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Vice President for Research (3658)

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You must submit your CV/resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references, including current contact information. This position will remain open until it is filled; however, priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to December 31, 2021. The University anticipates beginning application review on January 3, 2022. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. 

Job Duties

Vice President for Research (3658)
Pocatello - Main

Company Description
Idaho State University, established in 1901, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution, with a culture built on trust, compassion, stability, and hope. ISU serves over 12,000 students in Pocatello, Meridian, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. Students and faculty at ISU are leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions. We are proud to offer exceptional academics nestled in the grand, natural beauty of the West. We invite you to apply to be a part of our University community!


Job Description
Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Research (VPR) is a university leader who is also responsible for the strategic advancement of research and scholarly activity at Idaho State University. As part of the senior leadership team, the VPR works closely with all levels of management (deans, chairs, principal investigators and center/institute directors), faculty and student governance, staff councils, regional centers, and national labs to enhance research initiatives in support of the university’s academic missions. The position requires a leader who demonstrates that leadership focused on creating a culture of trust, compassion, stability, and hope will result in an environment where employees thrive, where innovation can flourish, and where productivity, positivity and job satisfaction all intersect. Key responsibilities include: 

  • Contribute to leadership of the university invested in the continued success of every aspect of the university’s mission
  • Elevate research activities in support of the institution’s academic mission through effective and visionary leadership
  • Coordinate research and creative activities and enhance collaboration across the University and with regional partners, serving as both an impetus and manager of change
  • Coordinate and foster increased joint research efforts with ISU’s in-state sister institutions
  • Engage key leadership within ISU to explore interdisciplinary research opportunities, including institutional-wide research affiliations/memberships, and private/public partnerships
  • Coordinate research initiatives involving state, federal, and private stakeholders
  • Provide leadership in attracting and positioning new faculty hires as strong contributors to ISU’s research and creative activities mission, including participating in the oversight and management of effective investments in start-up funding
  • Promote intellectual property and innovation development across all campuses of the institution
  • Align the university’s research priorities with workforce needs at the local, state, and national/global levels
  • Foster economic development by increasing the tie between ISU research functions and the needs of business and industry
  • Foster professional development opportunities for graduate students related to research, ethics, funding, and training
  • Support an environment and culture within the University that facilitates, encourages, inspires, and enhances research and creative activities across the university and for graduate and undergraduate students
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the integration of the instructional and research missions of the university
  • Promote a culture that values equity and inclusion, service, collaboration, active listening, transparency, and the ability to balance priorities in service with the larger educational and research initiatives of the institution.

Job Qualifications

Reports to: President 



  • Assistant VP for Research Integrity
  • Assistant VP for Research & Development Support
  • Associate VP for Research/Center for Advanced Energy Studies Associate Director
  • Director, Environmental Health & Safety/Technical Safety Officer
  • Director, Research Contracts
  • Director, Idaho Museum of Natural History

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate, or equivalent, from an accredited institution
  • A distinguished record of scholarship that would support an appointment to the academic rank with tenure
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including experience with servant leadership
  • Experience providing strategic, innovative, and operational leadership to a comprehensive research enterprise
  • A commitment to creating and fostering a positive culture of trust, compassion, stability, and hope within the institution
  • Dedication to creating an environment of mutual accountability for the wellbeing of the entire university
  • Effective multidisciplinary engagement
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated record of productive relationships with a variety of funding entities

Institution Description

For more information regarding the search, the University, University strategic goals, Pocatello and Southeast Idaho, and the Office for Research, please visit



Benefits include comprehensive health, dental, and vision; life insurance; disability plan; employee assistance program (EAP); excellent retirement options and company contribution; and generous paid time off/sick leave accrual. All offers of employment are conditional pending the successful completion of a background investigation, provided by HireRight.


Idaho State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Application Due Date: 2022-01-31
Job Start Date: 2022-01-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Pocatello
State/Province/Region: ID
Institution: Idaho State University
Reports To: President
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: Research

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