Vice Chancellor for Research

Kansas City, MO
Feb 12, 2019
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Vice Chancellor for Research
The University of Missouri - Kansas City


The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), a public urban research and largest comprehensive university in the Kansas City metropolitan area, seeks a Vice Chancellor for Research to lead the strategy and execution of ambitious research growth and enhanced economic development.

Home to 11 colleges and schools offering more than 120 academic programs, UMKC offers a comprehensive portfolio. From STEM programs to the humanities, from health professions to law, UMKC possesses great opportunities for students, scholars, and industry partnership. It is the only public university in Missouri with Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Studies and a Conservatory of Music and Dance. UMKC also maintains undergraduate- and graduate-level programs with comprehensive curricula and research in all traditional and terminal degree academic disciplines — including Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine and Nursing.

As the only public research university in Greater Kansas City, UMKC looks to broaden its impact, deepen the knowledge needed for the future, and apply that knowledge through innovation, entrepreneurialism and engagement. Located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, UMKC boasts an alumni/ae network of over 122,000 and partners with over 3,000 local businesses.  Collaborations within and beyond the university are rich and plentiful.  As "Kansas City's University", the opportunity to affect the region and its people is large.  UMKC needs a visionary and pragmatic scholar to galvanize existing and potential efforts and execute a strategic vision to take the university (and society) to new heights. 

Poised to build off momentum and a 5-year high in sponsored research activity, UMKC looks to usher in a new era of research growth, enhanced scholarship, and a broader climate of entrepreneurialism.  UMKC has the foundational pieces needed to push for real progress in the impacts interdisciplinary scholarship and creative works. With comprehensive programs and funding opportunities found immediately within the greater Kansas City region, UMKC is committed to becoming nationally recognized for its research, and seeks a chief research officer to build the successful structures to reach new heights. 

The Vice Chancellor for Research will cultivate an elevated level of research and scholarship for the University.  Reporting to the Chancellor, and partnering with the Provost, Deans, Center/Institute Directors and Faculty, this individual is expected to help lead UMKC in its ambition to become the model for urban research universities.  This scholar will be asked to accomplish two main objectives: build upon the existing strengths and distinctiveness of scholarly and creative works, and usher in a new era of sponsored research activity that elevates the stature and success of the university as an urban-serving research institution in a ripe regional location.

The Vice Chancellor must be an open, transparent communicator and colleague, dedicated to the principles of inclusion and equity, and respectful of all the University's diverse constituencies.

The search committee is chaired by Dr. Mark Johnson, Professor and Chair of Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, UMKC School of Dentistry. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by Friday, March 15, 2019.  All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to:


Tim McIntosh, Director of Recruitment
University of Missouri System, Office of Human Resources
1000 W. Nifong, Bldg #7 Suite 300
Columbia, Missouri 65211
[email protected]       

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal of collaboration and inclusion and value the many unique qualities and experiences a diverse environment offers.

The University will recruit and employ qualified personnel and will provide equal opportunities during employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.

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