Portland State University (PSU) seeks a Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies (VP for RGS) to expand PSU's research capacity and increase the impact of the University's scholarly and creative work on a local, national, and global scale. The following units report directly to the VP for RGS: Sponsored Projects Administration, Research Integrity & Compliance, the Graduate School, which oversees graduate studies at PSU, and Propel PSU, which includes the Innovation & Intellectual Property unit (PSU's technology transfer and patent agreements office), PSU's Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Portland State Business Accelerator. Six University Centers and Institutes also report directly to the VP for Research & Graduate Studies: The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), the Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative (HRAC), the Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research (CIMR), the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS), the Digital City Testbed Center (DCTC), and the Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication (CEMN).
With about $60 million in annual research expenditures, PSU has grown over the past 20 years into a thriving urban-serving research university with notable strengths in the areas of education, sustainability, health and life sciences, engineering, urban planning, visual, performing and built arts, and social work. Working with a dedicated research administration team and with the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the VP for RGS will further forge PSU's identity as a nationally and internationally renowned research university. The VP for RGS will accomplish this goal by strengthening and refining relationships, as well as an administrative infrastructure that promotes cutting-edge research and scholarship while reducing the burden of grants administration on faculty. The VPR will also work closely with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the deans of the schools and colleges, and with individual faculty members across campus, to promote a culture that rewards, incentivizes, and invests in high-impact scholarly and creative activities.
Expanding research, scholarship and creative work is a core strategic goal of the University, particularly as it enhances and supports equity and inclusion, student success, and service to the City of Portland. The new VP for RGS will oversee the development of a strategic plan for research at PSU that includes expanding opportunities for partnership and collaboration with OHSU, other Oregon universities, and global partner institutions. Ideally, this plan will also foster cross-disciplinary research work that stimulates and incentivizes faculty creativity, and it will support technology transfer and other means of bringing innovations developed at PSU beyond the University. In alignment with the University's strategic priorities, the VP for RGS will also implement effective measures to increase the diversity of the RGS department's staff, advance racial equity and equity in research practice at PSU, and advance public-impact research and community-engaged research, including that which fosters equity and justice in the Portland region.
In addition to this critical work within PSU and the Portland Metro Area, the VP for RGS works with the Government Relations staff at PSU and the Vice Presidents for Research at other major research universities in Oregon to highlight the essential ways in which research, scholarship, and creative activities contribute to Oregon's vibrant, thriving economy, and to its cultural well-being.
The successful candidate will have relevant leadership experience with a proven track record of advancing academic research. The individual selected for this role will also have a distinguished personal record of scholarship / funded research and an understanding of the need to promote and foster research interests in others.
Competitive candidates will also possess:
The ability, with the faculty and other leaders, to voice a strategic research vision for PSU and to develop and realize a plan to achieve it, carefully informed by information and insights gathered from the faculty and staff familiar with PSU's needs, operations, limitations, and potential
Significant leadership, management, and financial experience in higher education or similar research environments
Experience building research relationships in federal, industrial, and institutional environments, as well as with civic organizations and/or community groups
Awareness of diverse forms of scholarship and creative activity, including STEM fields, social sciences, arts and humanities, and management-related fields, and a willingness to develop innovative support for them
An understanding of multi-dimensional metrics that support research missions across a variety of disciplines
Experience in planning, growing, and diversifying research and the graduate population, while fostering and promoting inclusion of women and historically underrepresented groups
A demonstrated capacity to create interdisciplinary partnerships and develop infrastructure with multiple constituencies to support research aspirations and initiatives
Experience promoting and implementing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations governing research
Respect for, and engagement with, faculty and staff, coupled with a commitment to attract and retain faculty and staff who enhance excellence and diversity at PSU
Outstanding communication skills and an engaging style of leadership that includes strong interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to lead by consensus and with a level of transparency and discretion
The ability to articulate PSU's research vision, goals, accomplishments, and needs to a broad range of external constituencies, including alumni, academic, government representatives, and the business and industrial communities;
Experience in fostering an environment that encourages and celebrates differences
The ability to communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds
The ability to recognize and assist with the needs of various stakeholders, including research-based and non-research-based graduate students
Impeccable personal and professional integrity
EDUCATION The VPR must possess an earned doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree.
Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy. Engagement describes Portland State's collaborative approach to the exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community. As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President's... Strategic Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and the preparation of it students as world citizens. For more information visit http://www.pdx.edu/about-portland-state