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Vice President for Research and Innovation - Office of the President

Bowie State University
Bowie, MD

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Position Title:

Vice President for Research and Innovation

Class Title:


Regular or Contingent II:

Regular (PIN)

Desired Start Date:




Salary Range:

$200,000 - $235,000

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Duties and Responsibilities :

Lead the University in achieving the goals of its research and Innovation agenda including:

  • promoting interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research;
  • integrating research and education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels;
  • ensuring the integrity of research processes and policies;
  • stewarding the physical and computational infrastructure necessary for research leadership;
  • establishing collaborative research partnerships between the University and key stakeholders at the local, regional, national, and international levels;
  • participating in federal and state policymaking regarding research and Innovation; and engaging a broad range of individuals in research, scholarly, or creative activity that strengthen the University’s research enterprise.
Serve as an advocate for research, scholarship, artistry and Innovation including championing continued and new investments in physical, digital, human research capital and community engagement.

Support existing research and Innovation priorities and infrastructure while also identifying new opportunities for investment and growth.
Foster development of transdisciplinary research initiatives in a thriving, contemporary Historical Black College and University.
Interact, on behalf of institutional and faculty interests, with industry, state, federal, and international research partners.
Provide strategic leadership and support of a research, scholarship, and Innovation ecosystem that furthers institutional goals related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Through policy and practice, create and maintain a positive, supportive, and inclusive organizational culture related to research development, scholarship, and Innovation.
Foster faculty research success, resulting in continued increases in numbers and quality of faculty research publications, proposals, and artistic and cultural performances.
Invest in and support human research capital yielding a strong base of research faculty, senior research scientists and graduate research assistants, commensurate with higher levels of external funding and achievement of goals for teaching excellence.
Develop and support a rich and diverse intellectual climate on campus through the recruitment, retention, and recognition of excellent faculty.
Foster an institutional environment that supports synergy and facilitates collaborative and cooperative efforts among scholars with interests in common problems.
Encourage scholarship that addresses pressing social, political, economic, cultural, and community issues.
Grow levels of externally funded research by overseeing and promoting the acquisition of funding from traditional and novel funding sources to support research and associated facilities, equipment, and infrastructure needs and capabilities.
Invest in physical research infrastructure including the construction and equipping of new laboratories and other facilities, and provision of resources and services to meet the needs of a growing research institution.
Collaborate with other University officials and offices to promote and facilitate technology transfer and the commercialization of intellectual properties created by BSU researchers.
Oversee development and management of campus-wide, shared-use core research facilities.
Oversee the development and management of protocols, resources, and mechanisms for acquiring shared research assets.
Lead partnerships with the Division of IT and the University Library to support strategic research IT infrastructure, compliance, and data management.


Earned doctorate and a scholarly record consistent with appointment as full Professor at Bowie State University.


  • Experience and success in managing a complex organization including people, resources, and operating budgets.
  • Personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change through effective communication, collaboration with stakeholders, vision, flexibility, and decisiveness
  • Successful track record of competitive funding from federal agencies, non-profit agencies, and/or industrial entities.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities :


  • Strategic Leadership. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a deep understanding of and respect for the higher education environment including academic freedom, processes, and culture. They will possess a track record of effective research leadership and management within a shared governance environment that includes collaboratively identifying vision, objectives, and areas for scholarly growth, investment, and reallocation. Successes will include leadership and support of transdisciplinary research initiatives. The ideal candidate will also possess the ability to diversify funding streams to support the BSU research mission. They will be a seasoned leader with excellent organizational, planning, supervisory, and problem-solving skills and the ability to balance existing research priorities, infrastructure, and needs with new research investments.

  • Research Infrastructure & Resources. Ideally, the successful candidate will demonstrate impacts in managing, supporting, and growing research infrastructure on behalf of a complex organization, including leadership of initiatives to capitalize upon contemporary trends and opportunities in research, scholarship, and artistry.

  • Faculty, Staff, and Student Support. The ideal candidate will energetically advocate for researchers, scholars, and creative artists on behalf of a diverse community and possess a professional track record of success in this area. They will have experience in identifying, hiring, mentoring, and retaining talent as well as experience with negotiation, conflict resolution, and change management consistent with BSU’s Principles of Community. They will have experience leading research and/or scholarship activities at an academic institution serving underrepresented students. BSU values candidates with demonstrated impacts in fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion related to research, scholarship, and artistry.

  • Collaboration and Partnerships. The ideal candidate will have experience with technology transfer and a history of fostering, cultivating, and capitalizing upon synergy between research, scholarship, outreach/dissemination, and Innovation. They will possess the ability to leverage existing and grow new connections with external partners including federal and state government agencies, nongovernmental funding agencies, industry partners, and others.

  • Research Compliance and Ethics. The ideal candidate has a deep commitment to personal and professional ethics. This individual will be familiar with research compliance and risk management within a complex academic organization and will possess the ability to lead and support BSU research compliance programs, initiatives, and boards. They will also possess familiarity with areas of potential research expansion including those related to general laboratory practices (GLP), general manufacturing practices (GMP), clinical trials, etc.

Conditions of Employment :

Must pass a Criminal Background check.

Please be advised, COVID-19 vaccinations are strongly encouraged but not required for eligible faculty and staff employed by Bowie State University. This protocol may be subject to change.

Other :

PURPOSE: Bowie State University seeks a visionary leader to serve as its next Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI). The VPRI leads Bowie State University in achieving the goals for its research and innovation agenda. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet and Provost’s Leadership Council, the VPRI oversees annual research expenditures of more than $20 million and works collaboratively within a shared governance framework to set priorities for institutional growth and investment in research and scholarship and oversees policies, practices, and infrastructure. The VPRI demonstrates a personal commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and leverages professional authority and influence to provide opportunities related to research, scholarship, and creative artistry. Inspired by its Historical Black College and University heritage, BSU is committed to excellence, and setting the standard to become a Carnegie R2 research-intensive institution supporting teaching, research, and service.

BSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!BSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Bowie State University, a member of the University System of Maryland (USM), is a regional, comprehensive, and historically black university. The University offers an array of baccalaureate and masters degree programs and a doctorate in education. Located between Washington, DC and Baltimore, the University includes a diverse faculty and student population.

Founded in 1865, Bowie State is the oldest Historically Black College/University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the country. It is also a diverse university whose 5,400 students, along with faculty and staff, come from many ethnic backgrounds. The University boasts a pastoral campus that is both serene and beautiful. With seven residence halls, the University is a hub of 24/7 undergraduate life, yet it also offers convenient evening classes and online courses to serve employed professionals seeking to move ahead in their vocations.

Bowie State upholds the System’s mission of providing high-caliber, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities. In addition to its 25 undergraduate majors, Bowie State offers 30 master's, doctoral, and advanced certification programs. Its advanced research facilities include one of the world's 100 most powerful supercomputers and a satellite operations control center managed in conjunction with NASA

We invite you to take a closer look at Bowie State; you will like what you see.



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