PEERD Experts

Alicia Knoedler

Alicia Knoedler

Across a 20-year career in research leadership and research development, Dr. Alicia J. Knoedlersupports and encourages researchers to lead paths of growth and expansion of their researchprograms, diversify research perspectives, and seek new research directions and partnerships. Dr.Knoedler specializes in crafting, leading and implementing initiatives of strategic value to research across all disciplines and a diverse range of research organizations. She currently serves as the Vice President for Research and Innovation at Miami University. Her past research development positions include Director of Team Innovation at Exaptive, Inc., Executive Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director of the Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment (CRPDE) at the University of Oklahoma, and several research development roles at Penn State University and the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Knoedler is a member and Vice-Chair of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), is a member of NSF’s Business and Operations Advisory Board, and from 2014-2018, was Co-PI of Oklahoma’s EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 1 award from NSF, which focused on the socioecological approaches to studying climate variability in Oklahoma.

Past Experience

Dr. Knoedler is a national leader in developing university-based research enterprises and talent. She has had substantial success in helping individuals craft career-long scholarship trajectories, has a strong record of supporting underserved disciplines like the arts and humanities, and has led efforts to diversify research leadership nationally. Dr. Knoedler has worked with institutions to identify research areas as strategic priorities, design measures and metrics aligned with research performance and growth, and understand capacity and competitiveness for expanding and diversifying research and support for the research enterprise. She is a cognitive psychologist by training and has methodological and human subjects’ expertise relevant to conducting experiments, designing and implementing program evaluations, performing data analyses, defining and advising on the use of research performance measures and metrics, and evaluation of academic strategic plans with an emphasis on research strategic planning. She has presented regularly on research development topics, within NORDP conferences, via webinars, training offered through APLU Council on Research, to the National Science Board, and workshop and seminars provided at universities.

NORDP Involvement

In service and leadership to research development and the national research enterprise, Dr. Knoedler is a founding member, former member of the Board of Directors, member of various committees, and was president (2013-2014) of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). She is a NORDP liaison to 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. She is also working with other NORDP members to launch a new program to bring research development to more of the Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


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 training focused on memory processes across the lifespan, and the influence of contextual cues and information on memory and awareness. 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.