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Search Under Way for Vice Chancellor for Research

A national search is under way for the next vice chancellor for research for UT Knoxville.

As a member of my senior leadership team, the vice chancellor for research serves as the chief research officer of the university and works to promote research and economic development activities, particularly in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory through UT-Battelle LLC and other research and development institutions in the state and region.

Candidates should have the demonstrated vision and leadership and management skills necessary to drive the growth of scholarship, research, and creative activity at our research-extensive university. See the job description on the Human Resources website.

Stacey Patterson, interim vice president for research, outreach, and economic development for the UT System, is chairing the search. Committee members are Suzie Allard, professor of information sciences and associate dean for research for the College of Communication and Information; Suresh Babu, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing; Chris Cimino, senior vice chancellor for finance and administration; Mickey Curtis Jr., an undergraduate who serves as vice president of the Student Government Association; Wayne T. Davis, professor and dean of the Tickle College of Engineering; Amy J. Elias, professor of English and director of the UT Humanities Center; Heidi Goodrich-Blair, professor and department head of microbiology; Jamie Alexander Greig, a graduate student and vice president of the Graduate Student Senate; Jean Mercer, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Sponsored Programs; Jeffrey Nichols, associate laboratory director for Computing and Computational Sciences at ORNL; and Soren Sorensen, professor of physics.

I encourage you to refer or nominate qualified candidates to Brooke Swart, associate executive recruiter in UT Human Resources, 865-974-5942 or

The committee’s review of candidate materials will begin September 20. Recruitment for the position will continue until it is filled. To apply electronically, visit the position announcement and application page.