Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Moscow, Idaho (US)
March 07 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

University of Idaho

Associate Vice President for Research


The University of Idaho seeks a collaborative and entrepreneurial Associate Vice President for Research to: serve as a catalyst for the development and expansion of research activities, grow and strengthen capacity and productivity in interdisciplinary research, engage external stakeholders to expand research funding opportunities, assume a key role in enhancing the research infrastructure, and establish an atmosphere of partnership across the University to heighten research success.


The Position


Reporting to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) oversees and directs campus efforts to develop and strengthen interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative activity across all disciplines in support of the University’s efforts to become a Carnegie Classification R1 institution. The AVPR provides strategic leadership for the statewide research enterprise; and oversees and directs management authority and budget responsibility for direct reports, research and faculty development, economic development, and intellectual property and technology transfer functions.

Working collaboratively with other University leaders and units, the AVPR ensures all research activities are conducted with the highest degree of integrity; with consideration of the environment and the health and safety of the public, faculty, staff, and students; and with compliance to University policies and procedures and state and national standards and regulations. The AVPR participates in strategic planning and implementation, leverages and coordinates with UI campuses located statewide, assists in the formulation of research directions and policies for the institution, and represents research administration on a variety of groups and committees.


The Qualifications


Required qualifications include a Doctorate in a relevant discipline, personal track record in research, demonstrated capacity for research leadership at a senior level, commitment to advancing the University research enterprise, and experience with federal and state policies and practices for funded research. Demonstrated progressive experience in leadership positions in academic or other research-related organizations, including the development and implementation of strategic plans and the management of budgets, personnel, and research and/or academic programs is also essential.


Preferred qualifications include a Ph.D. in a research-intensive, relevant discipline and successful leadership with a bold vision for research, innovation, and economic development in a university setting. Additional preferred qualifications include experience in public higher education administration; creation of a team environment; supervision of professional staff; prior or current active extramurally supported research; success in facilitating interdisciplinary research and developing internal and external partnerships; collaboration with faculty, graduate students, and administrators to advance a culture of research; and effective technology transfer, innovation, and translational research to stimulate a regional economy.


The University


Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation, and the world. The student population numbers more than 12,000, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as “higher research activity,” University researchers expended over $109 million in expenditures last year.


Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in the United States by The Princeton Review, and a noted national leader in student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research that promotes public service, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. The University is a dynamic and integral part of the fabric of Idaho, and, as such, plays a key role in the state’s economic development. Over 2,500 faculty and staff support and guide 120 Bachelor's, 83 Master's, and 33 doctoral degree options. Vandal athletic teams compete in 14 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports. Competing in the Big Sky Conference, the Vandals are reigning conference champions in women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s tennis.


The Location


Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is known as the “heart of the arts” for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. In 2016 Moscow was named one of the top 50 ‘Best College Towns in America’ by College Rank for its access to outdoor recreation, vibrant downtown, and cultural attractions. The area is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Moscow is home to more than 21,000 residents and the urban amenities of the Coeur d'Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive.


The Invitation for Application, Confidential Conversation, Nomination


The University of Idaho is pleased to partner with the search firm Strategic Search Advantage. To learn more about this opportunity, please view the position profile at -


To apply, please submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of application. The letter should summarize your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Successful applicants will provide specific examples of past work experience as it relates to the position responsibilities and qualifications. Send your application materials to me at the email address below. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, March 30, 2018. First consideration will be given to those who apply by this date. The position will remain open until filled.


To arrange a day and time for a confidential conversation, simply email me at the address below.


If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, I would welcome your nomination. Please forward your nomination to me at the email address below or contact me by phone.


Thank you for your consideration,                                                                                              


Gary R. Rhoads, Search Consultant



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