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From The Provost
September 5, 2006, Volume 53, No. 2

Vice Provost for Research Search Committee

I am pleased to announce the formation of a committee to advise on the selection of a Vice Provost for Research. The Vice Provost, which is a full-time position, is responsible to the Provost for the development and implementation of policies and procedures that promote research excellence across the university and for the management of key elements of the research infrastructure (including grant administration and research compliance).  Most importantly, the Vice Provost is expected to serve as a champion for the research enterprise of the university, aggressively exploring potential new areas for research and providing leadership to, and coordination of, research collaborations spanning different schools of the university.  The Vice Provost is also expected to develop appropriate linkages between the University and industry, and represent Penn to local and regional constituencies as well as to federal and other funding agencies. 

The members of the search committee are:
Richard Schultz, Patricia Williams Term Professor of Biology and Department Chair, SAS, Chair
Susan Davidson, Weiss Professor of Computing and Information Science and Deputy Dean, SEAS;
Raquel Gur, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Neuropsychiatry, School of Medicine;
Linda McCauley, Nightingale Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Nursing Research, School of Nursing;
Samuel Preston, Frederick J. Warren Professor of Demography, SAS;
Alan Rosenquist, Professor of Neuroscience, School of Medicine;
Phillip Scott, Professor of Immunology and Chair, Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine;  
Bruce Shenker, Professor and Chair, Pathology, and Associate Dean for Research, School of Dental Medicine
Linda Koons, Executive Assistant to the Provost, will provide staff support.

The search committee invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost for Research. In the first stage of its deliberations, the committee will only consider candidates who are currently tenured faculty at the University. In addition, candidates must be able to demonstrate a strong personal record in funded research, experience in managing a large research operation; thorough knowledge of the operations and practices of a comprehensive research-oriented university; excellent inter-personal skills; and demonstrated administrative competence.

Nominations and applications, including curriculum vitae, may be forwarded by September 15, 2006, to:  Chair, Vice Provost for Research Search Committee, Office of the Provost, 122 College Hall/6303 or submitted electronically to koons@pobox.upenn.edu.

A full description of the position of the Vice Provost for Research follows.

—Ronald J. Daniels

Vice Provost for Research

The Vice Provost for Research, which is a full-time position, is responsible to the Provost for the development and implementation of policies and procedures that promote research excellence across the University and for the management of key elements of the research infrastructure.  Most importantly, the Vice Provost is expected to serve as a champion for the research enterprise of the university, aggressively exploring potential new areas for research and providing leadership to, and coordination of, research collaborations spanning different schools of the university.  The Vice Provost is also expected to develop appropriate linkages between the university and industry and represent Penn to local and regional constituencies as well as to federal and other funding agencies. 

The Vice Provost is responsible for administering and coordinating a wide variety of activities supporting research at Penn, including the Provost’s Council on Research, the Research Foundation, and the Research Facilities Development Fund.  In addition, the Vice Provost has direct supervisory responsibility for the following five administrative entities (which in the case of the Office of Research Services is shared with the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer):

Center for Technology Transfer—Responsible for forging strong collaborative linkages between the University and private corporations with emphasis on the transfer of results of academic research into commercial application.

Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety—Responsible for both environmental health and safety, including proper use and disposal of chemicals, infectious agents, and asbestos as well as the proper use of radioactive isotopes and ionizing radiation. Holds site-license issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Office of Research Services—Responsible for handling contractual relationships with all external research sponsors, public and private.

Office of Regulatory Affairs—Assists faculty, staff, and students in providing the maximum protection for all research subjects at the University; staffs federally-mandated Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); and is responsible for providing assurance to the officers of the University that all such activities are conducted under the highest ethical standards and in compliance with all institutional, locate, state and federal rules and regulations. 

University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR)—Responsible for animal care and use in both research and instructional programs.
A candidate for the position of Vice Provost must be a tenured full professor at the University of Pennsylvania.  They should have a strong personal record of funded research, experience in managing a large research operation, thorough knowledge of the operations and practices of a comprehensive research-oriented university, excellent interpersonal skills, and demonstrated administrative competence.

Almanac - September 5, 2006, Volume 53, No. 2