Vice President of Research, Knowledge Enterprise

  • Arizona State University
  • Tempe, AZ, USA
  • Aug 03, 2021
Full time Grants, Sponsored Programs, Research Vice President/Associate/Assistant VP Other Executive

Job Description


Vice President of Research, Knowledge Enterprise

Arizona State University: Office of the Executive Vice President Knowledge Enterprise



Tempe, AZ


Open Date

Jul 23, 2021



Arizona State University (ASU) is one of the largest providers of life-long learning in the world (additional information here). Our spirit of innovation permeates the collaborative work of our students, faculty and staff, with entrepreneurship encouraged across all facets of the university.

Building on a legacy of excellence, ASU has rapidly expanded its research enterprise. In just 10 years, the university has more than tripled its growth to $673M in research expenditures (2020 NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey) and is recognized as one of the fastest-growing research universities in the United States.


As a model of the New American University, under the vision of President Michael Crow, the Knowledge Enterprise works alongside the Academic Enterprise and the Learning Enterprise. Leveraging the deep capacity available among faculty, staff, and students, Knowledge Enterprise drives innovation and collaboration across core research facilities, corporate engagement and strategic partnerships, economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation, innovation zones, international development, research institutes, and technology transfer at the university.

Under the direction of the Executive Vice President, and in close partnership with the Chief Science and Technology Officer, the Vice President of Research serves as an integral part of advancing the research agenda of the Knowledge Enterprise at ASU and is an essential member of the university leadership. The successful applicant will be a:

  • Strategic and executive level decision maker
  • Cooperative and respectful manager of institutional investments and personnel
  • Curious and collaborative leader who inspires and supports action by others


Essential Duties:

Vision and Leadership

  • Advance strategies to grow and diversify research expenditures from federal, state and philanthropic sources.
  • Develop recommendations on investment strategies to advance key research areas.
  • Evaluate research areas and associated capacity across the University for alignment with funding opportunities and advise on the pursuit of those opportunities.
  • Work in partnership with the academic unit Associate Deans of Research to support articulation and achievement of their research goals.
  • Develop and execute an inclusive strategy to maximize the research productivity of faculty at all levels of the university.
  • Serve as a contributing member of the ASU faculty, including individual research and teaching responsibilities.


  • Support academic unit recruitment of faculty to advance research initiatives.
  • Collaborate with units within Knowledge Enterprise and across the University to advance research goals.
  • Leverage ASU assets in Washington, D.C. to maximize success in advancing the research aspirations of ASU faculty.
  • Represent the University to external constituents including corporate, international, and clinical partners.
  • Interface with Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona to advance state tri-university research initiatives.

Managerial and Operational

  • Strategize and advance space allocation decisions with key stakeholders.
  • Oversee research centers and support units.
  • Supervise pre- and post-award services.
  • Serve as ASU’s research integrity officer.
  • Supervise and develop research policy and procedures.


Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to articulate a vision for ASU’s research mission.
  • Demonstrated respect and experience across multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead diverse and equitable teams.
  • Experience in working across academic units to achieve research outcomes.
  • Experience with federal agencies and funding mechanisms.
  • Familiarity with diverse donors including philanthropic, international, and corporate.
  • Knowledge of business development practices and financial principles in research.
  • Experience with research compliance and regulation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and administrative leadership managing faculty and staff.
  • Skill in development and delivery of presentations and public speaking engagements.





Preferred and Required Qualifications


Minimum Qualifications:

PhD or similar terminal degree, achievement in research and scholarship to meet the requirements for obtaining tenure and appointment as a full professor, and eight (8) years previous experience in a senior management role with responsibility for development and execution of strategic operational initiatives. Or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.

Application Details


Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be submitted at and must contain:

  1. a detailed cover letter that includes a description of the applicant's research and teaching interests and administrative experience (limited to 4 pages);
  2. a current Curriculum Vitae; and
  3. complete contact information for three professional references (include name, title, affiliation, e-mail address, phone number). Note: references will only be checked for finalists and in coordination with those candidates.

Review of applications will begin August 23, 2021 and, if not filled, a subsequent review will occur every Friday thereafter until the search is closed. Official transcripts and a background check are required for employment.

For questions, please email and include "Vice President of Research, Knowledge Enterprise" in the subject line.


Application Process

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A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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