The College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) at the
University of Chicago invites applications for the position of
Deputy Director of Undergraduate Research and Assistant
Dean. The position is responsible for leading the CCRF’s
efforts in growing and advancing undergraduate research
opportunities, research-related programming, and initiatives at the
University of Chicago. The Deputy Director will serve as the unit
and collegiate lead for all undergraduate research activities
supported by the University and other units, as appropriate. The
Deputy Director will lead the development and maintenance of
sustainable undergraduate research programs indicative of the
institution’s commitment to raising awareness about undergraduate
research across disciplines, facilitating research experiences for
undergraduates, and celebrating research achievements of both
students and their faculty mentors. The Deputy Director must have
an innovative vision for undergraduate research, including
advancing opportunities for underrepresented student populations.
They must also possess exceptional higher education administrative
acumen with demonstrable experience in undergraduate research. The
Deputy Director will report to Executive Director of the CCRF and
supervise a full-time assistant director for undergraduate
research, as well as share in the supervision responsibilities of
the CCRF Program Manager. They will also contribute to the
strategic advancement of the entire unit as a member of its senior
leadership team, helping to advance the growth, reach, and impact
of the College Center for Research and Fellowships and its role in
the academic and scholarly life of the College and University.
A complete position description and application
instructions are available online: https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/External/job/Hyde-Park-Campus/Deputy-Director-of-Undergraduate-Research-and-Assistant-Dean_JR12475
- Provides strategic leadership and oversight of the research
operations of the CCRF including managing research staff, their
professional development, and all research activities and
- Leads unit efforts in the design and execution of new
undergraduate research programs, including summer research
programs, EIP programs, and other research opportunities responsive
to the unique research culture at the University of Chicago.
Manages and refines academic year and summer undergraduate research
opportunities and programs; international research programs;
enrichment programming; comprehensive research grant program and
conference travel grants program.
- Partners with faculty and departments to promote and recruit
for existing research opportunities and aid in the development of
new opportunities; works across disciplines to develop funding
sources to broaden and diversify student and faculty participation
in undergraduate research and creative inquiry.
- Partners closely with UChicago faculty across all disciplines
to increase student engagement in undergraduate research with
emphasis on traditionally underrepresented students.
- Serves as the unit liaison to the Social Sciences Division,
which has seen a rapid growth in demand for undergraduate research;
works closely with the appointed Deputy Dean of the Social Sciences
Collegiate Division to support and advance their undergraduate
research priorities; provides additional leadership and support for
- Manages CCRF research staff in their efforts to support
research programming, particularly in STEM disciplines and supports
their work with the Deputy Deans of the Physical Sciences and
Biological Sciences Collegiate Divisions.
- Develops and supports research opportunities focused on
engagement and retention of underrepresented populations in
undergraduate research across all divisions; partners with
UChicago’s Leadership Alliance program, the Odyssey Scholars
program team, and the College Center for Student Success to
increase participation in research activities.
- Collaborates with the Executive Director in providing key
administrative leadership for CCRF’s flagship research programs
including the College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities, and
Social Sciences (CSI), the Straetz International Research Scholars
program, the IJRA Program with the University of Sussex, and serves
as the principal unit lead for the annual University of Chicago
Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- Collaborates with College Communications, the University News
Office, and departments to develop suitable newsletter, media,
publicity events, publications, and web content to publicize and
promote undergraduate research efforts and achievements.
- Designs and teaches research literacy courses, including but
not limited to ethical conduct of research, health and safety
training, IRB processes, and other best practices;
discipline-specific training (tools, systems, data collection); and
their research communication skills.
- Partners with the University Library and Institutional Review
Board Office (IRB) to develop and implement instructional
opportunities and tools for information literacy and formal ethics
- Organizes and facilitates information sessions for early career
students to increase a) their awareness of undergraduate research
opportunities on/off campus and b) grants programs to fund their
- Develops a formal undergraduate research mentor training
program for faculty and graduate student mentors.
- Administers high-impact, developmental advising to
undergraduates across all disciplines interested in pursuing
research in the individual advising context and in instructional
environments; provides writing and editorial support for grant
applications and research abstracts.
- Provides unit oversight for its comprehensive undergraduate
research grant program: academic year grants for students and
faculty; summer grants for students; and its international research
- Works closely with faculty, students, administrators, and
senior leadership to promote, facilitate, monitor, document, and/or
evaluate undergraduate research across the University; maintains
and updates current inventory of undergraduate research on a
regular basis; tracks student engagement in research to determine
lasting influence of undergraduate research engagement; and uses
assessment data tools to improve UGR programming. Develops new
policies as relevant in partnership with the University Research
Administration and divisional deans. Effectively assesses CCRF
programs for quality enhancement purposes.
- Maintains a professional identity and highly visible presence
for the CCRF undergraduate research enterprise and actively
promotes undergraduate research among faculty, staff, and students;
this includes public speaking to a variety of constituents
including students, parents, faculty, senior university leadership,
- Chairs a variety of CCRF research grant selection committees.
Serves on committees relevant to the CCRF’s fellowships operations
and those relevant to the University’s research infrastructure;
works with the University’s Office of Research to establish
policies and best practices for undergraduate research.
- Active engagement with the Council for Undergraduate Research
(CUR); attends and presents at national and regional conferences;
remains well-informed of national trends related to undergraduate
research to inform undergraduate research programming and support
at the University of Chicago.
- Seeks, applies, and secures national grants to support
undergraduate research activities at the University; collaborates
with faculty and administration to seek internal and external
funding to support undergraduate research.
- Explores and develops techniques for continued collaboration
across the CCRF’s functional areas (national fellowships, scholars’
programming, and undergraduate research).
- Embraces and appreciates the diversity of UChicago
- Leads and participates in all aspects of program/services
development and implementation.
- Forms collaborative relationships with campus partners
including faculty, lecturers, postdocs, and graduate
- Prior experience in research mentoring, developmental advising,
- Prior full-time experience in undergraduate research program
- Demonstrable experience in technical writing, professional or
technical communication or editing and/or a position that included
proposal/grant writing and/or appropriate undergraduate degree or
emphasis area (e.g., English, Scientific or Technical Writing,
- Progressively responsible administrative experience.
- Background with program design, implementation, and management;
organizing large symposia and research events.
- Expertise providing instruction on undergraduate research
skills building, as well as creating, facilitating, and delivering
information sessions and workshops about various research grant
programs, summer research opportunities, and research communication
- Strong leadership and managerial skills.
- Skilled in developing undergraduate research best practices and
- Adept at utilizing current educational assessment tools to
survey research experiences and use to propose quality enhancement
- Research and publication record commensurate with