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Vice President for Research and Economic Development
The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities. We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives.
The University of Wyoming (UW) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPRED). UW’s VPRED serves as an executive officer and the chief research official of the University. We seek a visionary leader who will embrace and promote all dimensions of UW’s research and scholarly activities and vigorously pursue opportunities to leverage the University’s resources to promote economic development in Wyoming. The VPRED will engage with statewide, regional, national and international stakeholders and partners to promote economic development that serves the citizens of Wyoming and advances the mission of UW. The VPRED works closely with the President, Provost and Executive Vice President, other executive officers, and Deans and Directors of schools, colleges, research centers, and institutes to drive the University’s research and economic development agenda.
UW is competitive in recruiting high-achieving research faculty and fostering their career development as leaders in their disciplines. UW faculty are very successful in securing extramural funding, supporting both individual research activities and institutional programs such as EPSCoR, NIH INBRE and COBRE. With research expenditures exceeding $93M in FY20 and building on its ongoing Tier 1 Engineering and Science Initiatives, UW will strategically invest and move towards recognition as an R1 Research University and a Community Engaged University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. We seek a strong leader who will embrace these aspirational goals and help further build the university on this strong foundation.
President Ed Seidel joined UW in the summer of 2020 and has articulated an exciting new vision for the University and the State of Wyoming that includes significantly growing the research and innovation capacity of the university and promoting economic development in the state of Wyoming. The vision is based on four “pillars” that will move the university toward being more digital, more entrepreneurial, more interdisciplinary, and more inclusive. President Seidel has laid the foundation for establishing a new School of Computing, which will facilitate digital literacy and computational research that is relevant to every discipline. He is also leading an initiative – the Wyoming Innovation Partnership (WIP) - to promote economic development throughout Wyoming in collaboration with Wyoming’s seven community colleges.
Overview of the Office of Research and Economic Development
The Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) provides leadership to strengthen the overall research and economic development capacity of the university, while also serving as a service organization to the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Wyoming. Its service goals include providing swift, accurate, and expert service to enhance UW’s research and scholarship missions through its support of the University’s faculty and academic units while also working closely with other key stakeholder groups on- and off-campus to promote and support economic development throughout the state of Wyoming. The ORED works with university stakeholders across all UW academic colleges and schools and interfaces with the University’s outreach programs to link the institution’s research, technology transfer, and economic development efforts—enhancing federal, state, and private-sector support for faculty and student scholarship. The ORED coordinates the origination, organization, and execution of UW's research mission with principal investigators, colleges and schools, departments, centers, and institutes from pre-award support to post-award management. The ORED partners with the University’s faculty, staff, and student inventors to identify, protect, and commercialize the various kinds of intellectual property they develop. The ORED’s services and efforts ensure that scholarly activities accomplished at UW enhance the creation of new knowledge, new applications of existing knowledge, and positively impact economic diversification within the state, the region, and for society in general. The VPRED works closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs, which provides the financial management and administration of all external funding to the university.
The university is working to step up its activities significantly in economic development and seeks a leader who can continue to strengthen these activities. It has created a new position of Associate VP for Economic Development and Innovation, reporting to the VPRED, and is establishing a campus-wide Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). The Wyoming Innovation Partnership (WIP) with the community colleges, aimed at collaborative activities that can support economic growth, will participate in the CEI as well. The university is growing its Technology Transfer Office and exploring creation of a university-led venture fund. Through the Wyoming Business Resource Network (BRN), the ORED and the Wyoming Business Council collaborate with a variety of partners to assist all business enterprises throughout the state. This multi-layered business assistance structure helps new businesses get started and helps established businesses continue to grow and diversify. Each of the partners in the BRN serves diverse business enterprises in the different stages of growth. The Wyoming Technology Transfer-Research Products Center assists UW faculty with intellectual property protection, patents, licensing, and startup creation; IMPACT 307 provides faculty and student startup tech-sector business incubator space throughout Wyoming; the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) connects businesses with the resources they need to succeed and offers business expertise and technical assistance to help entrepreneurs start, grow, reinvent, or exit their business. Resources within the SBDC include the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Market Research Center and the Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative. And Manufacturing Works provides broad technical assistance, engineering solutions, general business assistance, marketing assistance, and financial counseling for Wyoming manufacturers. The university is developing plans to build a research park to grow its corporate partnership capacity and a venture funds to support economic growth and entrepreneurship capacity.
For more information regarding the Office of Research and Economic Development, please visit http://www.uwyo.edu/research/.
The VPRED plays a leadership role in state, national, and international activities regarding research policy and guides the University in defining and meeting the emerging research opportunities of the future. Important goals of the research and economic development agenda include promotion of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research; integration of research and education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; promotion and facilitation of technology transfer, business engagement, entrepreneurship, and economic development; leading a variety of business-assistance programs operating throughout the state, to promote start-up, growth, and economic diversity; ensuring the integrity of research processes and policies; stewardship of the special physical and computational infrastructure necessary for research leadership; establishment of corporate, national and international collaborative research partnerships at the University; participation in federal and state policy-making regarding research and economic development; and engaging a broad range of individuals in research, scholarly, or creative activity that strengthen the University’s research enterprise.
The VPRED reports to the President and leads and oversees the University of Wyoming Office of Research and Economic Development. With respect to research, the Vice President for Research & Economic Development also works closely with the Provost and Executive Vice President to fully align research with the overall academic mission of the University. In addition, the VPRED needs to ensure a strong partnership with the Senior Vice President for Administration to ensure alignment and cooperation between the divisions since the sponsored projects financial management is housed under the Division of Administration and Finance. The Office of Research and Economic development is supported by 28 core staff and supports 12 research units on campus with a total annual budget of $13 million.
Established in 1886, the University of Wyoming is a land-grant, doctoral/research university, Division I member of the NCAA—Mountain West Conference, set in the front range of the Rocky Mountains at 7,200 feet. UW is the only four-year public university in the state and combines major-university benefits and small-school advantages. The University offers 200 programs of study across a broad spectrum of disciplines and students generally experience small class sizes, affordable tuition, high-quality education, and easy access to reputable teaching and research faculty.
The University has an annual operating budget of more than $544 million. State funding accounts for 42% of the revenues, with the remainder generated by a variety of sources including contracts and grants, foundation resources, and tuition. External funding was approximately $163 million in FY21 for research and other sponsored projects. Annual private giving for the same period exceeded $48 million. UW’s endowments total $787 million. With the support of the Wyoming legislature and private donors and through institutional bonding (UW currently enjoys a Standard and Poor’s rating of AA-, with a positive outlook), the university has received $708 million in capital construction and major maintenance funds over the past decade. For FY2021, the University employed 719 full-time instructional and clinical faculty, including 530 tenured/tenure-track faculty. There were more than 2,200 other full-time benefited employees. Faculty members are internationally renowned for their research and scholarship and are innovative and creative teachers. Long recognized for its commitment to baccalaureate education, UW seeks greater recognition, both in academia and in the private sector, for its research, teaching, scholarly and creative endeavors, and graduate programs.
For more information about the University of Wyoming, please visit http://www.uwyo.edu/.
The VPRED Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to December 10, 2021:
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines. JD, Principal
Parker Executive Search Five Concourse Parkway Suite 2875
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-804-1996 x 117
Refer to code “UW-VPRED” in the subject line
The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. To review the EEO is the Law Poster and its Supplement, please see The Diversity & Fairness page.
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The University of Wyoming is in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. Wyoming is investing in its university, helping to make it a leader in academics, research, and outreach.
The university has state-of-the-art facilities in many areas and is a cultural center for the state. Located on a high plain between the Laramie and Snowy Range mountain ranges, Laramie has more than 300 days of sunshine a year and is near year-round outdoor activities that include skiing, hiking, camping, bicycling, fishing, and climbing.
The community provides the advantages of a major university and a distinctive identity as an important city in a frontier state. Laramie is near many of Colorado's major cities and university communities (Fort Collins: 1 hour; Boulder: 1.5 hours; Denver: 2 hours; Colorado Springs; 4 hours).