Associate Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research

Houston, Texas
Feb 20, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Associate Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of all aspects of research administration, technology transfer and innovation at the University of Houston System and the University of Houston flagship campus, and reports directly to the Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer. The incumbent will closely work with division directors including pre-award, post-award, compliance, research data and assessment, information technology, financial services, core facilities, animal care, technology transfer, and innovation, to manage, improve, and implement sound business practices for the Division of Research. The AVC/AVP will participate in strategy development and will lead the strategy implementation effort towards metric-based excellence in all aspects of research and innovation service and leadership.

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One research university and is designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. With more than $170 million in annual research expenditures and located at the center of major research activity across energy, health, aerospace and materials industries, UH is uniquely positioned to be a research hub for industries around the globe. With strengths in advanced materials, energy, biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, sustainability and data science, UH is becoming highly competitive in technology commercialization due to the institution’s rapidly-growing innovation ecosystem. The institution has fostered a strong entrepreneurial environment that supports new innovation and startup ventures through incubator and accelerator programs and resources.

UH is the top-ranked institution in the nation for licensing revenue among public universities without a medical school, exceeding $37 million in fiscal year 2017.  At UH, there are 19 fellows of the National Academies on the UH faculty, which comprises over 2,600 faculty, serving over 45,000 students. Academic units comprise 15 colleges that include the colleges of Architecture, Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Honors, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Law, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Technology. In addition, many research projects are conducted through centers and institutes, among which five multidisciplinary centers and institutes directly report to the Division of Research. The university is currently making significant investments in research and infrastructure, including new research buildings, core facilities, and a research/innovation park. Further information about the Division of Research can be found at

Candidates for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research and technology Transfer must have a minimum of a PhD or equivalent in a discipline that entails extensive familiarity and engagement with externally funded research grants and contracts activity; seven years of  advanced experience in  federally-sponsored research programs, preferably in a highly competitive academic setting; demonstrated knowledge of principles of strategic planning and implementation, financial, budget, and business operations planning and control; excellent, demonstrated leadership skills or potential, negotiation skills and team-building traits; capacity for simultaneously working with a wide range of opportunities and challenges inherent in leading sponsored research activities; demonstrated ability in communicating effectively with academic faculty, committees, government, corporations, and members of the research community at large; demonstrated experience and commitment to diversity; and a proven record of building positive professional relationships and accomplishing defined goals. There are full opportunities of academic tenure in a relevant college for suitably qualified candidates for this position.

The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of how federal, state and corporate funding sources operate, and experience in a leadership role at an academic, or research industrial enterprise, or a federal agency. A history of research funding as a principal investigator is highly desirable.

Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided no later than March 16, 2018. A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position, current curriculum vitae, and the names of five references with titles, mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers, and email addresses. All documents should be submitted in pdf format. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates (GAA), an executive search firm, is assisting the University of Houston in the search.

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Jan Greenwood, Betty Turner Asher, Partners

Crystal Cheatham, Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272





The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



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