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Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation – University of Delaware

Education Executives
Newark, Delaware
Start date
Oct 13, 2023

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Administrative, Executive
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University of Delaware
Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation

The University of Delaware invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation. UD seeks a dynamic, highly accomplished and visionary leader to advance excellence in teaching, research and service initiatives across the School.
Reporting to UD President Dennis Assanis, the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation is charged with advancing and supporting UD’s research enterprise, which exceeds $237 million annually in externally funded projects (FY 2023). The Vice President will work closely with the Provost to promote and advance academic excellence and the standing of UD’s academic programs across each college and discipline. 
The Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation should have a deep understanding of the complexity of the research enterprise, with a commitment to support all types of research, scholarship, and discovery across the campus and provide equitable access to research opportunities in the physical sciences, social sciences, health sciences, arts, and humanities. An appreciation for the value of innovation, interdisciplinarity and cross-disciplinary endeavors is also important, as is an appreciation for different perspectives, approaches, and methods to advancing the University’s missions. 
Working with President Dennis Assanis, the Provost, UD senior leadership, Deans, Chairs and Directors, faculty, students, staff and alumni, the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation will play a key role during this unique time of exceptional growth and innovation for UD. The University’s mission and trajectory as a model 21st century research institution is guided by its strategic plan
The Vice President also plays a major role in shaping the future of the 272-acre Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus, enhances faculty innovation and entrepreneurship, directs our research efforts, with a mind toward equity, diversity, justice and inclusion, to have broad societal impact in multiple areas including economic development and job creation. As a significant driver of the Mid-Atlantic regional economy, UD has spurred more than $5.4 billion in economic activity annually throughout the Northeast Corridor and $3.2 billion of that in the state of Delaware alone. 
Additional information about the position and search are available on the Search Website and in the Position Description.
UD is located in Newark, Delaware, a suburban campus at the center of the Northeast corridor, within driving distance to Washington, D.C.; New York City; Philadelphia; and Baltimore. The campus combines elegant landscaping and classic Georgian architecture with modern, state-of-the-art teaching, research, performance and residential spaces.
Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately, and will continue until an appointment is made. The University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications. To be ensured of full consideration, interested individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae along with a bullet point summary of key accomplishments in each leadership role held. A cover letter is welcome, but optional. UD has retained Ilene H. Nagel, Steven R. Lerman, and Charles E. Kaler of Education Executives, LLC to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent via email to:

Ilene H. Nagel, Steven R. Lerman & Charles E. Kaler
Education Executives, LLC

The University of Delaware is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, veteran or disability status or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other applicable statutes. The Career Center at UD will work solely with employers that abide by the University’s equal opportunity standards.


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