Vice Dean of Research

Feng Sheng Hu, the Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor and Dean of Arts & Sciences, is pleased to announce the search for the Vice Dean of Research in Arts & Sciences. The Vice Dean of Research holds a pivotal role in the Dean’s leadership team and is a key partner in executing the school’s vision to achieve academic distinction. The Vice Dean is responsible for managing a variety of matters related to the research enterprise. This critical role supports initiatives related to research policies and support infrastructure, and also brings a new focus to fostering innovative collaborations and research partnerships. The Vice Dean will pursue a variety of efforts to elevate the research enterprise of Arts & Sciences, including enhancing resources to help faculty identify funding opportunities, develop competitive grant proposals, and advance their scholarship. 

Essential Functions:

  • Identify and develop policies, practices, support structures and incentives to help faculty build strong research programs and increase external research funding
  • Encourage and strengthen multidisciplinary research
  • Provide strategic partnership to leadership, faculty and staff in matters relating to research, scholarship, and grant-seeking
  • Build programs to support enhanced innovation and collaboration
  • Advise on strategic direction of the research enterprise and support infrastructure

Key characteristics and qualifications of the ideal candidate include:

  • A significant record of success in research, scholarship or creative endeavor in an Arts & Sciences discipline
  • Experience serving in leadership roles and working in interdisciplinary settings
  • Comfortable building and leading interdisciplinary teams and ability to think strategically
  • The ability to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders, inspire and motivate others, successfully lead others through change, and act as a consensus builder
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Experience in working with federal and state level funding agencies
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

The position is a 25-50% appointment, with a corresponding release from departmental obligations for the duration of the assignment. It is open to all tenured, full professors in Arts & Sciences. Nominations may be sent to any member of the Dean’s Office. Interested candidates should send a CV and letter of interest to Sarah Lu England by May 20, 2022.