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Vice Provost for Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors
James Madison University

Date Posted Feb. 18, 2020
Title Vice Provost for Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors
University James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA, United States
Department Division of Academic Affairs
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
  • Academic Affairs
    Administration - General
    Senior Administration

Vice Provost for Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors

The Division of Academic Affairs at James Madison University (JMU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Provost for Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors. The Vice Provost reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and serves as a member of the Provost’s leadership team.

The Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship supports and fosters the research, scholarship and creative endeavors (RSCE) of JMU faculty and students, as well as helps to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship and economic development across campus and with external partners. JMU embraces and prizes a broad spectrum of research, scholarly and creative activities. Core to the excellence of the University is the mutual influence and integration of RSCE and teaching to provide educational experiences that "prepare students to be educated and enlightened citizens". The University strongly encourages and promotes cross and interdisciplinary RSCE and learning activities. JMU has received national recognition for our undergraduate emphasis in RSCE, graduate programs, and as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University. The successful applicant will foster excellence in these endeavors across the Academic Affairs Division.

The Vice Provost, working collaboratively with college and academic unit level leaders and with faculty, will be the principal champion for fostering and growing RSCE activities at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Vice Provost oversees sponsored program development and administration, research compliance, and technology transfer, along with the innovation and entrepreneurship activities across campus.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Foster, enhance and promote faculty and student research, scholarship and creative endeavors (RSCE) across campus. Coordinate interactions between faculty advisory groups, the Academic Deans, and the Office of Sponsored Programs to enhance the climate and visibility for RSCE at JMU.
  • Support the growth of sponsored program funding by collaborating with faculty, students and staff to enhance RSCE opportunities with special emphasis on increasing private sector, foundation, and industry-sponsored RSCE.
  • Represent the Office of the Provost with key audiences and continue to build strategic alliances, especially in Washington and Richmond. Provide liaison support for the University to Congress of the United States.
  • Provide leadership for sponsored programs and research infrastructure, including compliance activities and technology transfer. Ensure federal compliance guidelines are achieved with particular emphasis on animal welfare and human subjects.
  • Provide leadership for University’s Innovation, Creativity, Collaboration and Entrepreneurship activities across campus by managing and supporting the X-Labs and the Office of Technology Transfer, liaising with the Major Lab and the Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, and other units on campus working in these areas.

The successful candidate should hold a terminal degree and have a strong record of RSCE, teaching, mentoring faculty and students, and university/professional service. Successful candidates should have demonstrated:

  • strong administrative and interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style, organizational leadership experience and success in fostering diversity in an academic setting
  • appreciation and respect for fostering RSCE across a range of disciplines, epistemologies and paradigms
  • experience mentoring student RSCE
  • experience working with external constituencies such as business, foundations, industry, and government
  • experience with institutional compliance with federal and state regulations

In addition, a record of success in securing funding from external governmental and/or private funding agencies is preferred. The successful candidate must complete a Statement of Personal Economic Interests prior to their first day of employment.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with review of applications to begin on March 16th, 2020. Note that only complete submissions uploaded to the JobLink website will be considered by the search committee.

To apply visit or go to and reference posting number F1444. A complete submission consists of the faculty application (including the names and contact information of three references); letter of application; a current curriculum vitae; and a concise statement of no more than 2 pages describing how your vision and experience align with the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, specifically addressing your experience in promoting access, inclusivity and diversity in RSCE, potential strategies to advance RSCE at JMU and experience supporting RSCE outside your primary area of expertise (uploaded as Other Document #1). Individuals wishing to nominate candidates should submit a letter of nomination and complete contact information for the nominee to Bob Kolvoord, Search Committee Chair, at This is a 12-month, tenure-eligible, Administrative & Professional Faculty appointment. The desired start date is July 1, 2020.

JMU is a state-supported, comprehensive university enrolling 19,650 undergraduate and 1,925 graduate students. It is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, about 130 miles southwest of Washington, DC. The university is a nationally ranked, primarily undergraduate institution with a student-centered culture, and a reputation for excellence in a wide range of fields. For 17 consecutive years, JMU has been ranked as the top public, masters-level university in the South by U.S. News and World Report. More information about the university may be found at

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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