Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (Vice Chancellor). The Vice Chancellor is the chief officer of the University responsible for overseeing and coordinating the research enterprise and graduate education on campus. The Vice Chancellor reports directly to the Chancellor and is an advocate for all research endeavors on campus, supporting the arts and humanities, social, biological and physical sciences.

UW-Madison is one of the most comprehensive and productive research universities in the world. In 2016-17, UW-Madison spent $1.2 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. UW-Madison is home to over 100 research centers, 16 of which operate across campus and report directly to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. UW-Madison's ongoing partnership with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has led to the campus being ranked sixth in the U.S. in patents awarded to universities, and first in the Big Ten. WARF was the first university patenting/licensing organization in the U.S. and has been highly successful for decades. Through its accumulated income from past patents, it supports over $60 million in research and scholarship on campus every year. UW-Madison is currently engaged in a number of ventures designed to build teams that can effectively pursue big science research questions. The Cluster Hire Initiative leverages the university's long tradition of interdisciplinary research to build strength in targeted research areas. UW2020 - a campus-wide research competition - seeds high-risk, high-impact projects that demonstrate extraordinary potential.

As a senior leader the Vice Chancellor will be expected to demonstrate and advance the highest level of ethical conduct and professionalism in his/her 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, and works closely with the Chancellor, the Provost, the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, and the University Research Committee to build and implement a strategic vision for the University's research efforts.

Candidates must have extensive senior leadership experience in a large research organization. It is strongly preferred that candidates are qualified to be appointed tenure at the level of full professor at UW-Madison. Master's degree required; Ph.D or another terminal degree strongly preferred.

Applications and nominations must be received by November 26, 2018 to ensure consideration. A letter of application describing interest in the position and how professional experience has prepared the candidate for this position should be accompanied by a resume 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 Dorothy Farrar Edwards, chair of the search and screen committee, c/o Suzanne Teer, Robin Mamlet and Nick Giannas, Witt/Kieffer, UWMadisonVCRGE@wittkieffer.com, by November 26, 2018 to ensure consideration. A comprehensive leadership profile is available at www.wittkieffer.com.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.