Vice President for Research
President Vistasp Karbhari and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) invite applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Research (VPR).
The University of Texas at Arlington
Founded in 1895, UTA is a Carnegie Research 1 institution with more than 100 years of academic excellence and tradition located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex with a total annual economic benefit to the region of $17.1 billion. UTA is a rapidly growing center of research excellence, the largest university in North Texas, and second largest in The University of Texas System. The University exceeded $115M in total research expenditures in 2019, representing a growth of 30% in three years, and is one of only 14 universities in the U.S. designated as R1 and also as a Hispanic Serving Institution. UTA’s research enterprise continues to grow significantly and is driven by the Strategic Plan-Bold Solutions, Global Impact focused on enabling a sustainable megacity and based on four theme areas of Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impact, and Data-Driven Discovery. The continued growth of UTA has fueled a robust faculty hiring program and investments in the research infrastructure and last year UTA opened the Science & Technology Engineering & Innovation building, a $125M state-of-the-art facility for life and health science research, which also houses the North Texas Genome Center. For more information about UTA, please visit https://www.uta.edu/.
Reporting to President Vistasp Karbhari, the Vice President for Research oversees the research enterprise of the university, including an operating unit with more than 103 staff. As a member of the President’s Leadership Council, the VPR will drive a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, attracting candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives and ensuring a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for all employees. The VPR will be a champion of customer service, foster professional growth at all levels of the university, and will sustain UTA as a destination workplace that attracts and retains top level team members committed to institutional mission and values. The VPR takes the lead role for growing the research enterprise at UTA in alignment with the university’s strategic plan and research strategic initiatives. The VPR works with the Deans, Associate Deans for Research, and faculty across campus to identify opportunities, develop competitive proposals, enable successful research programs, build research partnerships, and communicate research accomplishments. The VPR also works closely with the Provost and President on strategic hiring of faculty.
In addition, the Office of the Vice President for Research provides oversight for:
- Grant and Contract Administration – Research grants and contracts, including pre-award, post-award, contract agreements, and research reporting.
- Regulatory Compliance – Oversight of human subject research (IRB), animal research (IACUC), export control, research conflict of interest.
- Innovation and Commercialization – Intellectual property including technical disclosures and patents, NDAs, IP licensing, entrepreneurial start-ups.
- Core Research Facilities – Core facilities through the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, including: the Centers for Nano Technology Research, Advanced Analytical Chemistry, Bio-Molecular Imaging, Environmental Forensics, Materials Science, the Animal Care Facility, and the North Texas Genome Center.
- Research Centers – The UTA Research Institute and the Organized Centers for Research Excellence.
- Undergraduate Research – including the McNair Scholars Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.
- Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center – The Department of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Program for the state of Texas.
- Seed grants – Seed funding for developing new research programs is provided through the Research Enhancement Program and Interdisciplinary Research Program.
Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate will possess a distinguished record in research administration, superior interpersonal and management skills, and a demonstrated commitment to UTA’s mission, vision, and its students. In addition, candidates should display strong professional expertise, an understanding of contemporary public higher education, and knowledge of the national and international research agendas and enterprise. It is preferred that the candidate have demonstrated success in obtaining extramural funds at the institutional level as well as experience with research infrastructure development, budgeting in a complex environment, grants and contract administration, and strategic planning with accountability measures. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:
- A PhD degree and exceptional reputation as a researcher in his or her field, including professional awards and honors;
- Demonstrated ability to develop a vision for research leadership and experience implementing strategic vision through goals and milestones;
- Demonstrated ability to manage research programs, including experience working with program managers from various funding agencies;
- Successful record developing interdisciplinary research teams and funded programs;
- Successful record building research partnerships with other universities, federal labs/institutes, companies, and cities/communities;
- Experience with all aspects of research compliance: financial, conflict of interest, human subject research, animal research, export control;
- Demonstrated success leading an organization at the executive level: VP, interim VP, or head of a major operating unit with skills in budget management, personnel management and development, and meeting institutional goals and milestones;
- Integrity in all aspects of personal, institutional, and community involvement;
- Strong communication, both oral and written, including experience with the media, senior administrators, faculty, students, business leaders, alumni, community leaders;
- An entrepreneurial spirit to provide leadership in new directions to enhance the university’s reputation and performance.
Application and Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications will remain confidential until the selection of the finalists, whose names and application materials will be made public.
Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:
Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code “UTA-VPR” in subject line
UTA is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. UTA is a tobacco-free campus.