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Vice Chancellor for Research

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The University of Kansas
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University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

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Position OverviewThe University of Kansas (KU) seeks a visionary, strategic and entrepreneurial leader to serve as Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR). The Vice Chancellor will inspire a renewed commitment to discovery across the University, catalyzing research and the generation of new knowledge that will distinguish KU as a leading research institution nationally and on the world stage.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and working closely with the Chancellor and KU senior leadership team, the Vice Chancellor for Research stewards KU’s research enterprise on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses, including oversight of research administration. A champion and advocate for research and scholarship, the Vice Chancellor provides leadership and strategy to the Office of Research in alignment with the University’s mission and strategic priorities.

Research at KU addresses opportunities and challenges of worldwide significance, delivers solutions that make a difference to Kansas and the region, and promotes an inclusive community of responsible inquiry and innovation for students and scholars. The Vice Chancellor for Research leads the Lawrence and Edwards campuses in pursuit of that mission, working in partnership with academic leaders, faculty and staff and in close collaboration with business and community partners and the KU Medical Center campus.

The next Vice Chancellor for Research will have a unique and exciting opportunity to champion a bold and unifying vision for the future of research, creative activity and engaged scholarship at KU. The VCR will diversify and grow KU’s research portfolio and optimize research administration, operations and infrastructure.

As the state’s flagship institution, the University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship and creative endeavor. A Carnegie-classified R1 Doctoral University, KU is one of only 69 in the U.S. and the only state university in Kansas to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

KU enrolls more than 29,000 students taught by over 3,300 faculty across 14 schools on five campuses. Its diverse elements are united by a mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world.

The University seeks a Vice Chancellor with a commitment to multidisciplinary research, the capacity to inspire and catalyze scholarly achievement in all its diversity, and the ability to ensure administrative and operational excellence across KU’s research enterprise.

The successful candidate will have a distinguished research record in their own discipline; extensive professional experience in research and research administration; and a demonstrated understanding of federal appropriations processes and the roles of federal and other sponsors in research development. An earned doctorate or terminal degree and the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance is required.
Job DescriptionRole of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and working closely with the Chancellor and KU senior leadership team, the Vice Chancellor for Research oversees and stewards the research enterprise on the University’s Lawrence and Edwards campuses. A champion and advocate for research and scholarship, the Vice Chancellor provides leadership and strategy to the Office of Research in alignment with the University’s mission and strategy.

KU research addresses problems and opportunities of worldwide significance, delivers solutions that make a difference to Kansas and the region, and promotes an inclusive community of responsible inquiry and innovation for students and scholars. The Vice Chancellor for Research leads the Lawrence and Edwards campuses in pursuit of that mission, working in partnership with academic leaders, faculty and staff and in close collaboration with business and community partners and the KU Medical Center campus.

The Vice Chancellor advocates for research on and off campus, implements research integrity requirements, and, through the KU Center for Research (KUCR), oversees the administration of research grants and contracts on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses.

In grants administration, the Vice Chancellor ensures that KU research staff provide essential support for research investigators by negotiating contracts, providing proposal and post-award services, administering compliance oversight, managing research facilities and participating in the design of new research facilities or redesign of existing ones.
Duties and Responsibilities will include:
  • Enhance extramural research funding and provide budgetary oversight of research and research infrastructure.
  • Through oversight of KUCR, guide university-wide research enhancement and compliance activities including the formulation and promotion of research policies and guidelines and promotion, leadership, and coordination of multidisciplinary research programs.
  • Foster research collaboration among faculty at the University through inclusive programming, oversight of research centers and by encouraging cooperative efforts among deans and research center directors.
  • Encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary research collaboration with the KU Medical Center campus and leverage administrative efficiencies between the two research enterprises.
  • Collaborate with university, industry, and regional partners to expand the University's applied research capacity and enrich KU's innovation ecosystem.
  • Facilitate and strengthen the University's research infrastructure and competitiveness and advise the Provost on research competitive issues.
  • Work to increase external financial support for research at the University with a focus on large multidisciplinary and collaborative research programs that build upon KU's strengths and unique capabilities.
  • Provide oversight of KU's national industrial security program (NISP) and be able to obtain and hold a US security clearance.
Required QualificationsAn earned doctorate or terminal degree and the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance is required. The successful candidate will have a distinguished research record in their own discipline; extensive professional experience in research and research administration; and a demonstrated understanding of federal appropriations processes and the roles of federal and other sponsors in research development.Preferred QualificationsPrior experience in a research-intensive public university, working collaboratively with an academic medical center, and success in technology transfer are preferred.Additional Candidate InstructionsAll applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV and letter of interest describing relevant experience and addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

Candidates will be considered until an appointment is made.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Kansas in this search. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Lucy Leske, Philip Tang, and Natalie Song KUResearch@wittkieffer.com
Contact Information to ApplicantsWittKieffer is assisting the University of Kansas in this search.

For a complete Leadership Profile and for Confidential nominations and inquiries, contact:
Lucy Leske, Philip Tang, and Natalie Song at KUResearch@wittkieffer.com
Advertised Salary Rangecommensurate with experienceApplication Review BeginsFriday March 1, 2024Apply to Job

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Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.

Instruction 

KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.

Research 

The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.

Service 

The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

Values 

The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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