The Regional Research Institute (RRI) at West Virginia University
is seeking applications for a Director. The Director of the
Regional Research Institute (RRI) provides intellectual leadership
to faculty and students engaged in basic and applied regional
research and fosters a stimulating environment that supports
interdisciplinary research. The Director has full budgetary
authority for the Institute including all related personnel
matters. The Director is responsible for ensuring that the
Institute effectively and efficiently carries out its many
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate
- Engage in the instructional mission of the University through
activities that can include sponsoring and conducting seminars and
workshops, providing research training and experience to graduate
students through involvement in funded research projects, offering
guest lectures, and sponsoring activities that supplement course
offerings and encourage student research.
- Initiate and collaborate in the preparation and submission of
external research funding proposals.
- Conduct high-quality scholarly research that maintains and
enhances WVU’s standing as an internationally recognized center of
excellence for regional science research; develop and maintain
analytic tools and skills for the conduct of basic research on
regional development; obtain competitively awarded external support
for their research and assist in seeking support for the research
of other faculty affiliated with the Institute both conceptually
and administratively; and make available results their personal
research by publishing in leading journals of regional
- Serve if and as requested on Research Office and
university-level committees. The Director is expected to maintain
high visibility within related professional organizations, to
participate in research communication activities including service
on editorial boards and as reviewer, to engage the regional
research community by advancing activities including seminars,
conferences, advanced short courses, visiting scholars, working
paper series, and other activities that contribute to a stimulating
scholarly environment. The Director is expected to:
- Create learning opportunities for faculty members and students
through numerous imaginative programs related to regional economic
and social development within Appalachia and abroad; sponsor
seminars, conferences, advanced short courses, visiting scholars,
working paper series, and other activities that contribute to a
stimulating scholarly environment.
- Serve as a center for regionally based research at West
Virginia University; promote multi-disciplinary, multi-university,
and international regional research; provide seed support and
stimulate externally funded regional research by faculty members
and students; create a collegial environment and forums for
- Oversee the development and enhancement of the RRI website and
the RRI publications available on the WVU Research Repository
website, which together provide valuable services to the regional
research community and enhance the visibility and reputation of the
Institute and the University.
- Develop support for research and other scholarly activities
from external sources to advance the mission of the Institute.
- Represent the RRI and WVU to the external regional research
community through participation in and service to regional research
oriented professional associations.
- The minimum educational requirement for this position is a
Ph.D. in a discipline related to regional research.
- Ten (10) years of experience in the following:
- Record of timely promotion and increasing responsibility
- Experience in team research settings and fostering
- Demonstrated ability to compete successfully for external
- The Director will have demonstrated innovative and energetic
leadership, strong administrative skills and excellence in
scholarship, a track record of success in obtaining external
funding, and the ability to work with faculty from diverse
disciplines and a variety of professional staff.
- The individual must be an articulate advocate and spokesperson
for the Regional Research Institute’s contribution to scholarly
activities and must be capable of leading the Institute to new
heights in its contributions to regional research and service.
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources
to create a better future for our state and the world. As West
Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch
each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on
15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten
experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in
Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in
Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley
— the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8
million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are
the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to
work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new
heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just
another mountain to climb.
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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity
employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender
equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff,
and students, and invites applications from all qualified
applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender
identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics,
disability, or Veteran status.