Texas Tech University (Texas Tech or TTU) located in Lubbock, Texas, seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as the Vice President of Research (VPR). As the champion of the University’s research mission, the VPR will join Texas Tech at a time of unprecedented growth and momentum. As such, s/he will provide the leadership necessary to significantly increase external funding for research, foster innovative scholarship and creative activity in all fields including interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations, and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Established in 1923, Texas Tech is a public, top tier research-intensive university. The University has an enrollment of over 36,000 students and offers more than 150 bachelors, 100 masters, and 60 doctoral degree programs across its main campus, its eLearning online courses, and its six in-state satellite campuses. Encompassing ten academic colleges, a Graduate School, and a School of Law, Texas Tech University is the largest institution and the flagship of the Texas Tech University System.
Texas Tech University’s research profile has grown dramatically over the past decade, with total research expenditures increasing by more than 125% since 2011. TTU is a designated Emerging Research University in the State of Texas. In 2012, the University was certified to have met the metrics needed to access the National Research University Fund established by the state. The University was also recently designated as a Tier One Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Texas Tech’s goal is to develop a research portfolio commensurate with member institutions of the Association of American Universities.
In this highly-visible role, the VPR will serve as the university’s principal research officer reporting directly to the President and serving as a member of his cabinet. Working collaboratively across the research enterprise, this role will be responsible for developing a dynamic strategic plan aimed at advancing Tech Tech’s top tier research status; fostering collaboration across the university and system to enhance cooperative, interdisciplinary research programs and opportunities; developing new and nurturing existing external partnerships that maximize TTU’s research resources; promoting and supporting a culture that values compliance with all regulatory bodies; and managing all resources associated with the Office of the VPR. Supporting these efforts will be a staff of approximately 260 and a budget of $36 million.
The successful candidate will have an earned doctoral degree, relevant administrative and leadership experience coupled with a record of advancing research at a research-intensive doctoral university, and a record of distinguished scholarship and funded research. Evidence of leadership of a large interdisciplinary university, research center(s) or other activities of comparable size, scale, and complexity is expected. In addition, experience in supporting technology transfer, commercialization, and industry partnerships; a record of infrastructure development with multiple constituencies; and an understanding of the need to develop research interests throughout the University as well as collaborations with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Centers is expected. A keen understanding of federal funding mechanisms, advocacy and compliance will be essential.
Dan Rodas is leading this search with Jane McMahon and Randi Alberry.
Texas Tech is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.