Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

About the Search

CU Denver seeks a visionary, dynamic, and nimble associate vice chancellor for research, serving as the chief research officer for the campus and elevating CU Denver's research activities across a diverse array of programs, ideas, and people. This role offers an ambitious and highly collaborative individual the transformative opportunity to create a research strategy and associated research plan rooted in CU Denver's 2030 strategic plan and focused on leveraging the unique consolidated administrative model that exists between CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The consolidation of stellar research administration services across the two campuses affords the new associate vice chancellor the opportunity to focus fully on innovative research strategy and new opportunities that will create a discovery-driven environment at CU Denver.

The AVC will understand the transformative role that research can play in the lives of students and the Denver community, opening up the university intellectually and inspiring the faculty and students to engage in creating a productive research environment. The work of the AVC will be supported by an already strong research infrastructure managed by the Vice Chancellor of Research, allowing the AVC to focus their energies on new strategies for research grounded in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and transparent relationships with campus entities. The AVC will simultaneously engage the greater Denver and Colorado communities to promote opportunities for faculty and students as well as coordinate with government agencies, foundations and other partners to proactively identify and promote public, non-profit, and private funding opportunities. Finally, in conjunction with university leadership, the AVC will play a leading role in the benchmarking and considerations around the viability of a future hub for innovation and research that crosscuts CU Denver's entrepreneurial and research programs with new and existing community partners.

Search Committee Membership

The search committee will be formed in August 2021. It will be supported by Regina Kilkenny, Chief of Staff,

Search Timeline (preliminary and subject to change) 


August 2021

  • Search committee formed
  • Chancellor and Vice Chancellor, Research issue charge to search committee at its first meeting
  • Community feedback on job description solicited
  • Position description written and posted

July-September 2021

  • Candidate recruitment

September-October 2021

  • Applications reviewed
  • Round 1 candidate interviews

October 2021

  • Round 2 candidate interviews
  • Recommendation to chancellor

Provide Your Feedback on the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Search

The search for our Associate Vice Chancellor for Research will be improved by the diverse perspectives of our campus community.

To share your thoughts with the search committee on the role and the search, complete this survey.

To help identify the key qualities and qualifications that will be integral to our success in identifying these new leaders, 45-minute listening sessions were scheduled in mid-March to invite input from our campus community.

To suggest potential candidates or forward nominations, please email

Leadership Profile

Read the leadership profile/job description here.

Candidates with questions about the position may contact Jen Pickard and Robin Mamlet at

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