Associate Provost for Research & Sponsored Programs #497918
Lamar University - Beaumont, TX

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Lamar University is a comprehensive public university located in Beaumont, Texas, and is a member of the Texas State University System. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a Level VI institution authorized to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Lamar was selected in 2009 as one of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Best Colleges to Work For” in the large university category, has been recognized by both the New York Times and U.S. News & World Report as one of the 100 most diverse college campuses in the country, and was recently designated a Doctoral Research University ( DRU ) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Lamar’s on-campus student/faculty ratio of 20:1 promotes the development of interpersonal relationships among faculty and students. Programs of study in the fields of Education, Engineering, Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Fine Arts, Communication, Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences lead to a variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and associated research opportunities. The university lies in the heart of the petrochemical industry and is a port and rail center. It is 80 miles east of Houston, 40 miles from the Gulf Coast beaches, and 70 miles from the famous Texas lakes region. The area’s subtropical climate produces mild winters that allow for year-round outdoor activity. Lamar University is unique in that it enjoys close ties with the greater community, and both its students and faculty are able to participate actively in the city’s civic, business and cultural opportunities.

The Position: Lamar University seeks an experienced administrator to encourage, support, and direct the institution’s efforts in the pursuit of external funding for research and instruction. The Associate Provost for Research ( APFR ) reports directly to the Provost of the University and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration ( OSPA ), a fast-paced, deadline-driven, customer oriented entity. He/she supports projects from creation to completion via oversight of pre-award grant and contract development and post-award administration services for Principal Investigators, and provides leadership and supervision for both pre- and post-award OSPA staff. The APFR is responsible for implementation and continuous improvement of the strategic plan for research, which includes: enhancing the university’s research and scholarly productivity capacity; providing sponsored program information to the campus; assisting faculty in the proposal submission process; development of research space and facilities; interfacing with faculty, University offices, and state and federal agencies, foundations (in concert with the Vice President for Advancement), and government entities, all to facilitate high quality projects, effective award negotiation, and good working relationships with stakeholders. He/she is ultimately responsible for the overall management of award funds, including expenditure approval, monitoring budgeting actions on contracts, cost-sharing and time-and-effort reporting, and project closeout and regeneration.

The Associate Provost for Research & Sponsored Programs is OSPA’s personnel officer, and works closely with the Provost and other university officials to develop operating policies and procedures in compliance with those of state and federal entities and to assist faculty and staff with OSPA administrative procedures. In addition, the APFR is responsible for the identification, development and commercialization of intellectual property arising from the University, chairs the University Patent Committee, works with faculty and industrial partners to develop licensing agreements, patent applications, other intellectual property and technology transfer agreements, and business plans to facilitate the creation of start-up companies where appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications
A master’s degree (earned doctorate preferred) from a regionally accredited institution is required, preferably in a field that provides a well rounded background and skills in management, problem-solving, budgeting, legal issues, research and development techniques, etc. Experience in research/sponsored programs and research administration is required. With appropriate credentials and discipline, a tenured faculty appointment at a senior rank is possible.

The position will be available beginning summer 2013, with the possibility of appointment as late as fall.

In order to be assured optimal consideration, the candidate should submit all materials by no later than February 15, 2013.

Official transcripts are required at the time of employment.

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