Vice President for Research, Howard University

Howard University
Washington D.C.
Aug 07, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
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Four-Year Institution

Howard University

Vice President for Research

Howard University invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Research (VPR). 

Reporting to the Provost, the VPR serves as the chief research officer and is responsible for developing and implementing the vision, plan and policies to guide the University's research portfolio, and for leading all aspects of the University's research infrastructure and operations.

The VPR encourages and supports investigators, facilitates multidisciplinary projects, seeks out new sources of funding, strives to connect campus units in new ways in order to train the best students and retain top faculty, guarantees the ethical, informed and safe conduct of research, and fosters industry collaboration and technology commercialization.

The VPR will have academic and scientific experience in conducting and managing a research program, securing external funding, and possess the leadership qualities and abilities to help Howard University continue its reputation as a major national research university with a commitment to excellence across all of its programs in keeping with the University motto, Truth and Service.

The preferred candidate will have an earned doctorate from a research university, broad experience with externally funded research, and administrative leadership experience in a relevant research environment.  In addition, the candidate should have demonstrated success as an administrator and fiscal manager, a record of success in procuring and managing sponsored research programs, and experience in research policy formation, compliance, and operational excellence. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with various internal and external constituencies, promote interdisciplinary research and work with a culturally diverse population.

Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral/research extensive university located in Washington, D.C., and is widely recognized as one of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. This renowned urban research university offers a world-class curriculum that includes undergraduate degrees in 80 subject areas, master's degrees in 75 majors, doctoral degrees in 31 disciplines and professional certification in 5 fields. The only comprehensive American university with a predominantly African- American constituency, Howard University is committed to preparing its students to not only be respected leaders in the national and global communities, but to also promote social justice and democracy the world over.  Howard has historically educated more African-American PhD’s than any other university.  It has a track record, for more than a century as the home to the single, largest concentration of Black scholars in the world.

Procedure for Candidacy

Applications should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae.  Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin September 1, 2017.

Howard University is being assisted by Harris Search Associates for this search. Please send application to address below or contact Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner, for further details.

Contact Information:

Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner, Harris Search Associates                                   

Tel: 614-798-8500 ext. 125     Cell: 614-354-2100

4236 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH 43017


The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.  Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources at (202)238-5960.

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