Vice President for Research and Innovation

The search for the VPRI is temporarily on hold. More information will be listed on the website as soon as the search resumes.

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.

VPRI Open Forums

The provost and senior vice president will host two open forums to hear from university community members about what experience, skills, and qualities they wish to see in the next VPRI. The forums will be held on:

  • January 24, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in McKenzie Hall, Room 240A.
  • February 7, 2020, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the EMU Cedar and Spruce rooms.

Those who cannot attend the forum can send feedback via email to

Application Process

Information about how to apply or nominate a candidate, including the deadline, will be updated here as the process unfolds. Any inquiries in the meantime can be directed to

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
Bob Guldberg, Executive Director, Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact
Sarah Nash, Assistant Director for Business Administration, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Andrew Nelson, Associate Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship
Kate Petcosky, Director, Strategic Research Initiatives
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: Sam Greene, Undergraduate and VPRI student-employee

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 March 2020, with the anticipated start date for the new VPRI being July 1, 2020.

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.