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Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC

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Position Title::

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Position Number::


Full-time or Part-time::

Full Time


Office of Research

Posting Number::



EHRA (Non-Faculty)

Job Category::

Exec, Admin, Managerial

Hiring Range::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum salary::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Maximum salary::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Overall Position Competency::

Flat Rate

Description of primary duties and responsibilities::

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is seeking to hire an Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. FSU is a public, comprehensive Historically Black University, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. FSU is the second oldest public university in North Carolina and is the regional university of choice for students from rural, military, and other diverse backgrounds.

What began in 1867 as a one-building school established by black community leaders to educate black children in Fayetteville, has grown into a campus of 156 acres serving over 6,700 students. Fayetteville State University offers robust and innovative degree programs rooted in the liberal arts tradition. The university advances knowledge through the integration of teaching, learning, research, and public service. FSU strives to meet the educational, career, and personal aspirations of its students and serves the region through key community partnerships and by developing graduates who can have a positive impact through their profession.

FSU has many nationally ranked academic programs, including the school of nursing and online MBA. In addition to exceptional pre-professional programs, FSU has a proud tradition in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. FSU also touts phenomenal Army and Air Force ROTC programs that annually develop students into nationally ranked cadets, prepared to lead successfully in the US military. For more information about the university, please visit:

Since 1972, Fayetteville State University has been one of 17 institutions within the broader University of North Carolina System. This multi-campus university system is dedicated to serving the state of North Carolina and its people through world-class teaching, research and scholarship, and outreach and service. More than 239,000 students are enrolled in the UNC System’s 16 universities across the state and the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics.

The Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Research and Innovation will guide Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) implementation of a comprehensive research agenda that is consistent with its mission of “promoting the educational, social, cultural and economic transformation of southeastern North Carolina and beyond.” The position will be responsible for increasing externally funded and internally funded research productivity at FSU, increasing external funding for research and special programs, strengthening institutional support for research, and identifying appropriate areas of emphasis for research at FSU. Due to the growing presence of military installations and resources in North Carolina, the research agenda will necessarily emphasize research and programs that meet the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense. Reporting directly to the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the AVC for Research & Innovation will have supervisory responsibility for the Office of Sponsored Research and will work collaboratively with faculty, department chairs, deans, and staff throughout the university.

Description of Work Continued::

This position supervises the Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Pre-Awards Administrator, and the Budget Officer. This team provides support for grant development and submission, grant monitoring and reporting, faculty/constituent training, and partnership building.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Establish an effective, responsive, and productive infrastructure for research at FSU;
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan for research that will guide FSU’s research and grant writing activities;
  • Act as a resource for university stakeholders to empower faculty, staff, and students in carrying out their scholarly, experimental, pedagogical, creative, and organizational projects;
  • Comply with federal, state, and university regulations and other appropriate guiding principles through a professionally supported relationship with our stakeholders;
  • Provide oversight in areas that are not limited to, Biological Safety, Export Control, Conflict of Interest, Radiation Safety, Research Misconduct, Toxic Substances, research involving Vertebrae Animals or Human Subjects, Materials Transfer Agreements, research involving Controlled Substances, Memorandums of Understanding, Teaming Agreements, and Non-Disclosure Agreements;
  • Provide oversight for the successful administration of sponsored programs-to include grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements;
  • Build on-campus and external coalitions to leverage support for research and related innovations in the division’s priority areas;
  • Strengthen FSU’s research capability by building interdisciplinary teams to generate funded research to address contemporary needs;
  • Build diverse and successful research teams that contribute to knowledge creation while also helping to increase underrepresented students’ participation in research and the number of students who are on track for research careers;
  • To provide data-driven information to the state, regional, national, and global community on environmental, health, educational, aesthetic, and economic challenges to well-being;
  • Provide effective supervision to the development and submission of grants and contracts;
  • Represent the university to external agencies and constituencies, including the military and Department of Defense civilian employees, to match needs with FSU’s research effort and capabilities;
  • Collaborate with University Advancement as a key stakeholder/partner;
  • Assess the university’s research productivity on specific measures, such as amount of external funding for research productivity; number and quality of publications, presentations, and creative works; and other appropriate measures;
  • Increase extramural funding to support research, instructional improvement, and public engagement and service;
  • Develop the infrastructure and resources needed to promote increased productivity in externally and internally-funded research, scholarship, and creative activity across all disciplines;
  • Identify opportunities for grants, contracts, and other external funding sources and assisting faculty and staff individually or in groups to write successful grants and negotiate contracts;
  • Initiate programs and services that will enable more faculty to produce research and secure external grant funding;
  • Facilitate technology transfer, and working with faculty and UNC General System to increase technology transfer;
  • Ensure academic integrity in research and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations/policies pertaining to research and technology transfer;
  • Facilitate the engagement of undergraduate and graduate students in research;
  • Advise the provost and other university officials on strategies for supporting research activities;
  • Complete other related tasks associated with research; and
  • Act as the Chief Research Officer (CRO) for the University, and the research Point of Contact for the UNC System.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements::

Earned doctorate degree from an accredited institution.
7-10 years experience with technology support for research and innovation submissions internal and external to campuses, strategic planning, assessment, budget management, and supervision and evaluation of personnel

Preferred Qualifications::

A Certified Research Administrator designation is preferred. Dedication to preserving and advancing FSU’s HBCU legacy, mission, and culture is essential.

Special Instructions to Applicants::

How to Apply

Interested applicants should visit to apply. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For priority consideration, a candidate’s materials should be received by October 24, 2021. Note, all candidate materials will be confidential. References will not be contacted without a candidate’s knowledge.

The UNC System HR Office is assisting FSU with this search. Confidential inquiries may be directed to Lynn Duffy, Senior Associate Vice President for Leadership Development and Talent Acquisition, at [email protected].

Open Until Filled::


Additional Information for Applicants:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified prior to employment. Transcripts should be provided for all earned degrees and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements. Transcript requests are the responsibility of the candidate.

EEO Statement::

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable).

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disabling condition, political affiliation or sexual orientation. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Veteran's Statement:

Fayetteville State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.

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Working at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a member of the prestigious University of North Carolina System. Situated in southeastern North Carolina, FSU prides itself in being in one of the most diverse cities in the country and neighbor to one of the nation’s largest military installations – Fort Bragg.

FSU has a rich history that serves as genesis for its current status as a leading institution of higher learning. A year after the Civil War ended, the Phillips School provided primary education to Fayetteville’s black citizens, and the Sumner School provided intermediate education for this population. The two schools were consolidated in 1869 and dedicated in April of that year as the Howard School, in honor of the Freedman’s Bureau chief General O.O. Howard. Seven prominent African-American men pooled $136 to purchase two lots for the first building that housed the Howard School. Robert Harris was named the first principal of the Howard School.

In 1877, the Howard School became not just the first public normal school for African Americans in North Carolina but also the first state-sponsored institution for the education of African-American teachers in the South. It was renamed the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville that year, Fayetteville State Teachers College in 1939, Fayetteville State College in 1963, and Fayetteville State University in 1969.

While FSU’s roots are as a teacher education institution, it now offers nearly 70 degrees at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. Many of the programs are accredited by the top agencies. The university’s School of Business and Economics is endorsed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is one of the most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies for business programs in higher education. Currently, less than one-third of U.S. business programs and only 15% of the world's business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Receipt of this distinguished accreditation provides evidence that FSU’s School of Business and Economics has established itself as a leader among business schools. Additionally, the Master of Business Administration program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review as one of the best graduate business school programs in the country. The Department of Criminal Justice is accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). FSU’s criminal justice program is the only such program in North Carolina to hold ACJS certification.

FSU is rapidly becoming a center for research and technology. In spring 2010, the university, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, cut the ribbon on the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Center. The center is home to the electron microprobe, an advanced imaging tool that magnifies objects up to 300,000 times.

FSU is a partner in the community. The institution has formulated a strong relationship with the local municipality and with civic and social organizations in the area. The institution enjoys its partnership with its military neighbors. In the coming years, as a result of Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC), Fort Bragg will be home to more than 50,000 soldiers and some of the nation’s top military brass. To address their educational needs, FSU has implemented a degree in intelligence studies with plans to offer more academic programs with the military in mind.

Students who come to FSU know they will be learning in a nurturing environment from some of the top scholars in their respective fields. As they matriculate, they know their degrees will prepare them to be 21st century global scholars, change agents, and contributing members of society.

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