Florida State University — Vice President for Research

Florida State University (FSU) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Vice President for Research (VPR). The University seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader and scholar who will partner with Dr. Richard McCullough, FSU’s newly appointed President, in developing a bold, new vision for the University’s research enterprise.

Florida State University
As one of the nation’s elite research universities, and one of the largest and oldest of the 12 institutions of higher learning in the State University System of Florida, FSU offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage. With nearly 44,000 students, approximately 6,600 employees and an operating budget of $1.62 billion, FSU provides a welcoming campus environment on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida with a prime location in the heart of the state capital. Combining traditional strengths in the arts and humanities with internationally recognized leadership in the sciences, FSU provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery, and community interaction. FSU’s 18 colleges and its Graduate School offer more than 276 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional, and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law. 

Throughout its history, FSU has grown its academic organization and expanded from the original few acres and buildings to 384 buildings on 1,632 acres, including the downtown Tallahassee main campus of 485 acres, the Seminole Reservation—a recreational facility, the Coastal and Marine Laboratory on the Gulf Coast, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering facility, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Division of Research at Innovation Park, and the campus in Panama City, Florida. FSU campuses host international programs in Florence, London, Valencia, and Panama. Additional information about FSU, its history and programs can be found at http://www.fsu.edu.

Research at FSU
FSU has received the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation (Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity) and consistently ranks in the top 10 universities nationally in physical sciences grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. In addition, many of the University’s research programs are among the best in their respective disciplines including programs in physics, chemistry, statistics, ecology, evolutionary biology, meteorology, political science, psychology, sociology, criminology, and information studies. FSU also produces exceptional scholarship from highly ranked programs in the humanities and performing and fine/visual arts and each year attracts world-class exhibitions and performers to Tallahassee. In 2020, Florida State University had $350 million in research expenditures. In addition, the University experienced a corresponding increase in commercialization of intellectual property to include a growth in invention disclosures, patent applications and awards, and licenses executed.

Position Summary
Reporting to the President and working closely with the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs in aligning research with FSU’s overall academic mission, the VPR is responsible for developing institutional research policies and procedure, coordinating and providing oversight of research, scholarship, and creative activity at FSU, and serving in a crucial leadership role in defining and meeting the emerging research opportunities of the future. 

The VPR will lead the University in achieving the goals of its research and economic development agenda including: promoting interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research; integrating research and 

education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; ensuring the integrity of research processes and policies; stewarding the special physical and computational infrastructure necessary for research leadership; establishing collaborative research partnerships between the University and key stakeholders at the local, regional, national, and international levels; participating in federal and state policymaking regarding research and economic development; and engaging a broad range of individuals in research, scholarly, or creative activity that strengthen the University’s research enterprise.

The VPR will also promote and facilitate intellectual property development and commercialization by supporting translational research to help move discoveries from the conceptual stage through the start-up phase. In addition, the VPR will play a critical role in fostering increased business engagement, entrepreneurship, and economic development opportunities by leveraging business development and technology transfer.

The successful candidate is envisioned to possess national distinction as a scholar, researcher/practitioner, and educator with the accomplishments expected for appointment as a tenured full professor. While academic experience (professional and administrative) is strongly desired, exceptional candidates who have demonstrated a high degree of national or international scholarly and administrative success outside of academia will be considered. The VPR must also exhibit substantial administrative leadership experience at a research university or comparable setting. 

To view the Position Profile and a full list of qualifications, please visit https://www.spaexec.com/pd/FSUVPR.pdf

Application and Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applications should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via email is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name and contact information of the nominee. 

In accordance with the State of Florida’s open records laws, all nominations, applications, and letters of interest will be made public. Application materials should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Sal Venegas Jr., Principal

SP&A Executive Search
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

Email: apsearch@spaexec.com
Refer to code “FSU-VPR” in subject line

FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf