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The Opportunity

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University develops, establishes, and administers policy for research and economic development, and works with the faculty to facilitate and encourage research and scholarly activities.

The Position

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Responsibilities include oversight of all policies and procedures relating to research, technology transfer, and economic development.

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development works closely with other senior administrators to develop strategic directions and budgetary recommendations that encompass the full academic mission of the university, and consults with the Provost on matters involving tenured/tenure track faculty. Research units within the office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development include: Office of Sponsored Projects, the Office of Research Compliance, the Office of Research Security, the Office of Technology Management, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources, the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, and all university-level research centers.

For more information, please view the job description.

VP for Research and Economic Development Job Description

The University

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Mississippi State University is a comprehensive, doctoral degree-granting institution with a nationally and internationally diverse student body. To individuals, it offers a wide range of opportunities and challenges for learning and growth; to the world of knowledge, vigorous and expanding contributions in research, discovery, and application; and to people in every region of Mississippi, a variety of expert services. The Carnegie Foundation classifies MSU as an R1-Very High Research Activity doctoral university.

As a land-grant institution, Mississippi State University is dedicated to three broad purposes: learning, research, and service. Learning, both on- and off-campus, enhances the intellectual, cultural, social, and professional development of the university’s 22,226 students; research, both to extend the present limits of knowledge and bring deeper insight, understanding, and usefulness to existing knowledge; and service, to apply knowledge and the fruits of research to the lives of people.

Fulfilling these purposes is the primary goal of the educational units that make up the total university. Among others, these include the eight colleges, academic departments, along with distance and continuing education, Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

A faculty drawn from the best institutions in all parts of the nation work earnestly to demonstrate excellence in teaching, while producing in their specialized studies scholarly books, articles, and conference papers that gain respect for themselves, the university and the state. In the process, they ensure for their students instruction that immediately is in touch with current knowledge and thought.

A body of energetic researchers, both faculty and other, are assisted by an effective research administration to place Mississippi State among the top 100 universities in the nation in annual research and development expenditures. Campus service agencies similarly are distinguished, earning the respect and support of their varied constituencies throughout the state, as well as in other states and countries throughout the world.

Office of Research and Economic Development

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at Mississippi State promotes research activities among students, faculty, and staff and works to support economic development at the local, statewide, and global level.

A Carnegie Foundation R1-Very High Research Activity Doctoral University, Mississippi State is ranked among the National Science Foundation’s top 100 research institutions. As the Magnolia State’s leading research university, MSU’s research expenditures totaled $244 million in FY 2018, accounting for more than half of the total in research and development expenditures reported by all Mississippi institutions. This research activity is playing an ever-increasing role in Mississippi’s overall economic development efforts. MSU is a recognized leader in a number of disciplines, and well known for innovative partnerships, real-world impact, and offering undergraduate and graduate students unique research opportunities.

The vice president for research and economic development serves as the university’s chief research officer and is responsible for overseeing ORED staff and the leadership of several divisions, including the Office of Sponsored Projects, Office of Laboratory Animal Resources, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Office of Research Security, Office of Technology Management, Office of Research Compliance, and the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park.

Mississippi State is home to dozens of research centers and institutes that are committed to transformational, multi-disciplinary research that connects stakeholders and fosters collaboration to achieve real-world results. ORED provides administrative leadership for several university-wide research centers and institutes, in addition to supporting college and division-level centers and institutes.

Application Process & How To Apply

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