Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education

The University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks a visionary, strategic and collaborative leader with a record of accomplishment to serve as its next Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison) is a major U.S. public doctoral degree–granting university with prolific research activity, global reach, and reputation. As a land grant institution and Wisconsin’s flagship teaching and research university, UW–Madison has a statewide, national and international mission, offering programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels in a wide range of fields, while engaging in extensive scholarly research, continuing adult education and public service. UW–Madison is one of the most comprehensive and productive research universities in the world. In 2017-18, UW–Madison spent $1.19 billion on total research and development efforts, ranking sixth nationally (fourth among public institutions). Nearly the entire UW–Madison research enterprise is located on one continuous campus with a globally recognized academic health center, 13 schools and colleges, 22,000 faculty and staff, 30,000 undergraduates, 9,200 graduate students and 2,400 professional students.

The Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (Vice Chancellor) is the chief officer of the University responsible for overseeing and coordinating the research enterprise and graduate education on campus. Reporting directly to Chancellor Rebecca Blank, the Vice Chancellor is an advocate for all research endeavors on campus, in support of the arts and humanities, and the social, biological and physical sciences. As a senior leader, the Vice Chancellor will be expected to demonstrate and advance the highest level of ethical conduct and professionalism in their performance. In this role, the Vice Chancellor serves as the Chancellor's partner in articulating and implementing a vision for how UW–Madison will retain and build upon its long history of excellence in research and graduate education. The Vice Chancellor works closely with the Provost, other Vice Chancellors, deans, faculty, staff, students, and shared governance groups to design and implement the programs, organizational structure, and resource management that contributes to UW–Madison's three-fold mission of excellence in education, research, and outreach, all of which directly support the Wisconsin Idea. The Vice Chancellor holds primary responsibility for maintaining and enhancing the quality of the research enterprise across campus.

The Vice Chancellor must have extensive senior leadership experience in a large research organization of comparable excellence to UW–Madison. It is strongly preferred that candidates qualify to hold tenure at the level of full professor at UW–Madison. A master's degree is required; a Ph.D or another terminal degree strongly preferred.

Applications and nominations must be received by November 11, 2019 to ensure consideration. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application describing interest in the position and how the candidate's professional experience has prepared the candidate for this position and the names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers of five professional references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. The search and screen committee will evaluate candidates' qualification and select individuals for interviews. Finalists will interview with the chancellor, provost and appropriate staff and governance groups.

Please submit inquiries, nominations and application materials to: Professor Bill Murphy, Chair of the search and screen committee, c/o Suzanne Teer and Jessica Herrington at WittKieffer via, by November 11, 2019 to ensure full consideration. The comprehensive leadership profile can be found at

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