The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates in its search for its Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI). Located on a 420-acre campus in the heart of the thriving Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, UTA is a comprehensive Carnegie Very High Research (R1) University dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. As one of the most diverse research universities in the country, UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. With an enrollment of approximately 48,000 students on campus and online the University has the third most ethnically diverse undergraduate population in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2022) and graduates more African American students at the undergraduate and master's degree levels than any other Texas university (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2021).
UTA is focused on making an impact through innovative research. The University reached Texas Tier One status in 2021, resulting in additional investment from the state to expand research enhancing activities. Anchored by its five strategic pillars—health and the human condition, sustainable communities, global environmental impact, data-driven discovery, and culture and societal transformations—the University’s research portfolio has seen significant growth over the past decade, with expenditures reaching $125 million in 2021. Faculty work in state-of-the-art facilities to make important breakthroughs in areas such as sustainable infrastructure, healthy aging, high-energy physics, cardiovascular disease, machine-learning systems, and more.
The VPRI is responsible for promoting partnerships and collaborations that support the research goals of the University while promoting University programs to potential partners, community and business leaders, government officials and federal agencies, donors, and other key stakeholders in University programs. The VPRI is expected to support the University’s core mission, strategic goals, and values and to promote and sustain a highly effective work environment and a culture of inclusion and collaboration. The VPRI is responsible for grant and contract administration, innovation and commercialization, core research facilities, research development, research compliance and integrity, undergraduate research, research centers, research affairs and collaborating to advance economic development.
The next VPRI will have considerable experience in a highly complex research enterprise, a collaborative leadership style, the highest standards of personal ethics and integrity, and an understanding of a variety of research initiatives and creative endeavors that span academic disciplines in a comprehensive public research university. Candidates should possess a strong working knowledge of the academic enterprise within a higher education setting, with a deep appreciation for how research intersects with the educational mission of a university that serves a diverse population. The successful candidate will be a relationship-builder who can promote interdisciplinary research and understand UTA’s commitment to shared governance.
In addition to a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion, the next VPRI will need to have a strong reputation as a scholar/teacher, a terminal degree, and credentials appropriate for appointment as a tenured faculty member at the rank of Professor at UTA.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Please send all nominations and applications to UTAVPResearch@StorbeckSearch.com. Application materials will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references. The full position profile can be found at www.storbecksearch.com/active-searches.
Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Amanda Bennett, Director of Research and Senior Associate
For more information on UTA, please visit: www.uta.edu
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Vice President for Research and Innovation
University of Texas at Arlington
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Candidates should possess a strong working knowledge of the academic enterprise within a higher education setting, with a deep appreciation for how research intersects with the educational mission of a university that serves a diverse population. The successful candidate will be a relationship-builder who can promote interdisciplinary research and understand UTA’s commitment to shared governance.