Vice President for Research - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington 99163

United States

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Vice President for Research
Pullman, Washington

Washington State University (WSU) seeks to hire an outstanding, strategic, energetic, talented, and collegial individual to provide institution-wide leadership for the University’s nationally and internationally renowned research enterprise. The individual hired will initiate and implement activities that further enhance the growing momentum and eminence of WSU in innovative and transformational research and scholarship across a wide range of academic disciplines and will foster creativity, rigor, intellectual curiosity, and synergies throughout the research enterprise.

Founded in 1890 in Pullman, WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens -- locally, nationally, and globally. As one of the nation’s premier, top-tier public research institutions, underscored by its Carnegie Foundation designation, WSU is unwaveringly committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. Washington State University has a current enrollment of approximately 27,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,300 faculty and staff. WSU offers 95 undergraduate degree programs and more than 100 study abroad programs in 91 countries around the world.

Closely aligned with the central research mission of the University, graduate education is a preeminent priority at WSU and emphasizes academic rigor, creativity, and independent thinking to produce the next generation of innovative researchers and influential leaders. With a graduate student enrollment of more than 3,500, WSU provides excellent opportunities to study in 66 master’s degree programs and 47 doctoral degree programs within the 11 colleges located in Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, as well as WSU’s global campus.

The Office of Research, under the direction of the Vice President for Research, oversees the research enterprise for the Washington State University system, including its four campuses, its research centers and research stations throughout the state, as well as 20 core labs and facilities on the Pullman campus. Among its large number of high quality and impactful research programs, WSU has exceptional research strengths in: Agricultural and Plant Sciences, Biological and Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Global Animal Health, and Environmental Sciences and Clean Energy Technologies. According to the National Science Foundation rankings (2009), WSU is ranked 69th among all universities and colleges in the United States for research and development expenditures; 57th among all public universities; and 18th among all universities without a medical school.

WSU is committed to its goal of achieving national and international preeminence in innovation, discovery, and creativity and enhancing its standing among the nation’s top land-grant, research institutions. In achieving this goal, emphasis is placed on collaboration and increasing public/private partnerships.

The Vice President for Research will have the opportunity to profoundly and significantly impact research, scholarship, and creative activities throughout the WSU system. The Vice President reports directly to the President and serves as the principal institutional research advisor to the President and the Provost, in addition to being a key member of the WSU leadership team.

The Vice President for Research will guide the University’s research mission and research-related strategic planning and direction; anticipate and promote research opportunities for faculty; uphold an institutional environment that fosters excellence in research and scholarship; develop financial strategies that support and benefit research; and assures legal compliance with proper and ethical research practices.

Washington State University seeks a visionary, strategic, and inclusive leader who is committed to the highest standards of research excellence, and will substantially advance the institution’s strategic research objectives. The ideal candidate will possess keen intellect, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse and geographically dispersed faculty to continually build and grow the institution’s research portfolio. Further, s/he will have the academic credentials, intellectual breadth and operational expertise to develop and implement research innovations, possess excellent problem solving skills, and ensure compliance with high ethical standards and statutory regulations. For the full description and list of desired qualifications, please visit

Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent in confidence to Isaacson/Miller, the search firm retained by WSU for this search, at the address below. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the search process has been completed. Electronic submission of applications and correspondence is strongly preferred.

Julie Filizetti and Sabrina Singh,
Isaacson, Miller
649 Mission Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-655-4911

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, Vietnam-era disabled veterans, persons with disabilities, and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

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