Erin Kennedy

Academic and Research Integrity Coordinator
Office for Academic and Research Integrity, Harvard Medical School
Harvard employee since 2013

Erin Kennedy

Q: What is one of the best parts of your job?
A: I work with the conflict of interest side of our office as well as research misconduct. We review faculty members’ outside activities – work they do for companies or organizations other than Harvard – to see if there could be any conflicts of interest between those activities and the research they’re doing here at Harvard. I truly enjoy learning about the research being done here. Our faculty members are doing fascinating things.

Q: What made you decide to work at Harvard?
A: I had just graduated and contacted a temp agency, and there was a position open at Harvard. I started as a temp and was hired full time after a couple of months. When I came on, the office was working to establish a database so faculty members could do their outside activities reports online. I had to learn the system and some of the back-end stuff. I discovered I really liked the analytical and technical aspects of the software.

Q: What is your favorite benefit or perk of working at Harvard?
A: The Tuition Assistance Program, definitely. I’m currently pursuing a master’s in software engineering through the Extension School, and I’m incredibly grateful that Harvard makes classes so affordable.

Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about working at Harvard?
A: I would tell them to absolutely do it. Harvard’s reputation alone is undeniably attractive, but you’re really learning from the best minds – whether it’s faculty, staff, or even other students. It’s an amazing environment.