David K. Hawkins, MBA
Associate Director of Contract Negotiation, Office of Research
David Hawkins is the associate director of contract negotiation within sponsored projects administration at Dell Medical School, where he is charged with the management and negotiation of all research-related agreements along with any service contracts ancillary to those research endeavors — including clinical trial agreements, material transfer, data use and nondisclosure agreements along with other collaborative contracts. Hawkins’ goal is to seek creative solutions to contracting while assuring legal compliance and alignment with University of Texas System guidelines. Part of Dell Med since January 2018, Hawkins also serves on Dell Med’s Data Core Advisory Board.
Hawkins has over 18 years of experience in medical school and higher education research agreements. As manager of sponsored agreements at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Hawkins spent 10 years overseeing the negotiation of pharmaceutical sponsored agreements from laboratory and preclinical studies to advanced-phase clinical trials. Hawkins also worked on large consortium projects such as National Institutes of Health’s Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative. In 2011, Hawkins became the associate director of sponsored projects for UT Austin’s main campus, where he managed federal, state and foundation research awards and sub-awards.
Hawkins holds a bachelor’s in education from Stephen F. Austin State in Nacogdoches and a Master of Business Administration from Sam Houston State in Huntsville. He has held his certified research administrator designation since 2013.