Vice President for Research and Innovation

Provost and Senior Vice President Patrick Phillips has launched a national search for a new Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI). The VPRI leads the University of Oregon’s efforts to improve research programming, raise the profile of existing programs at the university through collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, and support our faculty and student researchers. It is critical that the person in this position have the ability to develop new partnerships that continue to position UO to be a key contributor to the cultural and scientific landscape of Oregon, the nation, and the world. Ultimately, the VPRI is charged with charting a vision for UO so that it can fulfill its role as an incubator for innovation, discovery, and economic development.

The VPRI oversees most of the university’s multidisciplinary research centers and institutes, strategic research initiatives and partnerships, research infrastructure and administration, compliance and regulatory environment, and innovation and commercialization efforts. The position also works with the UO donor community to support research initiatives.

Position Profile

We have hired Isaacson Miller, a high-caliber firm with experience assisting UO, to assist with the VPRI search. The firm is currently working with the provost and the search committee (see below) to develop the position profile, which will be posted on this webpage once it is finalized. An important part of the process will be the participation of and engagement with VPRI stakeholders, who will help the search firm by providing input on what qualities should be included in the position profile. That meeting will be held on January 14, 2020, on campus.

Application Process

To apply to this position, please visit

Search Committee

The committee is comprised of members who represent a cross section of the university, including faculty, staff, and a student. Members are:

Darren Johnson (Chair), Director, Materials Science Institute
Mike Andreasen, Vice President for University Advancement
Judith Eisen, Professor, Biology
Stephanie Gray, Grant and Research Administrator, College of Arts and Sciences
Bob Guldberg, Vice President & Executive Director, Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact
Sheryl Johnson, Director, Research Compliance Services
Andrew Nelson, Associate Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship 
Ellen Peters, Professor, School of Journalism and Communication
Melissa Redford, Professor and Department Head, Linguistics
Elizabeth Skowron, Professor, Psychology; President, UO Senate
Beth Stormshak, Professor, Counseling Psychology
Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Director, Institute for Health in the Built Environment

Student position: Mikala Capage

Search Advocate: Maile Hutterer, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, History of Art and Architecture

Suzette Howard, Executive Assistant to the provost and chief of staff, will provide staff support on behalf of the Office of the Provost.

Additional Information

What is the timeline for the search?
The search is currently in its preliminary stages. Key deadlines and updates will be provided here as they are set by the provost. It is likely that finalist interviews will take place in February 2022, with the anticipated start date for the new VPRI being March 1, 2022.

Will candidates be known to the public?
Information about the finalists will be posted on this website, and members of the community will have the opportunity to meet them.