Certificate Program Profile Series: Dr. Sarah Archibald
Sarah N. Archibald, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., C.C.E.P.
Program Director, Research Administration Certificate Program
B.S. in Sociology, SUNY College at Buffalo
M.A. in Sociology, George Mason University
Ph.D. in Public Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Graduate Certificate in Research Ethics, UMB
M.S. in Regulatory Science, UMB
Sarah Archibald hails from Washington State, but claims Rochester, NY as her hometown. It was in Rochester that she got her first job, selling and making minor repairs to watches. Her professional career began in earnest when she discovered her love for the field of research; she began her work in research administration 16 years ago, and has since shifted her focus to research compliance. Her research interests include research ethics, research compliance, criminology, and the death penalty. She is passionate in her belief that research offers us a means to tackle some of the most challenging issues of our time, both in the biomedical and social/behavioral fields.
It was while pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Policy that Sarah first considered becoming an educator. At that point she was working full time in research compliance, but felt called to share her knowledge and ensure that she was staying current in her field. After she graduated, she accepted an opportunity to become an adjunct professor at UMBC, and she’s been hooked on teaching ever since.
Sarah has been with the University of Maryland Baltimore since 2011. She currently works as a Research Integrity officer, and also serves as the program director for both the University’s Research Integrity Office and the Graduate School’s Research Administration certificate program. She believes that researchers need the support and expertise of those in research administration and compliance to be able to engage in potentially ground-breaking studies while conforming to federal regulations, state requirements, and industry policies and procedures.
Sarah has been married for 18 years, and has a 12-year-old son. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and traveling. If you’re looking for a good read, she recommends The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard. She has visited most of the states in the union, and has also traveled extensively in Morocco, where her husband is from. Her personal motto is, “If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough.”
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