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Portland State University
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Posted: 12/15/2017
Vice President for Research

Portland State University (PSU) seeks a Vice President for Research (VPR) 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. PSU invites leaders with strong innovation and collaboration skills to apply. Reporting to the President, and in coordination with the Provost, the VPR will have responsibility for the integration and enhancement of research and creative activities across the University. The VPR will also have the opportunity to build and shape PSU’s growing research mission.

About Portland State University: Over the last 66 years, PSU has developed into a nationally-recognized urban research university, the largest and most diverse in the Oregon state system. With a total enrollment of over 26,000, PSU offers over 70 masters degrees and over 20 doctoral degrees. U.S. News and World Reports recently recognized PSU as a Top 10 Most Innovative University. PSU’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City” and the University is recognized as a national leader among urban-serving institutions. The University is an anchor institution, providing the Portland region with a highly educated population, substantial economic impact, and distinctive contributions to its culture. PSU is also a part of Portland’s Innovation Quadrant and closely partners with Oregon Health and Science University, including a shared School of Public Health. The University promotes access, inclusion and equity as pillars of excellence. It is committed to curiosity, collaboration, stewardship and sustainability. PSU strives for excellence and innovation that solves problems and believes everyone should be treated with integrity and respect. For more information, visit

About the Vice President for Research: With over $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, the life sciences, engineering, urban planning, visual, performing, and built arts, and social work. Working with a dedicated research administration team, the VPR will further forge PSU’s identity as a nationally and internationally renowned research university. He or she will accomplish this goal by strengthening and refining an administrative infrastructure that promotes cutting-edge research and scholarship while reducing the burden of grants administration on faculty. The VPR will also lead the development of centers of research excellence, a presidential priority. The VPR will 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. In addition to this critical work within PSU and the Portland Metro Area, the VPR works with the government relations staff at PSU and the VPRs from the other major research universities in Oregon to highlight the essential ways in which research, scholarly, and creative activities contribute to Oregon’s vibrant, thriving economy, and to its cultural well-being. Three units reside within the VPR’s office and report directly to the VPR: Sponsored Projects Administration, Research Integrity, and Innovation & Intellectual Property. Portland State’s Centers and Institutes, composed of five multi-disciplinary research centers, also report to the VPR.

Send applications (curriculum vitae and detailed cover letter), nominations, and inquiries to the email address below. For priority consideration, please apply by February 1, 2018.

Paul Chou, Co-Managing Director and Josh Ward, Ph.D., Senior Associate

Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

Portland State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.