Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development
Virginia Commonwealth University
December 11, 2017
School/Unit: School of Education
Department: SOEDeanOff: Deans Suite
Purpose of Position:
Reporting to the Dean, and serving as a member of the School's senior leadership team, the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development will work closely with SOE campus and community stakeholders (e.g., faculty, students, research and community-based center directors, research support staff, public school leaders, and community agency directors) to enhance all aspects of the School's research efforts with particular emphasis on ongoing faculty development and support, community-engaged research, and externally funded research and development. Additionally, the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development with develop and advance innovative collaborative research opportunities with other Schools and units at VCU, e.g. Engineering, Medicine, Arts, Allied Health, Life Sciences.
The Associate Dean will:
Ensure the School's research and scholarship align with the VCU's strategic plan and are in accordance with University governance, policies, and regulatory frameworks;
Work collaboratively with other Associate Deans, four Department Chairs, and eight Center Directors to develop new research supports and resources to enhance the School's national and international recognition as a center of excellence in education research and knowledge transfer;
Develop opportunities that enhance the School's research culture and foster innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, high faculty achievement, and research engagement;
Facilitate and enhance faculty mentoring and development;
Develop new opportunities for student research;
Facilitate formal and informal learning opportunities for students interested in academic research and policy-related careers;
Foster innovative and fundable research collaborations with other VCU Schools and units.
Work collaboratively with the Office of Government Relations to enhance the School's influence in education policy and field leadership matters at the federal and state levels;
Foster effective partnerships with local, state, and national professional associations and organizations to promote the School's mission and national reputation;
Monitor funding opportunities with local, state, national, and international agencies and foundations to identify potential sources of programmatic funding support for faculty, staff, and doctoral students;
Build working relationships and research partnerships with state, national, and international foundations by facilitating faculty communication and interaction with funders; develop new partnerships with other academic and non-academic research entities outside the University;
Enhance the School's success rate obtaining sponsored research and development grants in terms of number and quality of proposals, scope of faculty research and scholarship, and funded faculty;
Provide individual and group mentoring to support faculty scholarship when useful or requested;
Serve as a liaison to the Vice President for Research and Innovation and represent the School in campus and community activities relating to the School's research mission;
Serve as an ex officio member of the Research and Professional Development Committee to facilitate ongoing SOE faculty, students, and staff development with an emphasis on research skills development and enhancement;
Serve as an ex officio member of the SOE Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC) and other research groups on and off campus to facilitate networking and research partnerships across disciplines;
Ensure School policies and procedures facilitate ongoing faculty research and development;
Develop, implement, and monitor systematic support and metrics that facilitate research and scholarship development opportunities for faculty and doctoral students;
Oversee the School's promotion and tenure process including third year reviews;
Supervise staff in the Office of Research and Faculty Development that includes an Office Manager and Research Coordinator
Facilitate distribution of SOE funds to facilitate ongoing research activities (e.g., pilot studies, skill development, and dissemination); and
Fulfill responsibilities of a faculty member in one of the School's academic departments as negotiated with the Dean and the Department Chair.
Ph.D., Ed.D., or earned doctorate in field of study and scholarly prominence in a relevant academic discipline;
The successful candidate must qualify for a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Professor in one of the School's four Departments.
Research, scholarship, policy, and leadership achievements commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor, including national recognition as a scholar and a track record of scholarly productivity, successful competition for or administration of sponsored research program support, and educational leadership and policy achievements at the federal and state levels;
Demonstrated and sustained success in federally-funded research grants;
Demonstrated success in grant/contract administration;
Demonstrated expertise in research methods;
Demonstrated research expertise in one or more of the disciplines within the School of Education;
Evidence of successful mentoring of faculty and doctoral students;
Excellent writing, communication, presentation and organization skills;
Demonstrated experience with diversity and inclusion;
Experience planning, implementing, and sustaining interdisciplinary research is highly desirable;
Well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department; and
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.comVirginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.
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