The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPR&ED) invites tenured or clinical faculty members at The University of Iowa to apply for an administrative research fellowship. 

Goals of the Fellowship Program

This fellowship is intended to foster deeper intellectual partnerships between the OVPR&ED and the faculty, provide a development opportunity for faculty members to explore administrative roles, acquire skills and knowledge that will better prepare them to serve in academic administration in the future, and assist the OVPR&ED with special projects across the research enterprise.  In addition to working on mutually identified projects, the fellow will participate as a peer in meetings of the OVPR&ED senior staff, the Research Council, and other governance groups.



The fellow will work closely with the VPR&ED, and/or other senior leaders in the office on initiatives associated with research administration, research development and economic development/engagement. Examples of initiatives and projects could include

  • Foster translational research and community-based research teams
  • Serve as the subject matter expert for emerging interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities on campus 
  • Facilitate idea creation and implementation of large institutional research proposals and projects
  • Represent the office on internal and external committees, agencies, and seminars
  • Assist in the planning of Ideation Summits and Ideas & Intersections (faculty engagement events)
  • Develop a research mentoring and faculty cohort peer mentoring and support program
  • Assist faculty with SBIR/STTR applications.
  • Lead strategic structure/direction of core research facilities to facilitate research
  • Facilitate a faculty researcher perspective on administrative and/or research compliance processes
  • Develop data analytics for research and economic development effectiveness
  • Assist with recognition and reward programs for community engagement and economic development
  • Develop an institution-wide broader impacts strategy that can leverage ongoing and emerging research to demonstrate the impact/investment in research funding
  • Participate in engagement activities that leverage statewide presence in Iowa (mobile museum, community engagement presentations, etc.)
  • Participate in efforts to better educate community members and governmental leaders on the importance of research

Effort:  40% Effort - 40% academic year salary (+ 2/9th summer salary support as applicable)

Term: Each fellow will serve 2 to 3 years in this role.  The fellowship will replace an appropriate portion of the faculty member’s normal teaching or clinical responsibilities. 

Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree in an academic discipline
  • Rank of Associate Professor or Professor at the University of Iowa (clinical or tenure track) in any discipline on campus
  • Experience working with senior level collegiate and central administration (preferred)
  • Strong record of service to the University of Iowa community
  • Strong record demonstrating a high degree of judgment, diplomacy & confidentiality
  • Strong record of scholarship in their academic discipline and successful grantsmanship

Applicants are requested to submit

  • A letter describing their interests in the fellowship
  • CV
  • Two letters of reference (one from their DEO and one from a colleague)


  • Application Materials due February 26, 2016
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and the first round of interviews with OVPR&ED senior staff will be conducted in March.  Fellowships will begin in August 2016 or at a mutually agreed-upon date. 
  • Please send application materials to Cheryl Reardon, Senior Assistant VP for Research and Economic Development (   

Faculty members should feel free to contact anyone in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development if they have questions or wish further information. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.