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Vice Provost for Research

George Washington University
Washington D.C.
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 13, 2021

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Vice Provost for Research


The George Washington University (GW), a world-class research and teaching institution dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders, seeks an experienced, creative, and inspiring individual to serve as its Vice Provost for Research. GW is a destination campus for students and faculty from around the world. Established on February 9, 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. Approximately 12,000 undergraduate and 15,000 graduate students from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 130 countries take advantage of an educational experience like no other. The University's connections to the world's most influential organizations and institutions, many of which are within walking distance from campus, mean that a GW education is not limited to the classroom.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the University as 66th among national research institutions, 38th nationally among “Best Colleges for Veterans, and 90th among “Best Value Schools.” The University’s endowment reaches nearly $2 billion. There are approximately 1,600 full- and part-time faculty, including 95 endowed professorships. Combined faculty plus administrative and support staff number over 5,500. GW’s main campus is located on 43 acres in the historic Foggy Bottom section of Washington, D.C. The University’s remarkable setting is just blocks from the White House, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, many embassies, and the National Mall. Also nearby are the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and other important national and international organizations. The University also has established academic connections to the Smithsonian Institution; Children’s National Medical Center; National Institutes of Health; and public, private, and parochial school systems in the area. More information about GW may be found at

The VPR reports directly to the Provost & Executive Vice President (Provost & EVP), and serves on the Provost & EVP’s leadership team along with the areas of Academic Planning; Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement; Enrollment and Student Success; Faculty Affairs; Libraries and Academic Innovation; and Auxiliary Academic Enterprises. Within this context, a talented and accomplished research leader has the opportunity to make a significant impact. The Vice Provost will oversee a broad portfolio comprised of sponsored projects, non-sponsored scholarship, research integrity, innovation and entrepreneurship, Program on Extremism, strategic initiatives, and core facilities. The VPR will also oversee or be integral to the University’s 70 research centers and institutes. The VPR will lead a team of approximately 100 dedicated staff and has four direct reports.

The successful candidate for this position will be an experienced, strategic, and visionary leader with an earned doctorate and the academic credentials required for a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of professor in an academic department of the University. Experience with securing external support from private research-oriented foundations and government funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, the Folger, and the National Science Foundation, coupled with a broad vision for research at the University that includes support for unfunded research will be crucial. A record of demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, effective communication skills, and the interest in and ability to interact successfully with internal and external constituencies is desired.

Significant 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 are essential qualities for the next VPR. Candidates should possess a strong working knowledge of the academic enterprises within a higher education setting with a deep appreciation for how research intersects with the educational mission of the University. The successful candidate will be a relationship builder who can promote interdisciplinary research and understand GW’s commitment to shared governance.

A detailed search profile for the position may be found at

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the opportunities, challenges, and the desired attributes for the Vice Provost for Research and a complete résumé or vita. For best consideration, all applications, nominations, and confidential inquiries should be sent as soon as possible to:

Ms. Shelly Storbeck, Managing Partner
Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner
Mr. Brian Bustin, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

[email protected]


The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, or familial or marital status. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the University, including admission to education programs and employment.

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