Vice President for Research

New Mexico State University (NMSU) is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $110 million/year in research and public service expenditures.  NMSU is a Hispanic-serving institution with a total minority enrollment of more than 50% and committed to building a culturally diverse education environment.  NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain Chain.

Position Summary

New Mexico State University is seeking a Vice President for Research who serves as the chief research official of the University. The individual serving in this role reports to the Provost and works closely with the President, Provost, other Vice Presidents, Deans, and Directors of Schools, Colleges and Research Institutes. She/he plays a central role in all national and international activities related to research policy and provides leadership to the University in identifying emerging research opportunities.

Policies and procedures designed by the Vice President for Research should be consistent with promotion and tenure procedures as well as with fostering interdisciplinary research on a comprehensive university campus in which there is a wide array of research interests, foci and emerging agenda. She/he should be able to integrate research into the educational enterprise at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and ensure that access to research endeavors is campus-wide and ensure that the full array of historic research foci are respected and incorporated into new and emerging opportunities as possible. Of particular importance to this campus is promotion of technology transfer, agricultural research and science, business engagement and economic development, US/Mexico Border collaborations and collaboration with NASA and Department of Defense facilities in the region.

The Vice President for Research is expected to maintain the integrity of research on campus, manage policies that promote high quality research, exercise stewardship of laboratories and computer technology and foster national and international collaborative research partnerships. This individual is responsible for coordinating activities that promote maximum participation of faculty and research staff in scholarly research or creative activities that strengthen the research portfolio of the campus.
The Vice President for Research reports to the Provost and works closely with academic leadership to coordinate research activities with the overall academic mission of the New Mexico State Campus. The Vice President for Research is supported by professional staff and oversees research centers and labs, common use research facilities and research institutes.

Selection Criteria

Minimum requirements

Must have a Doctorate degree in related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible management experience in the area of research management. Applicants are expected to hold the rank of full professor with tenure and have national recognition as a scholar.

  • A strong record of publications in peer reviewed journals;
  • Experience as Principal Investigator/director of federally funded research and contracts, ideally in both individual and collaborative teams;
  • A record of competitive funding experience with major government agencies such as NSF, NIH, DOD, USDA or others;
  • Experience serving on federal funding agency review panels;
  • Experience developing and/or advocating for a research vision within her/his institution;
  • Experience and expertise in managing grants and research teams.

U.S. Citizenship required. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain a personnel security clearance through The Department of Defense.

Ideal candidate will have

A strong publication record in peer reviewed journals, experience as PI/director of federally funded research and contracts and experience with both individual and collaborative/multi-PI and/or multi-institutional grant/contract funding.

A record of competitive funding experience with at least one of the major government funding agencies (NSF, NIH, DOD, DOE, USDA or others). The candidate should also have experience serving on federal funding agency review panels. Experience with foundations and foundation funding is desirable.
Demonstrated successful leadership (at least five years) of complex research center/program with a broad constituency or in other organizational contexts. Should have a success story demonstrating how his/her leadership produced institutional change as evidenced by new programs, policies and/or procedures. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to build teams for interdisciplinary research and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Demonstrated ability to manage large research –support centers including fiscal management and oversight of budget. Ability to delegate and manage people effectively is essential as is fostering professional development of subordinate staff and to make sound decisions regarding personnel. The applicant should have an understanding of compliance and regulatory matters that pertain to the research enterprise and the ability to develop an effective organization to manage this component of the research enterprise. The applicant should be able to describe successful collaborative experiences with faculty researchers.

Desirable personal and professional characteristics

  • Intellectual curiosity that extends to disciplines outside of one’s chosen discipline;
  • Integrity
  • Energy
  • High respect of colleagues and a desire to foster success among colleagues
  • Strong decision maker
  • Excellent communicator who takes responsibility for decisions
  • Experienced problem solver

Offer of employment contingent upon verification of individual’s eligibility for employment in the US and upon completion of applicable background review. For complete job description and application requirements, that includes a one to three page letter of interest that includes long-term goals and objectives; a curriculum vitae; and three to five references with email addresses and telephone numbers, visit, Requisition #1700258S

The deadline to apply is August 15, 2017. New Mexico State University is an EEO/AA Employer.