Denise Wallen

 Number of Years in Research Administration: 35

Institutions: University of New Mexico


Denise Wallen, Ph.D. has been involved in research administration for over 30 years, including leading efforts in restructuring programs, developing new programs and services, office reviews and assessments, and has taught national/global workshops in research administration. Her career at the University of New Mexico (UNM) included positions of Associate Director of Sponsored Projects, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research, Director of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives. During her tenure in the Vice President for Research office she was involved a range of research administration arenas in the pre-award environment including proposal and contract review, proposal development, proposal submission, developing and implementing training programs for PIs and research administrators, serving on numerous committees and interfacing with offices and schools across the campus, and the community at large. 


She served on numerous university/faculty committees and university-business-industry committees; created/implemented university-wide policies and procedures, and developed and implemented department-college-central research administrator networking groups; and developed and institutionalized PI training programs.   In 2010, she became the Research Officer to the College of Education (Dean’s Office) and liaison to the Center for Health Policy at UNM.  She is involved in research administration efforts including research development, faculty and staff training, proposal and budget development and review, developing strategies to incentivize efforts, strategic planning, and promoting research initiatives including the coordination of complex and large-scale proposals. Dr. Wallen has long-term experience working with senior management and leadership as well as faculty in science, engineering, humanities, social sciences, education and the professions. 


Denise has given numerous global, national, regional and local presentations and workshops. She has moderated NCURA broadcasts on “International Collaborations: Negotiation and Compliance” and “Guiding the PI through Proposal Development, Submission and Award Management”.  She has served on numerous national NCURA committees, including as a member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Professional Development Committee, Chair of the Nominating & Leadership Development Committee, Chair of the Global Collaborate, Chair of the International Fellowship Program, Chair of the NCURA Research Program, member of the Select Committee on Global Affairs; and currently serves as a Peer Reviewer and NCURA Workshop Faculty. She received NCURA’s National Award for Distinguished Service in Research Administration in 2008.  She is also a member of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).

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.