Pamela Napier


Number of Years in Research Administration: 20

Institutions: Western Kentucky University, Agnes Scott College


Pamela Napier is the Director of Sponsored Programs at Agnes Scott College (ASC), a private, undergraduate, liberal arts college for women located in Decatur, Georgia.  She is part of a cross-trained, one-and-a-half-position office at ASC where her responsibilities range from pre-award funding searches, budget development, and proposal review and submission to post-award financial management and research compliance.  She also computes and negotiates the facilities and administrative rate for Agnes Scott College, and manages the internal grants program. Research policy development, review, and implementation are also part of her responsibilities.  Research incentive policies she has developed at ASC include sharing with faculty the salary savings from externally funded faculty research effort, and distributing to faculty part of the collected facilities and administration (indirect) funds.  She serves on the ASC Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and is also on the Administrative Units Assessment Committee and the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee as part of ASC’s review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation process. 


Before moving to Georgia, Pamela spent fifteen years in the Office of Sponsored Programs at a state-assisted, predominantly undergraduate institution (PUI), Western Kentucky University (WKU).  At WKU, she began her career as an Information Coordinator, responsible for funding searches, the office website, and a monthly newsletter.  She advanced to Assistant Director and then to Associate Director, picking up additional duties including proposal development and submission, subaward preparation and oversight, contract negotiation, personnel management, training, and editing WKU’s research magazine.  


Currently serving as a member of NCURA’s Traveling Workshops faculty, Pamela has previously served as the chair of the NCURA PUI Neighborhood Committee and as a mentor in the PUI mentoring program.  She has been involved in NCURA activities since entering the research administration field in 1996, having served on numerous committees, including the NCURA Nominating and Leadership Development Committee.  She regularly leads discussion groups and presents sessions and workshops at regional and national meetings.  Some of her most popular workshop topics have been, “Small is Beautiful: Doing It All at a PUI with Few Staff Members,” “Challenges Related to Growth at PUIs,” and “Effective Faculty Development at PUIs.” She is one of the co-editors of the micrograph, Establishing and Managing an Office of Sponsored Programs at Non-Research Intensive Colleges and Universities,


Pamela holds a BA in English and an MA in organizational communication. She completed the NCURA Executive Leadership Program in 2015. 

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