The University of Mississippi ( invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs.


One hundred seventy years after opening its doors as the state’s flagship university, the University of Mississippi is a growing, vibrant institution that offers nationally ranked academic and research programs.  In the past 10 years, the university has produced three Truman, three Goldwater and fourteen Fulbright scholars, plus one Rhodes, one Mitchell, two Gates, and two Udall Scholars. The state’s first public university to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the university attracts promising young scholars with a variety of outstanding academic programs, including the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.  Ranked among the nation’s top public research universities by several measures, the university is home to more than 30 research centers.  The University of Mississippi’s main campus is located in Oxford ( in the rolling hills of north Mississippi 80 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee.  A city of approximately 19,000 residents, Oxford is a vibrant university town filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants, and historic landmarks. The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie-designated Highest Research Activity university.  In 2017, the University of Mississippi initiated Flagship Constellations, which are designed to bring together a wide range of faculty from across campus to address some of the most difficult and complex problems facing our nation and world.  


Serving as the chief research officer, this role is dedicated to serving the university’s research mission and ensuring quality, impact, student engagement, competitiveness, innovation, and leadership in research. The Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs has oversight of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Technology Management, Research Integrity and Compliance, Research Development, and four Institutes and Centers. The VC for Research and Sponsored Programs will be responsible for facilitating the cross-disciplinary Flagship Constellations to solve key grand challenges.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs creates and maintains the optimum environment for the university community to achieve excellence in research, scholarship, and the dissemination of knowledge. This is done so by working to:

  • Proactively grow the university's research and scholarship and enhance its dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of society;
  • Ensure ethical and responsible conduct of research and good stewardship of resources;
  • Represent the research and scholarly goals, priorities, interests, and concerns of the University community. 

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs’ major responsibilities include:

  • Articulate and champion the university’s mission, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research;
  • Identify, develop, and implement innovative, collaborative and strategic initiatives;
  • Lead campus activities related to acceleration of technology transfer and commercialization;
  • Advocate for resources to advance the university’s research opportunities;
  • Ensure regulatory compliance as it relates to research;
  • Pursue and promote, in collaboration with the University’s Office of University Relations, federal and state support for strategic research initiatives;
  • Engage Directors of Institutes and Centers in key discussions regarding strategic and facilities planning and future research direction and funding;
  • Develop interactions with academic colleges to position the Institutes/Centers favorably in university-wide planning;
  • Interact with other chief research officers and leaders in the state on strategic research opportunities.

The successful candidate should possess an earned terminal degree and strong evidence of scholarly, professional, or creative achievement in their field commensurate for a faculty appointment within the university.  In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Visionary leadership and management skills necessary to articulate a strong vision for the university’s research mission and drive growth of scholarship, research, and creative activity to maintain R1 research status;
  • Commitment to the role of research in graduate and undergraduate education;
  • Ability to create synergies across campuses, including with their counterpart, the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi;
  • Establish record of creating and/or growing a nationally known research program;
  • Broad knowledge and experience in directing federally sponsored programs, technology transfer, and commercialization of research;
  • Demonstrated success as an entrepreneurial collaborator and relationship builder among a broad range of diverse individuals and groups to achieve results;
  • Strong communication skills to represent the university to internal and external audiences, including federal, state, non-profit foundations, and corporate entities for the purpose of enhancing the research enterprise.


The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to July 9, 2018. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Committee and/or hiring authority. Please send materials to the following:

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President |
Phone:  770-804-1996 ext: 109   Fax:  770-804-1917

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