Kennesaw State University named Dr. Karin Scarpinato as vice president for research
effective July 1.
As vice president for research at Kennesaw State, Dr. Scarpinato serves as the chief
research administrator responsible for the direction of all operations of the University’s
Office of Research. She leads all research endeavors within the University and serves
as the chief operating officer of the Kennesaw State University Research and Service
Additionally, Dr. Scarpinato provides executive oversight and strategic vision for
research, service, and creative activities of the University's faculty, staff, and
other research investigators.
Dr. Scarpinato previously served as senior associate vice president for research at
Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Prior to joining FAU, Scarpinato held positions
with several universities, including assistant provost for research at the University
of Miami; associate dean for faculty and research in the College of Science and Mathematics,
associate dean for research and associate professor in the Department of Biology at
Georgia Southern University; and associate professor in the Department of Cancer Biology
at Wake Forest University.
In addition to her academic roles, she is the co-founder of Research Ingenuity, a
start-up company focused on providing hands-on strategies for administrative offices
to improve teamwork, collaboration and communication.
Scarpinato is a national Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities Council on
Research Leadership Fellow, appointed in their 2018-2020 cohort. She is Lean Six Sigma
Green Belt certified and working toward a Black Belt. She is the founder of a Women
in Research networking group of nationwide women associate and vice presidents for
research that discusses best practices in their fields.
She earned a Ph.D. in Biology and Molecular Genetics, a Master of Science in Biology
and Genetics, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Botany and Zoology from Georg-August
University in Goettingen, Germany.