Elizabeth Demski

 Number of Years in Research Administration: 23

Institutions: University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Saint Anselm College, Emerson College, Wellesley College


Liz Demski currently serves as the Assistant Provost and Director of Sponsored Research at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Liz has the unique experience of having worked for 15 years in large, research-intensive state universities and then spending the last several years starting up sponsored research offices in three very different small, private liberal arts colleges.


Liz began her career in research administration as the co-founder of the Transportation Research Center in the College of Engineering at UMass Amherst in 1993. In 1997 she moved to the central administration to become the Director of Academic Outreach for the UMass campus. Liz relocated to take the position of Director of Research Development at UNCW from 2004-2009.


In 2009 Liz returned to New England to start the Office of Sponsored Research at Saint Anselm College (2009-2011), then start the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship at Emerson College (2011-2014) and, most recently she was recruited to revamp the Office of Sponsored Research at Wellesley College (2014-present).  Liz has developed, implemented and managed cradle to grave operations in these colleges, including oversight of both pre and post award, compliance and policy development, IRB and IACUC, internal award programs and faculty and student fellowships. Liz has used a variety of forms and technologies to improve infrastructure efficiency. She promotes a strong ethos of customer-service


Liz has given numerous national, regional and local presentations and workshops for NCURA and SRA. She has served on numerous region 1 NCURA committees, including Chair of the Professional Development Committee. Liz was awarded the “Leader of the Year” award in 2010 by the city of Wilmington, NC for her collaborative work with the community. She was the recipient of NCURA’s 2015 Global Fellowship which enabled her to consult at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Capetown, South Africa.

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