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Vice President for Research

Apply now Job no: 492697
Work Type: Staff full-time
Location: Abilene
Categories: Executive

About ACU

ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the university.

Title of Position Vice President for Research
Posting Location Abilene, TX
Department President's Office
Employee Class Executive (Dean, VP)
Basic Responsibilities A. Research support and growth
B. Compliance and research infrastructure
C. Innovation, Research Development and Commercialization
D. Promote research and scholarship internally and externally
Essential Duties

A. Research support and growth
1. Initiate and maintain programs to enhance faculty development in the areas of
research, scholarship, creative activity and extramural funding.
2. Oversee all aspects of grants and contracts including pre-award, post-award,
grant accounting, research compliance and reporting.
3. Assist in the development and oversight of major research initiatives with
external partners.

4. Collaborate with academic leaders and faculty for the strategic development,
implementation and communication of research, scholarship and creative work
at ACU.
B. Compliance and research infrastructure
1. Ensure federal, state and university assurance and compliance in all areas of
research, including the use of human subjects (IRB), animals (IACUC), and
issues of research integrity and conflicts of interest.
2. Oversee research infrastructure of the university, including university-wide
research initiatives and laboratories.
3. Oversee the continued development and implementation of all research policies
and procedures.
C. Innovation, Research Development and Commercialization
1. Develop and implement a strategic plan for research at ACU.
2. Ensure apt intellectual property and technology transfer policies and procedures
through regular reviews and updates.
3. Oversee all activities relating to intellectual property including validating and
protecting discoveries and technology transfer issues relating to licensing and
partnerships for developing and commercializing discoveries.
4. Build and maintain cooperative relationships with faculty to spark a culture of
innovation throughout the university.
D. Promote research and scholarship internally and externally
1. Represent research and scholarship to all relevant internal and external
audiences to increase knowledge of our work and strengthen our position with
external funding sources and strategic partners.

Professional Development Requirements A. Qualified to hold an appointment at the rank of full professor in an ACU academic
B. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through speaking and writing.
C. Demonstrated ability to multi-task diverse projects and work cooperatively with
Qualifications A. Earned doctorate. At least 10 years in higher education or commensurate experience
in a research setting at an organization such as NASA or a research lab is preferred.
At least 5 years in higher education administration is preferred.
B. Demonstrated success as a VPR (or Assistant VPR at another university) is
C. Strong record of scholarly and/or creative activities, including demonstrated success
in attracting support for research from public and private sources, preferably as a
principal investigator.
D. Demonstrated knowledge of research administration, management and compliance.
E. High ethical standards.
F. Excitement for leading faculty and academic leaders in setting research, scholarship
and creative activity agendas and for developing systems to facilitate external
partnerships to support those agendas.
Physical Demands A. Must be able to remain in a stationary position at least 50% of the time.
B. Frequently operates a computer and other office productivity machinery.
C. Frequently moves about to attend meetings and access files and office machinery.
D. The person in this position frequently communicates with faculty, senior leaders and
external constituents. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these
Additional Information

ACU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.


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