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At Johns Hopkins, Marianne Rinaldo Woods is the Program Director and a senior lecturer for the MS in Research Administration program. She is an international specialist on all issues pertaining to research administration and has consulted and lectured on research administration issues throughout the world.

Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins University to launch the MS in Research Administration program, Woods was senior associate vice president for research at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she was responsible for oversight of all aspects of research administration and for the development and implementation of university-wide policies and procedures. She also was a member of the FBI Citizens Board of Directors and of InfraGard.

Prior to UTSA, Woods was associate vice president for research at the University of Alabama, where she started their Center for Innovation, Technology Transfer Office and Research Compliance Office and created a comprehensive Office of Research Administration, which merged pre-award, post-award, and research accounting. During her tenure at UA, Woods was a member of the EPSCoR State-wide Steering Committee, the Alabama Biotechnology Association, the Central Analytical Facility, and was chair of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Intellectual Property Committee, the Associate Deans for Research Group, and the Institutional Banner Reporting Steering Committee. She also served as the responsible university official and the security clearance officer for the university.

Woods has served several times on the Board of Directors of the National Council of University Research Administrators and also served for six years on the Council on Governmental Relations Board of Directors and on the Contracts and Intellectual Property Committee. She is a former chair and chair-elect of NCURA Region V, served two terms on the board of directors for the University Industry Demonstration Partnership out of the National Academy of Science, and was a member of the 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. Woods currently serves as the co-editor of the NCURA Research Management Review Journal.

She is a past board member of the Texas Society for Biomedical Research, past president of the Texas Technology Transfer Association, and a 2018 founding member of the Society of Research Administrators International, Texas Chapter. She currently serves as the SRAI Texas Chapter Treasurer. In 1991, Woods co-founded the Texas Chapter of SRAI and served as president in 1994 and president-elect in 1993. Woods frequently conducts workshops, concurrent sessions, and live webinars for SRAI.

Woods received a JD from Concord University School of Law and a PhD from Claremont Graduate University.


  • National Council of University Research Administrators Distinguished Educator Award, 2019

  • Recipient of an ARMS/NCURA Global Fellowship, 2016

  • Johns Hopkins Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Program Growth, 2015

  • Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration Award, NCURA, 2009

  • National Distinguished Service Award, NCURA

  • Region V Distinguished Service Award, NCURA

  • Licensing Executive Society’s National Deal of Distinction Award, 2006

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