Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

  • Illinois State University
  • Illinois State University, North University Street, Normal, IL, USA
  • Oct 31, 2019
Full time   Grants, Sponsored Programs, Research Other Academic Administration & Affairs Other Executive

Job Description

Position Summary:

Illinois State University seeks a collaborative leader committed to the mission, vision, and values outlined in the University’s strategic plan to serve as Associate Vice President (AVP) for Research and Graduate Studies (AVP). The AVP reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and is responsible for providing leadership, planning and policy direction of the Research Office (including Intellectual Property, IRB, and IACUC), the Graduate School, Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology (CeMaST), and other interdisciplinary centers. The AVP will also provide leadership to the research enterprise (pre-award, proposal submission and acceptance, research ethics and compliance, Office of Student Research) and to the University's innovation and economic development efforts (startup incubator, ISU Hub of the Illinois Innovation Network).

The AVP will support Graduate School leadership to move graduate education in a direction congruent with the recently developed Graduate School Strategic Plan and champion the growth, development, quality, and continuation of graduate programs and graduate education. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong record of externally funded research, scholarship and/or creative activity, strong organizational and management skills, demonstrated skill in forming and strengthening collaborative relationships, experience and interest in securing financial resources from a variety of public and private sources and a specific understanding of the role of philanthropic giving in supporting a leading research institution, a record of achieving goals and of leveraging diverse resources to achieve innovative results.



Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  1. Doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree.
  2. A record of research and teaching commensurate with an appointment as a tenured full professor in one of the University's departments.
  3. Current member of graduate faculty (or eligible for membership), a minimum of 5 years' experience teaching graduate courses and scholarly productivity involving graduate students.
  4. At least five (5) years administrative experience in higher education.
  5. Knowledge of federal reporting requirements and policies that govern research accountability and guide the fiduciary requirements of grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.
  6. Successful experience in budget management and in planning.
  7. A demonstrated ability and willingness to work well with others and to promote a community of diversity in a decentralized shared governance environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Ability to create a well-functioning infrastructure in support of interdisciplinary research.
  2. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, management oversight, and strategic direction with first-hand experience in research and an excellent grasp of the operational details typical of a research environment.
  3. An engaging communications style with a record of building relationships across a wide range of stakeholders and constituent groups.
  4. Experience mentoring a graduate final project (e.g. thesis or dissertation)
  5. Experience in procuring external funding and knowledge of agencies across a range of disciplines.


Application Details

Application Process:

We invite inquiries, nominations, and applications.  Initial review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and a reference list of at least five (5) professional references and contact information. References will not be contacted without prior permission from the finalists. These materials should be submitted electronically via Illinois State University’s application portal. The direct link to apply is as follows: Questions and nominations may be directed to Lisa Mason, Director for Executive Search Services, at or 309-438-7487.

Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions.

Illinois State University:

Founded in 1857, Illinois State is a coeducational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study. Its six colleges offer approximately 160 undergraduate majors, 91 master’s programs, 14 doctoral degrees, and 30 certificate options.  Illinois State was named a 2019 Top 100 Public University based on U.S. News & World Report rankings and has repeatedly been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Bloomington-Normal Community:

Illinois State University is located in the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal, with a population of approximately 132,000 and is located within easy driving distance of the financial and business centers in Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, and traffic and commute.


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