Carol Zuiches


Number of Years in Research Administration: 30+

Institutions: State University of New York – Binghamton, Washington State University, University of Washington, University of Chicago, University of Vermont

Carol Zuiches has been a research administration professional at four Universities.  She began her research administration career at SUNY- Binghamton, a small State University with a distinguished undergraduate program and a small but growing research enterprise. There she assisted faculty develop proposal budgets, submit proposals and seek funding sources.


In 1986 she moved to Washington State University, a medium size public land grant university with a comprehensive research program including a College of Veterinary Medicine. Over 14 years there, she held positions of increasing responsibility within the Office of Research and Grant Development, initially as proposal reviewer and later as Director of the preaward office with responsibility for the staffing and coordination of proposal submittal and award negotiation and acceptance, Human Subjects and Conflict of Interest compliance and assisted the Vice Provost for Research in the development and implementation of university research policy. 


From 2000 to 2008 she served as Director of Office of Sponsored Programs and the Authorized University Official at the University of Washington, a large public research intensive University with a Medical School and allied health colleges. UW Sponsored program funding totaled over a $1 Billion in 2007. Her responsibilities included staffing (33 full time staff and approximately 10 part time) and oversight of all preaward operations. She was a key member of the team to build an enterprise wide electronic research administration system.  


In 2008 she was appointed Associate Vice President for Research Administration at the University of Chicago, a large private research institution with a Medical School and a distinguished research history.  Responsibilities included that of Authorized University Official, Institutional Official (IO) for the University’s Human Subject Research Protections program, Research Integrity Officer (RIO) and   oversight of the Conflict of Interest (COI) program, and the IACUC and IBC Committee staff. She was responsible for the development and implementation of research administration policies and for the proposal and implementation of an enterprise wide electronic research administration system. The implementation of effective communication and training programs and continuous improvement initiatives facilitated the excellent working relationship with faculty and staff required for successful research administration.  She retired from the University of Chicago in 2014.


Carol has served as the Interim Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Vermont since November 2016. She will complete this assignment July 15, 2017.  The University of Vermont is the State land grant institution and has a large College of Medicine and allied health science programs.  She oversees the University’s combined pre and post award sponsored project office  and the Research Protections Office which includes the IRB, the IACUC and the IBC.  Oversight of the financial Conflict of Interest program is also part of her responsibilities.

She has served as a regional NCURA Chair, member of the NCURA Board of Directors and on numerous NCURA committees and programs.  She has conducted NCURA regional and national workshops on critical research administration issues.  At the University of Washington, she also has served as Treasurer of the Astrophysical Research Consortium, a consortium of member Universities conducting the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.  Other activities include member of COGR Research and Compliance Administration Committee and member of the workgroup which authored Access to, Sharing and Retention of Research data; Rights and Responsibilities. Carol was the U. of Chicago representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership and served as Committee Chair and task force member.  Currently she serves as a member of the NCURA Peer Review group.



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