The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Initiatives (AVCRII). Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research, this position will lead campus efforts to develop and strengthen the research culture; to increase the capacity of, and productivity in, transdisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative activity across all disciplines; and to pinpoint emerging trends, growth areas and new opportunities in strategically important research areas by elevating our ability to capture research intelligence related to the external funding environment.
The University and Region UTK is the state's flagship, land-grant university. We are a Carnegie doctoral research (R1) university housing 11 colleges and 900+ programs of study. With an enrollment of 30,000 students, its undergraduate and graduate programs are repeatedly ranked among top national programs. The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of outdoor and cultural activities. UTK is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains; and a day's drive to Memphis, Chicago and Washington D.C. Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a statistical area population of over 850,000 people. The Knoxville region houses many leading corporations, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Duties and Responsibilities The Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Initiatives (AVCRII) leads the Division of Research and Innovation Initiatives (DRII), is a member of the leadership team within the Office of Research and Engagement (ORE), and has management authority and budget responsibilities for groups within DRII, including Research Development, Core Facilities, and UT Centers and Institutes, including the National Institute for STEM Research and Evaluation (NISER) and the Oak Ridge Institute (ORI). The AVCRII oversees programs designed to strengthen the university's research and innovation portfolio, including the Strategic and Transformative Investments in Research (STIR) program, the Scholarly and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF), and the Science Alliance, among others.
The AVCRII contributes in meaningful ways to the promotion of the University's diversity and inclusion goals, ensuring that its investments in research, scholarship and innovation contribute to the creation of a more just, sustainable and prosperous future within and outside the University. Internally, the incumbent maintains extensive constructive interactions with deans, faculty, college and department administrators to promote transdisciplinary research and scholarship and engaged outreach that ensures the effective translation of the university's research and scholarship outcomes. Externally, extensive interactions with the university's partners, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, state and federal funding agencies, and community organizations are also expected to nurture existing and elevate new opportunities in strategically important areas of research, innovation, and scholarship.
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Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.