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Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation

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Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation


Vice President for Research



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Monday-Friday; 8:00am-5:00pm.

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External and Internal


Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and relevant experience.


Funding expected to continue

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University Information:

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has one of the top 5 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student bodies in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.

Furthermore, UTA is poised to experience widespread growth in the near future. The university recently launched the first phase of its RISE 100 initiative aimed at recruiting 100 new tenure-system faculty to amplify research standing and position UTA as a leader in key scholarly areas; more details are available at The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to join UTA during an exciting period of growth and contribute as the university broadens its impact.

Job Summary:

To help accelerate the expansion of research at UTA, we are seeking an experienced research leader and administrator for the position of Associate Vice President for Research (AVPRI). The AVPRI will work closely with the team in the VPRI office to expand programs in basic and applied research in areas such as, but not limited to engineering, physical sciences and social science. The AVPRI will work with faculty, staff, funding agencies, corporate partners, and other universities and labs to advance new research and innovation opportunities, especially those that are interdisciplinary in nature.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Facilitate building and diversifying UTA’s funded research portfolio, in the physical sciences, engineering and social sciences in accordance with the University’s strategic research themes. Convene faculty, department chairs, associate deans for research, deans, center directors and other stakeholders in the relevant colleges to achieve this goal.
  • Oversee functioning and growth of UTA’s Proposal Development Center, to include facilitating visits for faculty to funding agencies in Washington DC and elsewhere as appropriate.
  • Support government relations at the state and federal level as they impact the responsibilities of the division.
  • Collaborate with other members of the VPRI team to jointly advance the strategic priorities of the division.
  • Performs other duties assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:



  • A PhD in a physical science, engineering or social science with an exceptional reputation as a researcher and student mentor.
  • A broad understanding of academic research funding opportunities, proposal development, and grant management.
  • A successful record of accomplishment in developing and managing interdisciplinary teams and interinstitutional collaborations.
  • Experience with academic administration.
  • Supervisory experience.



Preferred Qualifications:




  • Direct experience with DOD, DOE, NSF, USDOT, USDOE, and/or similar funding agencies
  • An expertise or deep interest in using data to inform advancement of the institution’s research strengths;
  • Familiarity with UTA’s status as an HSI and AANAPISI institution and how to leverage that status in seeking extramural funding.
  • Knowledge of the academic research enterprise including regulatory compliance, contracting, sponsored programs, technology transfer, and other research administration functions.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:




  • The candidate must possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills; be capable of building consensus; be knowledgeable of and sensitive to the talents, interests, and scholarship needs of faculty and academic administrators from a range disciplines and academic units; and foster vigorous programs of research across the breadth of the university.


  • The candidate will have knowledge of and experience with governmental, industrial, and private funding sources and mechanisms. The candidate will have strong writing and public speaking skills.




Other Requirements :




  • Standard office conditions. Regular travel both in and out of state.



CBC Requirement:


It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to conduct a criminal background check on any applicant who is under final consideration for employment with the University.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or The University) to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status. The University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity, and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University’s compliance with this policy.

ADA Accommodations:

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to 817-272-5554 or email

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.

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