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September 2023

The University of Delaware is conducting a national search to identify the next Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation. 

Reporting directly to the University President, the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation works closely with members of the senior leadership team to advance and support UD’s research enterprise, which exceeds over $237 million annually in externally funded projects. The vice president also works closely with the provost to promote and advance academic excellence and the standing of UD’s academic programs. In addition, the vice president plays a major role in shaping the future of the 272-acre Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus and works to enhance faculty innovation and entrepreneurship, supporting the University’s education mission, as well as broad societal impact in multiple areas including economic development and job creation.

The University of Delaware seeks to appoint an individual who brings strong academic leadership to an institution deeply committed to the idea of unparalleled academic excellence and distinction, and a strong, cohesive University. The next Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation should possess the appropriate terminal degree from an accredited higher education institution as well as an exemplary record of scholarly and funded research suitable for a tenured appointment as full professor. While there is no fixed career trajectory for the next Vice President, at least 10 years of significant leadership experience in research and/or technology management within higher education, government or industry is desired, along with a demonstrated commitment to working with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students. A record of success in being awarded federal grants and contracts is critical, as is service on federal grant and contract peer review committees. Other candidates who present a record of outstanding scholarship and effective academic leadership will also be welcome as candidates and considered for this leadership opportunity.

The University of Delaware is committed to academic and inclusive excellence by building a community of faculty, staff and students who are both diverse and respectful of human differences and by promulgating a campus climate and culture that appreciates and celebrates diversity in all aspects, including diverse perspectives, race, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, and gender identity or expression.