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Associate Dean for Research

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
Competitive Salary
Start date
Oct 3, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Dean for Research
East Carolina University
Vacancy #: 933605
Recruitment Range: $95,681 - $170,000
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview
East Carolina University (ECU,, a member of the University of North Carolina system, is committed to being a national model for student success, regional transformation and public service. Through education, research, health care, community engagement, cultural enrichment and more, ECU enhances the quality of life for our students, our state and our world, and is launching an exciting strategic plan for 2023–2028, Future focused – Innovation driven. ECU enrolls 28,000 students annually, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is classified as an R2-Doctoral/Research-intensive University and is located in Greenville, NC.

The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences (Harriot College, employs approximately 450 full-time faculty and staff, and the Dean’s Office oversees all budget, personnel and academic matters in its departments, interdisciplinary programs, centers, institutes, and auxiliary offices. Harriot College is home to 16 academic departments and offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. As the home of the liberal arts and sciences at ECU, we are united by our shared purposes, which include to impact our world and create solutions to help our environment, natural resources, and sustainability; understand issues and policies surrounding social justice and diversity; navigate our world to find common ground through culture and communication; and explore, research and discover how to change the face of technology and medicine. Harriot College is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning. Further, faculty and students in Harriot College have ample opportunity to collaborate across departments via college research centers including the Center for Survey Research ( and the Water Resources Center (, as well as across campus and into the community, allowing us to increase the impact of our academic, scholarly, creative, and engagement pursuits.

Job Duties              
The Associate Dean for Research serves as a critical member of the Harriot College Dean’s Office leadership team with the following key duties:


  1. The Associate Dean for Research (ADR) will be a collaborative leader who will facilitate and promote research and creative activity endeavors of the scholars in Harriot College in alignment with the university’s mission, especially by securing and leveraging extramural funding. The ADR will report directly to the dean on their performance of duties to support scholarly excellence, including but not limited to: Mentoring and supporting faculty in the development and achievement of research and creative activity goals; Guiding faculty in their pursuit of extramural support for discipline-based, creative, community-engaged, and other forms of scholarship; Fostering engaging, collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarly opportunities for the faculty across Harriot College and ECU; Showcasing the depth and breadth of scholarly achievements in Harriot College to ensure recognition and career advancement goals are enjoyed.

The ADR will ensure an effective research administration infrastructure is achieved and maintained to the benefit of faculty, staff, and students who engage in myriad research and creative activities in Harriot College. The ADR will supervise pre- and post-award research administrative staff, be responsible for their evaluations, and support them in continuous improvement and achieving job success. The ADR will ensure all operations comply with university, state, and other funding agency requirements. Additional duties include facilitating start-up packages and other budgetary and decision-making responsibilities related to facilities and administration, in close collaboration with the Harriot College Associate Deans for Resoure Management and for Planning.

The ADR will be an important partner to department chairs, ADRs across the university, and other personnel in ECU’s Office of Research, Economic Development, and Engagement; additionally, the ADR will serve as a critical liaison to offices including but not limited to Office for Faculty Excellence and Office for Equity and Diversity. As with all Harriot College leaders, the associate dean will collaborate with college leadership to achieve strategic goals; provide critical insight to the dean in the allocation of resources; participate in college-level searches for faculty and staff; and represent the dean’s office in a professional, ethical, transparent, and supportive manner. Similarly, all associate deans are expected to embrace, support, and promote the vibrant community of emerging and established scholars in the arts and sciences, especially at college, university, and community activities and events.

Minimum Education/Experience       
PhD or terminal degree as appropriate based on the discipline in a field included in or aligned with the liberal arts and sciences, and a successful history of research or creative activity with appropriate publication, recognition and support that would be commensurate with the rank of full professor in a THCAS department, as reviewed by the appropriate personnel committee.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education           

  • 5 years of prior experience in administrative leadership or in managing large research projects preferred Experience in research proposal writing and management of federal grants encompassing interdisciplinary research teams Experience in mentoring faculty at various stages of scholarly development and developing collaborative projects

Special Instructions to Applicant       

  • Candidates are required to submit a CV/resume, cover letter, list of references, and a 2 page leadership and vision statement incorporating administration and research approaches. Candidates selected for in-person interviews will be required to have 3 references submit official letters of reference through PeopleAdmin. Official transcripts and 3 official letters of reference are required upon employment. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Additional Instructions to Applicant
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Application Types Accepted
Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 933605 to ECU Human Resources at

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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