The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Research. Reporting to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor is the chief research officer of the university and also works to promote research and economic development activities, particularly in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory through UT‐Battelle, LLC and other research and development institutions in the region and the State of Tennessee. The relationship with ORNL is poised for even stronger and more strategic collaborations and deep familiarity with the U.S. Department of Energy and the national lab complex is desirable.
Finalists and Open Forums
On-campus interviews with the candidates in the search for the next vice chancellor for research will begin November 8, 2017. Each candidate will hold an open forum with the campus community. Those who attend a forum are encouraged to download a feedback form, complete it, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 8
Thursday, November 9
Thursday, November 16
Tuesday, November 28
Applicants should have an earned terminal degree and evidence of scholarly, professional, or creative achievement sufficient to qualify for tenure as a Full Professor.
In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- Visionary leadership and management skills necessary to drive growth of scholarship, research, and creative activity at a Research Extensive University;
- Creative and outside the box thinking;
- Ability to facilitate an increase in research funding for scholarly activity across all disciplines;
- Experience with innovative public private partnerships with strategic corporate and foundation partners; the background to advance faculty research development;
- Broad knowledge and experience of directing large‐scale federally sponsored programs, technology transfer and commercialization of research;
- Commitment to the role of research in undergraduate and graduate education and ability to promote interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary scholarship and research;
- Strong communication skills to represent the university to internal and external audiences; including federal, state, industrial and corporate entities for the purpose of enhancing the research enterprise;
- Demonstrated ability to ensure that the campus is fully compliant with all federal and state compliance guidelines in such areas as responsible conduct of research, animal care, human subjects, radiation safety, lab safety, export regulations and uniform guidance;
- Capability to manage the award functions in the Office of Research, providing high‐quality service to researchers;
- Ability to work closely with the Chancellor and Provost to ensure that the research and academic missions of the institution support each other. In particular, coordinate the commitment of start‐up funds to new faculty;
- Ability to work closely with the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration in research space and facilities planning; ability to work collegially with a wide variety of constituencies and team members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet;
- Able to enhance relationships with the UT System research officers, ORNL Scientists and managers, the UT‐ Battelle core universities, and other strategic partners.
Recruitment of candidates will continue until the position is filled. For a complete position description and to apply electronically, please refer to:
To make a referral, to express interest in the position or to obtain additional information, please contact:
Brooke M. Swart
Associate Executive Recruiter
The University of Tennessee
105 Student Services Building
1331 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-5942
Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Brooke M. Swart Associate Executive Recruiter at (865) 974-5942. Please note that Tennessee prides itself on the transparency of its government, and all formal candidacies will be subject to public inquiry.
Stacey Patterson, interim vice president for research, outreach, and economic development, UT System
- Suzie Allard, professor of information sciences and associate dean for research for the College of Communication and Information
- Suresh Babu, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing
- Wayne T. Davis, dean and professor, Tickle College of Engineering
- Amy J. Elias, professor of English and director of the UT Humanities Center
- Heidi Goodrich-Blair, professor and department head of microbiology
- Jean Mercer, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Sponsored Programs
- Jeffrey Nichols, associate laboratory director for Computing and Computational Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Soren Sorensen, professor of physics
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.