The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville — Vice Provost for Research and Innovation

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost for Research and Innovation (VPRI) who will serve as the chief research officer on all matters related to the Institution’s research mission. The university seeks a dynamic and progressive leader who will provide leadership, give strategic vision and foster innovation and excellence to advance the research enterprise.

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is the flagship, land-grant, research institution of the U of A System, offering more than 200 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs. The university’s annual budget is approximately $850 million, its total research and sponsored program expenditures total more than $157 million, with 1,384 full-time faculty and more than 27,000 students who represent all 50 states and 120 countries. The university is the state’s foremost partner and resource for education and economic development. It serves as the major provider of graduate-level instruction in Arkansas and its public service activities reach every county in Arkansas, throughout the nation and around the world.

Fayetteville is routinely considered among the country’s finest college towns and best places to live along with the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region. Proximity and partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies based in the area including Walmart, JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. and Tyson Foods, provide opportunities for students as well as philanthropic support. A 36-mile Razorback Regional Greenway trail system connects the region. Farmers markets, fine dining, casual lifestyle, nature, abundant arts and theater, a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community with outstanding cultural amenities round out the quality life enjoyed by residents.

The Vice Provost for Research and Innovation Position 

Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation plays a leadership role in developing and implementing strategies to enhance the University of Arkansas’ research and discovery mission. The VPRI’s priority is to build the University’s research engine across the full range of disciplines through providing strategic leadership, developing and improving research infrastructure and research capacity, and energizing innovation across the campus. The VPRI will build and maintain relationships with faculty, deans, vice chancellors, and stakeholders in federal, industrial, and non-profit organizations, and will be the chief spokesperson promoting the visibility of the university’s research efforts. The VPRI will oversee research administration including pre-award, research development, and post-award management (jointly with the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration), research compliance, the planning and optimization of research space and shared instrumentation; interdisciplinary research centers including the High Performance Computing Center; undergraduate research; the University of Arkansas Press, and research communications. The VPRI will work collaboratively with the Vice Chancellor of Economic Development to oversee industry engagement, technology commercialization and the University of Arkansas Research and Technology Park; as well as work with the Vice Chancellor for Government Relations in setting and communicating research priorities.

The successful candidate will have a terminal degree from an accredited institution; a distinguished record of that would support the rank of tenured professor; experience in leading and/or administering externally funded research programs in higher education, government, or industry; and a background as a department chair, dean or associate dean for research, chief or associate chief research officer, or director of a research center or institute, or significant research leadership experience with a national laboratory, or other private/public sector organization. The successful candidate will be an effective leader both within the university and in external relationships focused on research.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc. is assisting the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in the search for the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation. Applications and nominations are being accepted. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening. The selection process will continue until the position is filled and applications are encouraged to be submitted by April 1, 2018.

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Pre-employment checks for this position include a criminal background, sex offender registry, and financial history check. It will also include drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. All information will be used in a confidential non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experience and skills match the position requirements, a résumé and contact information for at least five references. Individuals wishing to nominate a candidate should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. A letter addressing how the nominee’s experiences match the position requirements is recommended.

Consultants Jan Greenwood and Julie Holley may be reached by phone at 850-650-2277 or 850- 687-5104. Inquiries, nominations and applications should be directed to:

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher
Julie Holley
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272

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The University of Arkansas System is an Affirmative Action/EOE institution committed to achieving diversity in its faculty and staff. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to diversity of our campus community. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.