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Candidates for Vice President for Research must provide a cover letter, résumé, and references. Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected. 

For additional information, please contact Human Resources at (405) 325-4310.


The Vice President for Research is responsible for reaching across the university to develop and implement the university’s strategic research mission. This position is responsible for the development and dissemination of official policies in the research and creative activity arena, as well as the facilitation of faculty, student and staff scholarship in all disciplines represented on the Norman Campus and Norman campus programs at OU-Tulsa. The Vice President for Research coordinates with other administrators to identify funding for research and creative endeavors, both in and outside the university, and assists with the development and enhancement of research laboratories and facilities. The Vice President for Research reports to the President.

The University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive research university classified by the Carnegie Foundation in the highest tier of comprehensive research universities in the nation (R1: Doctoral Universities—Highest Research Activity).Norman’s Research Campus creates a dynamic environment with university researchers working in close proximity to private firms with over 700 private sector employees and more than a dozen companies in the vicinity.  


  • Elevate the strategic advancement and support of the research mission at the University of Oklahoma
  • Provide leadership, direction and management of the Office of the Vice President for Research, including fiscal oversight, policy, regulation and general administration
  • Work collaboratively to assist faculty across all disciplines in achieving their scholarly goals and the strategic mission of the research and creative activity enterprise
  • Develop and implement effective policies and processes to streamline and manage research
  • Cultivate and expand relationships with industry, government, and private foundations that support research
  • Ensure tight integration of instruction and research
  • Provide oversight for the entire sponsored award lifecycle from pre-award to post-award activities


  • An advanced degree is required
  • 5 years of experience with progressive leadership responsibility at a major research organization or university, with a focus on research development and support, is required
  • Service with national organizations relevant to providing input into research policy at the national level is preferred
  • Tenured full professor with international recognition as a scholar is preferred
  • At least five years of experience leading a research support office at a major university or large organization with a diverse research portfolio is preferred
  • Record of success in developing and implementing interdisciplinary, collaborative research strategies that lead to increased funding and support from government, nonprofit, and private sector entities. Experience outside of academia (industry research, national laboratories, military, nonprofit research entity, or government research lab) will be considered relevant and valuable.


  • Ability to share a vision of the scholarly enterprise with a broad university constituency and provide leadership in pursuing this vision
  • Ability to build teams for interdisciplinary research
  • Demonstrated history of affecting change
  • Understanding of the importance of compliance and regulatory matters to the research enterprise, and ability to develop an effective and efficient organization
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with research funding
  • Deep knowledge of and experience with research faculty affairs
  • Commitment to and ability to exercise leadership locally, at the state level, nationally, and internationally on scholarly and policy issues related to research
  • Ability to promote integration of the research and educational missions of the university
  • Ability to conduct himself/herself at the highest levels of personal and professional integrity and ethical standards at all times
  • Proven ability to coach, lead, develop, and inspire others to achieve their professional best

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