The University of Mississippi invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Center for Research Evaluation (CERE). CERE is the university’s primary research evaluation unit on campus and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs.  CERE has experienced significant growth in recent years and is looking for a director to continue this growth.  CERE currently has an active ongoing portfolio of external funding from national and state funding agencies, private foundations, as well as working with a diverse set of research groups on campus.  A director with a strong social/behavioral research methodology background, successful experience writing and managing grants, administrative management experience, strong communication skills, including the ability to work with a broad variety of stakeholders, and enthusiasm for collaborative evaluation research is sought to lead the center.  The incumbent would oversee all grants and operations of the center and would work to promote the growth and status of CERE on campus, statewide, and nationally.  The center is predominately self-supported with external grants and contracts.  The position is a full-time appointment, and if appropriate, the successful candidate will be considered for tenure and appointment at the appropriate rank in an academic department.

Responsibilities include:

  • Directing all aspects of the center’s efforts, including research and evaluation design and implementation for projects within CERE
  • Develop and update logic models and theories of change, data collection protocol, work plans, and timelines
  • Work closely with external evaluation partners to develop and implement evaluation plans
  • Supervision of staff, consultants, and graduate assistants
  • Conducting mixed methods evaluations
  • Effective communication with external and internal stakeholders; and responsibility for all project reports and deliverables
  • Extensive background in social/behavioral research and program evaluation, including familiarity with processes involved in various national grant programs such as NSF, NIH, and NEH, as well as private foundations is considered essential to the continued growth of CERE

Qualifications Include:

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in relevant field
  • At least (3) three years in a leadership and/or supervisory role
  • An established history of research, scholarship, and publication
  • Management and organizational skills, including staff supervision, managing multiple projects simultaneously for different stakeholders, and time management to prioritize and meet project deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills (both oral and written), and team-building skills
  • Strong understanding of statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS, Stata) and survey software (e.g., Qualtrics, Survey Monkey)


One hundred seventy years after opening its doors as the state’s flagship university, The University of Mississippi (UM) is a growing, vibrant research institution that offers nationally ranked academic and research programs. In 2017, UM initiated Flagship Constellations, including Community Wellbeing, Disaster Resilience, Brain Wellness, and Big Data, which are designed to bring together a wide range of faculty from across campus and to recruit new faculty to address some of the most difficult and complex problems facing our nation and world. For eight consecutive years, UM has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. UM is committed to increasing the diversity of the University. UM was named the state’s healthiest workplace among all Mississippi colleges and universities and offers wellness programs. UM’s main campus is located in Oxford, in the rolling hills of north Mississippi 70 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. A city of approximately 23,000 residents, Oxford is a vibrant university town with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants, and historic landmarks.


The Search Advisory Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to June 3, 2018.

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-804-1996 ext. 109 ||

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons.  The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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