The University of Missouri
School of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for
A strategic futurist leader, with a national/international
research network, driven to innovate and grow, with a focus on
results describes the next Senior Associate Dean for Research
(SADR) at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health
Affairs/Dean, this leader will have a unique career opportunity to
lead the growth of laboratory, clinical and health services
research that will ultimately be translated into improving health
and saving lives.
The SADR will create an environment that will offer faculty the
opportunity to focus on scholarly and creative activities that
significantly advance research programs and help them and their
teams make notable contributions to their respective fields and to
medicine. This individual will create strategic initiatives to
drive creative and scholarly works; develop and identify
opportunities for interdisciplinary research across the campus,
including the UM System’s NextGen Precision Health Initiative;
build collaborations across all disciplines; coordinate faculty
recruitment in strategic areas of biomedical research; and drive
strategic initiatives to further MU’s research mission as a member
of the Association of American Universities (AAU).
The SADR will provide strategic, tactical, and operations
leadership of the research enterprise in the School of Medicine and
across the academic health system. Key performance responsibilities
include: recruiting new faculty and supporting the infrastructure
to enable faculty success in research as measured by grant funding
and impactful research; working with the campus
Office of Research and Economic Development to identify and
optimize resources needed for successful research (i.e., vivarium
clinical research units, biorepository, bioinformatics, etc.);
collaborating with research leaders on the MU campus, working
across schools to ensure access to core facilities, shared research
equipment, and jointly hire faculty; facilitating the startup and
support for federal research and training grants; and strategic
hiring into identified areas of strength and/or opportunity.
The SADR will also collaborate with department chairs to
identify laboratory space and equipment for new faculty and will
monitor the effective use of space, primarily using current funding
as a metric, and reallocate as needed.
Building on a doubling of AAU Phase 1 awards over the last four
years, this leader will continue growing research along the entire
translational continuum. MU School of Medicine has a strong
partnership with MU Health Care, a $1.4 billion clinical enterprise
that is collocated on the AAU member and flagship campus of the
University of Missouri System in Columbia, MO. We recently
opened the 250,000 sq ft Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health
building with state-of-the-art laboratory, imaging, and clinical
research unit space and launched the Mizzou Forward initiative that
commits $1.5 billion towards research faculty recruitment. Under
the direction of the EVCHA/Dean, the SADR will work closely with
the Vice-Chancellor for Research and the Provost’s office and play
an integral role in assisting the EVCHA/Dean and department chairs
in recruitment, ensuring that research expectations and resources
In addition to the recruitment of experienced and junior
researchers, the SADR will act as the chief research ambassador,
and proactively build alliances across departments, schools,
colleges, corporations, and communities, have strong communication,
facilitation, and team science skills, value diversity, and deliver
results year after year.
The SADR will assist department chairs in monitoring faculty
research productivity and provide annual metrics for faculty and
departmental evaluations. The SADR will develop and administer
pilot grant and bridging grant programs for the SOM. The SADR
will work closely with the Washington University ICTS (of which MU
is a partner) and facilitate access to all research resources
across the UM System and Washington University along with its other
ICTS partners. When appropriate, the SADR will also assist the
existing partnership with Washington University Siteman Cancer
Center, an NCI-designated Cancer Center, to facilitate
cancer-related research. The SADR will develop and maintain a
system to make SOM faculty aware of external and internal funding
opportunities and take responsibility to develop and maintain
research education opportunities for faculty and staff.
The SADR will report to the EVCHA/Dean and will have as direct
reports, associate research deans, the administrator director of
the research office, and related administrative staff.
Founded in 1839, MU is a research one (R1) university and one of
only 34 public institutions in the prestigious AAU. The state’s
largest university, Mizzou offers more than 300 degrees and
certificates to nearly 31,000 students, including nearly 6,000
graduate students and almost 1,200 professional students, and
employs more than 13,000 people including more than 2,000 faculty.
As a land-grant institution, Mizzou also maintains the state’s
Extension and Engagement Program, providing access to the
university’s resources and expertise in all 114 Missouri
The School of Medicine has over 500 students, 450 residents
and fellows, and nearly 1000 faculty members. MU Health is a
robust, successful clinical and research medical enterprise,
including the School of Medicine and the University of Missouri Health
Care, the leading health care provider in mid-Missouri.
MU is increasing research expenditures and enhance economic
development from discoveries and innovation. A robust
infrastructure of core
facilities and research
centers exists, offering researchers shared resources to
elevate their scholarship. This includes the
Research Reactor, the most powerful university research
reactor in the United States. In the past 5 years, 16 Mizzou
startup companies were created with MU licensed technologies and
companies signed 200 license and option agreements generating
profound impacts on local and state economies. The UM
System’s number one capital priority is a research-intensive
collaboration, the NextGen Precision Health
initiative, that is focused on developing the breakthrough
research needed to facilitate essential advances in neuroscience,
cardiometabolic disease, infection disease, reproductive health,
The City of
Columbia, home of the University of Missouri, has been
consistently rated as one of the most desirable places to live and
work in the United States. This college city of 113,000+ residents
has the best of both worlds – small-town convenience and warmth
with urban sophistication and amenities. Located halfway between
St. Louis and Kansas City, the city boasts affordable housing,
moderate cost of living, diverse cultural and economic
opportunities, and excellent public schools.
- MD, Ph.D., or equivalent with tenured faculty status.
Candidates will be evaluated on:
- Experience as a research investigator who has or has had
substantial NIH or equivalent federal funding.
- Extensive experience leading research in an academic or
research institute environment.
- Research experience across the translational research
- Cover letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- A one-page summary of research administration and related
- A two-page plan describing how the key performance
responsibilities of this position will advance UM’s research
- The University of Missouri values diversity and is committed to
working towards achieving equity and inclusion within all its
programs. Candidates applying for this position are required to
provide a statement addressing how they would utilize their
experience and knowledge to promote diversity and inclusion at the
university and how that commitment would add value to the
University of Missouri.
- Names and contact information for three references.
The University anticipates this appointment starting in the
summer or early fall of 2022. Review of applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the position is filled.