Associate Vice Chancellor for Research - Research Development

University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Tennessee

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted December 31, 2013
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Research - Research Development.  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the states flagship and land grant institution, is a Carnegie doctoral research university rated very high research activity.  Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement, this position will lead the campus efforts to develop and strengthen capacity and productivity in transdisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative activity across all disciplines in support of the Universitys efforts to become a Top 25 public research university.

The Associate VCR will have management authority and budget responsibilities for groups reporting directly to this position including the Research Development Team, Faculty Development Team, Research Communications, and Research Informatics.  The Associate VCR will lead the Organized Research Unit investment program that includes an annual budget hearing process to provide funding to grow the research enterprise.  An additional area of internal financial support includes management of the Scholarly and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF) investment program.  The Associate VCR will chair the Associate Deans for Research committee and also represent research administration on a variety of other committees including the Research Council of the Faculty Senate, the Graduate Council, and the rejuvenated Sigma Xi Chapter.  Internally, extensive interactions with faculty, college and department administrators are expected to promote transdisciplinary scholarship and engaged outreach around the research enterprise.  Externally, extensive interactions with federal funding agencies are also expected.

The individual assuming this position will play a critical leadership role both within the Office of Research & Engagement, within the university community, and nationally; particularly through partnering with other universities through organizations such as NORDP.  We are seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to promote the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.  There may be other duties assigned.

A split appointment with an academic department is an option if the candidate wishes to continue their research program.


Required Education and Experience

Ph.D. and appropriate years of experience post Ph.D.

Significant scholarly, professional, or creative personal achievement.

Knowledge and understanding for enabling extramural research and scholarly discovery across the broad spectrum of scholarship found at a large complex public research university.

Ability to gain an understanding of the current capabilities, policies and practices, administrative structure, and culture of the University of Tennessee.


Preferred Experience and Qualifications

Prior active extramural research and scholarship program that intersects.

Experience in external engagement, especially with federal agencies and in leading teaming opportunities around large federal funding opportunities.

Success in facilitating transdisciplinary research (e.g., of a large research group), developing partnerships, and addressing the administrative support needs of the research community.

Experience supporting faculty annual awards, faculty recognition, and faculty achievement.

Administrative and program managerial experience equivalent to that of a department head, center director, or institute director, especially in areas around faculty professional development.

Experience in managing investment programs supporting the research enterprise.

Ability to lead and collaborate with faculty, graduate students and administrators to advance the culture of research.

Verbal and written communication skills at a high degree of proficiency.

Additional Information

Applications will be reviewed beginning January 20, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.  The anticipated start date will be on or before July 1, 2014.

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Please attach the following electronic documents to the application: Cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses (postal and electronic), and telephone numbers of at least five references

Contact and Search Committee Chair: Dr. Victoria Niederhauser, Dean, College of Nursing, (865) 974-7583,



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The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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