Texas Tech University

Search for Vice President for Research

Texas Tech University seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as the Vice President of Research (VPR). As the champion of the University’s research mission, the VPR will join Texas Tech at a time of unprecedented growth and momentum. As the principal research officer for the University, the VPR provides the leadership necessary to significantly increase external funding for research, foster innovative scholarship and creative activity in all fields including interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborations, and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Position Overview

As the lead research officer for the University, the VPR reports to the President and is a member of the his Cabinet. S/he will be responsible for developing a dynamic strategic plan aimed at advancing TTU’s quest for top tier research status; fostering collaboration across the University and System to enhance cooperative, interdisciplinary research programs and opportunities; developing new and nurturing existing external partnerships that will maximize TTU research resources; promoting and supporting a culture that values safety and compliance with all state and federal regulations; and managing the human and financial resources of the Office of the Vice President of Research.

The successful candidate will have an earned doctoral degree, relevant administrative and leadership experience coupled with a proven track record of advancing research at a research-intensive doctoral university, and distinguished scholarship and funded research. Evidence of leadership of a large interdisciplinary university or research center(s) or comparable size, scale and complexity is expected. In addition, experience in supporting technology transfer, commercialization, and industry partnerships; a record of infrastructure development with multiple constituencies; and an understanding of the need to develop research interests throughout the University as well as collaborations with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Centers is essential. A keen understanding of federal funding processes, advocacy, compliance and research environment is critical.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A terminal degree along with relevant leadership experience advancing research at a research-intensive university or institute and a record of distinguished scholarship and funded research
  • Proven track record of supporting technology transfer, commercialization, and industry partnerships
  • A history of promoting research interests and collaborations across an institution or system and with external partners
  • Keen understanding of federal funding processes, advocacy, and compliance
  • A leadership style characterized by the highest personal integrity and ethics, transparency, accessibility, and openness to a team-centered environment
  • An enthusiasm for collaborating with other departments and infrastructure development with multiple siloed constituencies; demonstrated capacity create cross-campus partnerships
  • A deep understanding of the educational value of a diverse community; a demonstrated track record of advancing diversity and enhancing inclusiveness
  • Proven leadership skills; a demonstrated ability to mentor and support staff and provide successful oversight of people, budget, and space; a track record for inspiring a diverse staff with energy and a dedication to their professional development, as well as a commitment to clarity and accountability
  • A commitment to service and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding communication skills (both written and oral) demonstrated by the ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of diverse people
  • Candidates must be able to obtain Personnel Industrial Security Clearance by the Department of Defense

Questions or Concerns

Dr. Al Sacco, Jr. (Committee Chair)

Academic Dean, Whitacre College of Engineering

Vice President for Research Search Committee Members

Dr. Al Sacco, Jr. (Committee Chair)

Academic Dean, Whitacre College of Engineering


Ms. Lisa D. Calvert

Vice Chancellor Institutional Advancement


Dr. Michael Galyean

Senior Vice President and Interim Provost


Dr. Darryl James

Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness


Dr. Brent Lindquist

Academic Dean, College of Arts & Sciences


Dr. Yehia Mechref

Director, TTU Center for Biotechnology & Genomics


Mr. John Osborne

Chief Executive Officer, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance


Dr. Michelle Pantoya

J. W. Wright Regents Endowed Chair Professor, Whitacre College of Engineering


Dr. Peter Rotwein

Vice President for Research, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso


Mrs. Noel Sloan

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration and Finance


Mrs. Randa Roberson

Executive Administrative Associate


Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar

Professor, The Department of Environmental Toxicology


Ms. Kimberly Gramm

Managing Director, Innovation HUB


Dr. Aliza Wong

Associate Dean, Honors College; Associate Professor, History; Director, European Studies


Mr. Bryce White

SGA, Graduate Vice President, Master's Student, Agricultural Communications


An EEO/Affirmative Action Institution
Texas Tech University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations and encourages applications from all qualified persons.

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