TheUniversity of Tennessee is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a ResearchUniversity (very high research activity), placing it in the highest ranks ofall colleges and universities in the country. Research activities magnify theuniversity's educational mission and enhance its state, national, andinternational public service role.
Universityof Tennessee research encompasses programs on the flagship campus in Knoxvilleas well as initiatives of the Institute of Agriculture, the Institute forPublic Service, the Health Science Center in Memphis, and the Space Institutein Tullahoma. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University ofTennessee at Martin also are active in research and other sponsored programsthat provide strong regional impact.
Theuniversity has collaborative relationships with public and private agenciesincluding Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Battelle Memorial Institute (formingUT-Battelle), St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Memphis BiotechFoundation. The office of the Vice President for Research, Outreach andEconomic Development oversees the relationships with ORNL, several jointinstitutes, the UT Research Foundation, the Governor's Chairs program, and thedevelopment of Cherokee Farm, a joint project of The University of Tennesseeand the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The research and development businesscampus offers unprecedented access to the most powerful tools available inmaterials science and high-performance computing, coupled with access tointernationally renowned researchers in a variety of specializations.
Reportingto the Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development, thisposition leads efforts to develop and strengthen capacity and productivity inresearch and economic development statewide. The Assistant VPR has managementauthority and budget responsibilities for groups reporting directly to thisposition. The Assistant VPR works extensively with research administration atall of UT's campuses to promote transdisciplinary programs, leverage resources,and identify ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, the Assistant VPR isresponsible for the continued integration of the electronic researchadministration software system-wide.
The Assistant VPR is expected to work to promote, enhance,and establish research partnerships with external parties including privateindustry, economic development groups, foundations, the Oak Ridge NationalLaboratory, and the community as a whole. Additional responsibilities include assistingthe VPR in maintaining the UT System's research related compliance andreporting, including federal reporting requirements and internal dashboardmetrics. This position will develop and communicates strategies, plans, andresults to leadership including the UT Board of Trustees and state officials asrequested. The Assistant VPR is expected to serve on appropriate boards andcommittees to represent the University of Tennessee. Other duties are assigned as needed.
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.