Dr. Alicia Knoedler, Vice Chair
Vice President for Research and Innovation
102 Roudebush Hall
501 E. High St.
Oxford, OH 45056
Term: 02/01/2014 - 01/31/2020
Dr. Alicia J. Knoedler is the newly appointed Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI) at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As the VPRI, Dr. Knoedler leads strategic growth of research activities at Miami University and oversees the management of its research operations. She also works to expand the culture of research and innovation through an emphasis on high-impact, interdisciplinary work and the development and cultivation of strong and diverse research infrastructure and competitive capacity.
Dr. Knoedler received her B.A. in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University. Her research expertise has focused on memory processes across the lifespan, the influence of contextual cues and information on memory and awareness, and interdisciplinary team development and collaborative decision-making. Dr. Knoedler has taught quantitative research methodology, statistics, and grant writing for many years at Purdue University, San Jose State University, University of California Santa Cruz, Indiana University, University of Notre Dame, and Penn State University.
Prior to joining Miami University in 2020, Dr. Knoedler was the Director of Team Innovation at Exaptive, Inc. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. From 2010-2018, she was Executive Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director of the Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment (CRPDE) at the University of Oklahoma. In these roles, she specialized in working with others across the University on projects and initiatives of significant importance to OU, such as broadening participation of underrepresented groups, faculty recruitment, mentoring, and retention, and resource gap analyses related to research. Within CRPDE, she worked with faculty, students, and other investigators to significantly enhance the research enterprise, focusing on changing the research culture as well as assisting investigators in their efforts to develop more competitive research programs and proposals for external funding. Dr. Knoedler has over 20 years of experience in developing grant proposals for a variety of funding sources, including federal sources, private foundations, and corporations and is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA).
In service and leadership to research development and the national research enterprise, Dr. Knoedler is a founding member, member of the Board of Directors, and was president (2013-2014) of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). She is a member and Vice-Chair of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) and is a member of NSF's Business and Operations Advisory Committee. She is the former Co-PI of Oklahoma's EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 1 award from NSF, and is a member of APLU's Council on Research, through which she is involved in developing and offering training and professional development opportunities for senior research leaders across the Nation to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness.