Copy of Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate School Dean


Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate School Dean.  This position is responsible for the development, direction, and management of the research, scholarly, and creative activity programs of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) and will lead the Graduate School in the development of research programs and graduate education by supporting the graduate faculty, deans and the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate School Dean also has direct responsibility for the effective management of the Office of Sponsored Project Administration, the Office of Research Compliance, the McNair Scholars Program, and a number of research related units, including the Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences and the Center for Ecology; the Meyers Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry; the Materials Technology Center; and the Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center.

About Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Founded in 1869, SIU Carbondale is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University System. With more than 11,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff, the Carbondale campus offers a full range of doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees in addition to professional degrees in law and medicine. It is a diverse, student-centered, research-intensive university that has earned national recognition for its teaching, research, service, civic engagement, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Diversity is an integral part of our legacy dating back to its earliest classes. Today, minority students make up 28% percent of our total enrollment. Additionally, international students comprise more than 8% of our student body. SIU Carbondale continues to rank among the nation’s top colleges and universities in the number of degrees awarded to students in ethnic and racial minority groups.

The physical beauty of the region is a major attraction to students, faculty and visitors. Sixty miles to the south of Carbondale is the historic confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, the two forming the border of the southern tip of Illinois. Just six hours south of Chicago and within easy driving distance of St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville and Indianapolis, SIU Carbondale draws students from the Midwest but also from nearly every U.S. state and nearly 100 nations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Report to the Chancellor and serve on the Chancellor’s Cabinet and Chancellor’s Leadership Council to promote the highest standards of quality in pursuit of innovative research and scholarship, and to advance SIU Carbondale’s national and international presence and reputation in research and graduate education.
  • Provide strong and effective leadership, vision, promotion and advocacy for the research, creative activity, and scholarship, including, technology transfer, intellectual property, commercialization and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic leadership, innovation, and vision to nurture the further development of high-impact research, and provide support for graduate education and international initiatives at SIU Carbondale.
  • Create and implement strategies to engage undergraduate students in research, scholarly pursuits and creative activities.
  • Develop, review, and uphold policies and practices that support and protect the diversity of faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity, and other research-related activity, including federal and state compliance regulations.
  • Expand the University’s research capacity by fostering an environment where campus aggressively seeks and attracts funding from diverse sources and serve as a liaison with federal, state, corporate and philanthropic funding sources to build partnerships with external stakeholders.
  • Provide effective budget and personnel management.
  • Work with the provost, deans, faculty and the Graduate Council toward aligning new graduate offerings with research activities of the University, taking maximum advantage of existing centers and institutes and provide expertise in strengthening current graduate programs.
  • Develop, implement, monitor, and update educational policies procedures, and strategies governing the Graduate School as determined by the Graduate Council.

Required Documents:Cover Letter, Resume

Contact: Leslie Mills

Contact Email:

Contact Phone #: 618-453-2341

Security/Safety Sensitive: Security sensitive (subject to pre-employment criminal background investigation)

Deadline to apply: 9/10/21 for fullest consideration


SIU Carbondale, member of the SIU System, is an anti-racist community that opposes racism, discrimination and inequity in any form, and embraces diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice for all people.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its
ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to
serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed
and encouraged and will receive consideratio



  • An advanced degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) with a record of demonstrated research, scholarly accomplishments or creative activities.
  • Academic qualifications sufficient to support an appointment at the rank of Professor in an appropriate department, including scholarly achievements and experience in teaching and direction of graduate student research and/or scholarly and creative activity, preferably at the doctoral level.
  • An intimate knowledge of research and graduate administration, research programs, and graduate education and experience in supporting undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Demonstrated administrative ability, preferably with experience as chief executive officer of a department, school, college or similar unit.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with funding procedures and agencies, and success in obtaining and administering funded grants in support of innovative research, scholarly, or creative activity.
  • Evidence of ability to provide strong, effective leadership through consultative decision-making processes and collegial engagement along with a genuine interest in and a willingness to be visible in the campus community.
  • High ethical standards with a commitment to excellence in research, quality graduate education and a commitment to academic freedom and informed discussion that encourages diversity and the expression of divergent opinions.
  • The ability to communicate effectively to multiple internal and external audiences, including the public, government, and corporate sectors and a demonstrated ability to promote strong extra-institutional partnerships.