Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jun 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Vice Chancellor of Research  Requisition # 17000000U5 


This position will serve as the point person for all centralized undergraduate research and creative activities supported by the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research. This includes supporting and expanding the current undergraduate research program, designed to raise awareness about undergraduate research/scholarship across all disciplines, facilitate research and creative experiences for undergraduates and celebrate the achievements of both students and their mentors. Responsibilities include:

  • Inventorying and maintaining knowledge of initiatives, support mechanisms, and activities related to undergraduate research and creative endeavors on the UTC campus.
  • Initiating new or expanded opportunities for undergraduate research/creative activity program across colleges and disciplines.
  • Cultivating resources to support new or expanded opportunities for undergraduate student engagement through grant funding, development, or allocation of internal resources. 
  • Tracking and documenting all undergraduate research and creative activity happening on campus.
  • Representing undergraduate research and creative activity at all relevant recruitment and orientation events as well as on campus committees. 
  • Coordinating and facilitating the UTC Research Dialogues campus conference.
  • Participating and representing UTC on the Council on Undergraduate Research.
  • Creating and amplifying awareness of undergraduate research & creative endeavors on campus, in the community, and with the broader undergraduate research community to advance UTC’s visibility and stature as an institution that supports undergraduate research and scholarship across disciplines.
  • Coordinating and administering formal and informal processes to distribute and award funds that support undergraduate research and scholarship at UTC.
  • Coordinating and supporting the development of faculty-student research teams.
  • Soliciting potential student presenters for the annual NCUR conference and attending the conference along with a delegation of faculty and students.
  • Carrying out other duties associated with undergraduate research and scholarship as assigned. 



Master’s degree with research experience is required.  PhD preferred. Relevant teaching and research experience at a four-year university is required. Must have independent judgement, strong organization and communication skills, and superior customer service focus across broad and diverse subject areas as related to undergraduate research; ability to manage a significant volume of transactions and to juggle multiple tasks; strong planning, problem-solving, analytical, organizational, project management skills; ability to influence collaborate among a diverse workforce at all levels; ability to work under pressure and to meet external, hard deadlines; excellent demonstrable computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and database programs.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga 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.