The Role of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Missouri
By Brian Foster, Provost
The duties and influence of a Vice Chancellor or Vice Provost for Research varies with university. At the University of Missouri (MU), the Vice Chancellor for Research has responsibilities and influence at the highest levels of administration and policy. Our Vice Chancellor is one of a select group involved in central issues including strategic planning, budget and facilities. This role is performed as a member of both the Chancellor's and the Provost's staff. As the highest level spokesperson and advocate for research, the Vice Chancellor participates in all significant areas of university policy and administration — planning, finances, facilities, hiring, political priorities (state and federal), economic development and public relations.
The Vice Chancellor is expected to support, promote and increase in amount and in stature research at MU. This requires effective organization and adequate funding of institutional research support and operations, appointment of effective managers for specific services and activities, and perceptive positioning of research efforts and activities in the context of university priorities and national interests. The Vice Chancellor has direct responsibility for:
- Representing research in all planning processes, strategic, budget, facilities or others, as a member of the Provost's and the Chancellor's staffs, the Strategic Planning Committee, and as a key link to deans and other influential administrators.
- Acting as a major public spokesperson for MU and for research on our campus.
- Working with federal and state agencies, representing MU in such groups as the AAU and NASULGC research groups, taking the lead to position MU well in national and state research policy and funding priorities, and assisting MU faculty in making connections with the agencies (e.g., on review committees or on rotating staff positions).
- Overseeing the University's significant Technology Transfer operations, including the engagement of faculty, the effective disclosure, licensing, patenting, and other commercialization functions, and working with MU's research park and incubator.
- Ensuring that pre- and post-award processing is effective and efficient by appointment and support of key personnel.
- Supporting the interdisciplinary research centers on campus, all of which report to the Vice Chancellor. These include internationally prominent centers such as the research reactor (the largest on any university campus), the Life Science Center, the Dalton Cardiovascular Center, the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Center for Arts and Humanities.
The Vice Chancellor must appreciate and advocate for the wide spectrum of university research, including research in science, engineering, and humanities; basic and applied; professional programs; externally funded or not, disciplinary or interdisciplinary: the entire range of research and scholarship on a world-class, diverse campus.