Applicants Sought for Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship

Dec. 11, 2014

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development in cooperation with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is seeking faculty applicants for a director of a new Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship (OUR-UNLV). The director is expected to work with a program coordinator and an advisory committee to launch a new office with the central goal of coordinating and stimulating undergraduate research and creative scholarship activities at UNLV.

Position Description and Responsibilities

The critical roles of such an office are as follows:

• to centralize data gathering and communication on undergraduate research initiatives with key stakeholders (faculty, students, parents, politicians, potential donors);

• to showcase undergraduate research to benefit recruitment of high-caliber high-school students and to develop pipelines connecting the needs of NSHE institutions (e.g. CSN, NSC, DRI);

• to develop infrastructure to support (health safety, ethics, library research, statistics, academic rigor, etc.) and reward (student research and undergraduate mentor awards) undergraduate research for the mutual benefit of students and faculty;

• to coordinate and provide support and training opportunities for faculty mentors;

• to contribute to the national visibility of UNLV;

• to raise and manage funds to support undergraduate research (funding agencies, private foundations, alumni) particularly in ways that take advantage of UNLV MSI status;

• to coordinate efforts for long-term student career preparation, including graduate student recruitment;

• to organize, communicate, and celebrate university-wide undergraduate research symposia.

• to encourage the development of research modules into early coursework.

The position will be guided by advice from an advisory committee composed of faculty along with representatives of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Division of Research and Economic Development, and Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (CSUN). The director reports to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a full professor or associate professor with a strong record of involving undergraduates in research and a vision to expand and promote undergraduate research and creative scholarship; a record of obtaining competitive research funding (particularly for student research or training); and an aptitude for communication with diverse groups, including researchers, educators, and community partners.

Type of Appointment

This is a one-year appointment (starting in the Spring 2015 semester) at a level of approximately 50% FTE with the potential of future renewal. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain his/her teaching and/or research responsibilities while balancing the administrative aspects of the position. Appropriate workload arrangements will be made with the relevant college and negotiated depending on the faculty member’s background. This includes an appropriate course release and/or summer stipend amount.

Applications

Send a letter of application and current CV to Jill Zimbelman (jill.zimbelman@unlv.edu) by Jan. 10.