American University - Vice Provost for Research

DC, Washington

American University (AU) seeks a vice provost for research to steward its research mission and to lead the pursuit of its ambitious research development goals, enhancing AU’s reputation as an institution that cultivates top-flight, cross-disciplinary research to address the nation’s and the world’s most important science and policy issues.

The vice provost will play a critical role as the university develops areas of strategic focus that draw on AU’s historic strengths and where its expertise crosses schools and disciplinary boundaries and hold great promise for the future. The vice provost for research will guide the development of new university centers and institutes, critical investments in research infrastructure, and increased exposure of faculty research outputs while strengthening research policy, practices, and compliance.

As the university’s chief research officer — and working in close partnership with the deans and fellow university leaders — the vice provost for research will champion a culture and climate that incentivizes sponsored research and advances scholarly and creative activity across disciplines, bolstering the work of AU’s outstanding faculty and supporting their success.

AU seeks a seasoned administrator with an outstanding record of scholarship and the ability to grow a robust research enterprise. Reporting to the provost, the vice provost for research will be a strategic leader, effective manager, and energetic community builder with an entrepreneurial spirit and a tireless commitment to collaboration. The ideal candidate will have an earned doctorate and an academic record sufficient for appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure in one of the university’s academic departments.

WittKieffer is assisting American University in this search. Application materials can be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal or by email. Review of candidate materials will continue until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received by March 19, 2020. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to Philip Tang, Robert Luke and Rachel Bieniek at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities