The Vice President for Research (VPR) reports to the University
President and is administratively based on the Rootstown campus.
S/he is responsible for providing leadership and direction in the
development and implementation of all research activities and the
infrastructure to support them. S/he represents the office both
internally to the University administration and faculty and
externally to various stakeholders. The VPR serves as a member of
the University’s leadership through active participation on the
senior executive management team and in various institutional
planning, implementation, and evaluation activities. The VPR also
provides overall leadership to the working groups supporting the
goal of the Discovery Pillar of the University’s Strategic
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is a public health
sciences university composed of three Colleges: Medicine, Pharmacy,
and Graduate Studies. We are a graduate and professional degree
university with a student enrollment of approximately 1,050 and
growing. We currently support the following degree programs: Doctor
of Medicine, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Philosophy, and master’s
degrees in Public Health, Fundamentals in Medicine, Medical Ethics
and Humanities, Leadership and Health Systems Sciences and Medical
Sciences in Anesthesia (CAA). Our academic campus is headquartered
in Rootstown, Ohio, approximately 18 miles east of Akron, Ohio. We
are closely partnered with several of the nation’s top health care
systems including Akron Children’s Hospital, Summa Health System,
University Hospitals Health System, the Cleveland Clinic, Bon
Secours Mercy Health and Aultman Hospital.
We are nationally and internationally recognized for research
excellence in our core research focus areas (RFA). We are currently
ranked in the top 12% of all Blueridge Institute ranked research
organizations with approximately $20 million in sponsored research
activities. Our six research focus areas are 1) Health Services
Research 2) Neurodegenerative Diseases & Aging 3) Hearing
Research 4) Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism 5) Heart & Blood
Vessel Disease and 6) Musculoskeletal Research.
This is a transformative time at NEOMED with pursuit of integrated
clinical partnerships with our major academic medical affiliates
(Akron Children’s Hospital, Summa Health System, University
Hospitals Health System), growth of our research enterprise with a
greater focus on translational research and health services
research, growth of our college educational offerings, and
expansion of our technology commercialization resources. The new
Vice President for Research will work with the President to lead
the integration and expansion of translational research with our
major academic medical affiliates, develop stronger
interinstitutional collaborations between research faculty and
staff and improve the impact and prestige of all affiliated
institutions as well as NEOMED
We are seeking an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative leader to
join the NEOMED team in pursuit of our mission and vision for the
MISSION—NEOMED harnesses diversity, innovation, and collaboration
to create transformative leaders and improve health through
education, discovery and service.
VISION—To be the model of excellence in innovative education and
impactful research to create transformational health care leaders
CORE VALUES—NEOMED incorporates the following values in all that we
Leadership | Excellence | Advocacy | Diversity | Equity |
Northeast Ohio Medical University is an AA/EEO Employer. The
university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity
and inclusion and to maintaining working and learning environments
that are free from all forms of discrimination. Women, individuals
with disabilities, veterans and minorities are strongly encouraged
Location: Rootstown, OH
Benefits Offerings: https://www.neomed.edu/hr/benefits/
Principal Functional Responsibilities
- Leads the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) to
provide research, research development and support technology
transfer services for the institutional community. This includes
both pre-award and post-award functions.
- Ensures appropriate functioning of critical research support
units and regulatory functions including Human Research
Protection/Institutional Review Board oversight and
- Oversight and leadership of animal welfare functions including
IACUC and Comparative Medicine Unit (CMU) and USDA/AAALAC
compliance. Serves as the Institutional Official.
- Oversight of Environmental Health and Safety to include
biosafety and radiation regulation and compliance.
- Oversight of grants accounting function, regulation, and
- Establishing and managing ORSP indirect rates (facilities and
administrative costs) for federally sponsored research and other
- Provides ongoing direction of research visioning efforts and
oversight of emerging and established research focus areas.
- Serves as the primary research liaison from the university to
health systems, universities, health departments, and outside
- Oversees all research facilities and space allocation.
- Develops and implements activities designed to foster
collaborative research programs across the Colleges and among the
major academic medical affiliates, including, but not limited to,
providing leadership for translational research development
- Works with the Office of Faculty Affairs and the department
chairs to develop and implement faculty and staff development
programs in research-related areas.
- Works with the General Counsel’s office to support intellectual
property disclosure, protection and licensing.
- Oversees personnel and function of the REDIzone (Research,
Entrepreneurship, Discovery, Innovation zone); supports faculty
- Oversees annual Student Research Fellowship Program and Student
- Participates in personnel and budgetary decisions relating to
research and sponsored programs and assists with the development of
the institution’s general operating and capital budget requests,
including equipment service contracts
- Serves as a member of Graduate Faculty Council and other
appropriate committees, including Conflict of Interest,
Intellectual Properties and Research Committees.
- Serves as a member of various local, state, and national
- Engage, stimulate, and support student research endeavors.
- Promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and
- Provides research mentorship to faculty and students.
- Serves as the Research Integrity Officer for the research
- Provides direction, resources, and oversight to help ensure
that allegations of research misconduct are managed in accordance
with federal regulations and University and sponsoring agency
policies and procedures.
- Oversees the conflicts of interest appeals process and monitors
compliance with approved Disclosure Review Committee (DRC)
financial conflict of interest management strategies.
- Fulfills other duties as requested by the President.
- An advanced degree is required with preference for M.D./Ph.D.,
Ph.D., Pharm.D. or M.D. degrees.
- Postdoctoral training in a research-intensive environment.
- 5 years of progressive leadership responsibility at an academic
health center or biomedical research institute is required.
- Recognition as a scholar is required, with preference for
achievements in research to obtain appointment as a tenured
associate or full professor.
Experience: Significant relevant
experience in higher education with a specific emphasis in
research; significant experience in an administrative position with
duties and responsibilities for academic and fiscal management; a
demonstrated track record of accomplishment in medical or
biomedical research; evidence of success in progressive leadership
roles in academic administration; and demonstrated ability to build
collaborative ventures and forge partnerships. The ideal candidate
should have a strong understanding of the needs of faculty
performing basic science research, translational research, clinical
research, and health services research.