to the management of research in academic medical centers. He is a strong advocate for continuing education in research administration and research management and enjoys talking with and mentoring SRAI members on these topics.

He has given numerous presentations at SRAI annual and section meetings over the years on a variety of topics including, grants management, IRB administration, research compliance, workforce development and biorepositories. In addition, he currently serves on the Education and Professional Development Committee (EDPC) for SRAI. Finally, he has received the SRA Excellence Award in 2009 and has been SRAI Distinguished Faculty since 2011.

Have Something to Share in Kudos Korner?
If you would like to share your story – please see the criteria below with some examples of noteworthy items of interest to the SRA International community that could be submitted to The Kudos Korner:

  • Recently published papers (e.g., articles, chapters, books, etc.)
  • Presentations (e.g., posters, sessions, workshops, video, web, etc.)
  • Professional Awards and Prizes (e.g., grants, contracts, honorary prizes/awards)
  • Recently earned degrees or professional accreditation (e.g., CRA, CIP, etc.)
  • Other honors (e.g., promotions, contest winners, organizational citations/recognition)
  • Transitions (e.g., new jobs, homes, family, retirement)

Please note that we will try and publish as many submissions as possible each month, but SRA International reserves the right to delay publication for future use or to edit and/or omit at its discretion.

Send requests for more information and all submissions via email to Debra Schaller-Demers at schalled@mskcc.org. We will make all attempts to confirm receipt of your submission and inform you of acceptance for publication. Please use this wording in the Subject Line of your email: SRA Kudos

Be sure to include the following information:

  • Name (First, Last)
  • Degree
  • Organization/Affiliation
  • Email and phone number if we need more information
  • Geographic Location (City, State, Country)
  • SRAI Member Since _________ (YYYY)
  • A separately attached headshot jpg file
  • Description of your honor/accomplishment (limited to 500 words) 

Authored by:
Debra Schaller-Demers
Director, Research Outreach and Compliance
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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