Marianne Woods


Number of Years in Research Administration: 36

Institutions: Johns Hopkins University, University of Texas at San Antonio (Emeritus), University of Alabama, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas, California State University, Long Beach, California State University, Fullerton


Marianne Rinaldo Woods, Ph.D., J.D., is the Academic Program Director for the Master of Science Degree in Research Administration and a faculty member in the Department of Government at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Advanced Academic Programs at Johns Hopkins University.


Formerly, Dr. Woods was the Senior Associate Vice President for Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio (emeritus) and taught in the College of Public Policy.  As the Senior Associate Vice President for Research Dr. Woods woked as the Chief Officer for the Division of Research reporting to the Provost and was responsible for oversight of all aspects of research including Sponsored Programs (pre and post award); Research Integrity; Research Compliance; Research Support; Data Management; Classified Research; Export Controls; Contract and Industrial Agreements; and Commercialization, Technology Transfer and Innovation. She was also responsible for the development and implementation of university-wide policies and procedures ranging from conflict of interest to intellectual property. She worked extensively, ranging from policy to SOPs in building a top animal facility and receiving AALAC accreditation. Dr. Woods also served as the Research Integrity Officer for the University and was the Institutional Official with oversight of the IACUC, IRB, Conflict of Interest in Research,  Intellectual Property, and the Institutional Biosafety Committees. Prior to UTSA Dr. Woods was Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Alabama.  


Nationally Dr. Woods is currently on the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) National Select Committee on Global Affairs and the NCURA National Committee on Professional Development. Formerly, Dr. Woods served on the Board of Directors of NCURA, the Board of Directors of the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) for two terms. She also served on the COGR Contracts and Intellectual Property Committee. Dr. Woods also served two terms on the Board of Directors the University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization created out of the National Academy of Science (NAS) and was a member of the NAS University Industry Research Roundtable. She has served as the University Administrative Representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership and was Chair of the Export Controls Working Group. In addition, she is a former Chair and Chair Elect of NCURA Region V.


Dr. Woods has also served as the Chair of the IRB, Chair of the IACUC, Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee and Chair of the Biosafety Committee. She has also been chair of the F&A faculty and center director committees. 


Dr. Woods is the 2016 recipient of the ARMS/NCURA Fellowship and travelled to the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, AU. In 2015 she received the Johns Hopkins University Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. She is also the 2009 recipient of NCURA’s highest honor, the Achievement in Research Administration Award and the recipient of NCURA’s National Distinguished Service Award and NCURA’s Region V Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Woods was one of the recipients of the 2006 Licensing Executive Society’s National Deal of Distinction Award. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Society for Biomedical Research and Past President of the Texas Technology Transfer Association (T3A). Dr. Woods also served as the President of Society of Research Administrators Texas Chapter. 


Dr. Woods is an NCURA faculty member in SPA II, a member of NCURA’s Peer Review Program and a founding committee member that worked on the formation of the general peer review standards, the clinical research and clinical trials standards, and the research compliance standards. Dr. Woods currently also serves NCURA as the Co-editor of the Research Management Journal. She is a former lead faculty on NCURA’s Departmental Research Administration Workshop, Research Fundamentals, and Export Control & Embargo Workshop and Webinars.  Dr. Woods was lead and appeared several times on NCURA TV. She is also the former co-editor of the NCURA Newsletter, former member of NCURA’s Professional Development Committee, its Membership Committee, and a former member, both elected and Presidential appointee, of NCURA’s Board of Directors. She is a founding member of the Peer Review Standards for Academic Institutions and Medical Institutions. 


Dr. Woods has also worked with the FBI, most recently as a member of the FBI Citizens Board of Directors. She has classified clearance and is a member of InfraGuard. She has also served on the Steering Committee for EPSCoR Alabama. 


A renowned international and national speaker, Dr. Woods has presented in many venues and on all apects of research administration. She has conducted many workshops, concurrent sessions, and discussion groups for NCURA and other professional associations.  She has published recently in the Society of Research Administrator journal and the NCURA Magazine. 

NCURA Peer Program engagements are priced as a flat fee, scaled to the sponsored programs total active award dollars in the last fiscal year, regardless of type of Peer Program engagement.