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Vice Chancellor for Research

Job Description / Duties

Vice Chancellor for Research


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), the public’s statewide academic health system, invites applications and nominations for the appointment of vice chancellor for research (VCR). The position is based in Memphis, Tennessee, with responsibilities for UTHSC campuses in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and many affiliated partners. This position reports directly to UTHSC Chancellor Peter Buckley.


UTHSC is vital to Tennessee, serving as the only statewide, public, academic health science institution and as the state's largest educator of health care professionals. Additionally, UTHSC’s clinical faculty and more than 1,400 residents and fellows staff major hospitals in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. With six colleges – Dentistry, Health Professions, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – UTHSC has more than 3,100 students who are Tennessee’s future healthcare workforce and more than 380 researchers working to improve the health of Tennesseans.


Founded in 1911, UTHSC strives to be the preeminent public research and teaching university linking the people of Tennessee to the nation and the world. UTHSC improves human health by fostering integrated, collaborative and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main campus is located in the heart of the Memphis Medical District. UTHSC educates and trains cohorts of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and health professions students – in addition to medical residents and fellows - at its campuses in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Clinical care, professional education and research are carried out at more than 100 clinical and educational sites across Tennessee.


The new VCR will set the strategy to further enhance a thriving enterprise-wide research endeavor. The VCR will play an essential role in promoting collaborative-based science and advancing UTHSC's vital basic, clinical, translational and population health research programs. The incoming VCR will work collaboratively with UTHSC administrators, deans, faculty, staff and students. The new VCR will provide vision and direction for UTHSC's growing research and discovery programs, advance the institution's standing as an innovation leader and implement effective research strategies to support the academic, clinical and service missions of UTHSC. In addition, the VCR forges strong relationships and interactions among other leading universities and with industry partners.


The successful candidate will be presented with the opportunity to achieve the following professional and personal accomplishments:


• Serve as a senior leader of a highly respected academic health sciences institution, with an outstanding reputation for the delivery of high quality, affordable healthcare education and innovative research aimed at improving the health of Tennesseans

• Be part of a "new generation" of UTHSC leadership, where the chancellor, deans and other senior leaders are deeply committed to the growth and success of the research mission

• Work regularly with a diverse and outstanding mix of health sciences colleges, all of which are aligned in support of improving the health and well-being of Tennessee citizens

• Partner with senior leadership and faculty to design and implement plans and priorities for the research enterprise to both leverage current strengths and to define new possibilites

• Live and work in Memphis, a region known for its economic vitality, quality of life and diversity of regions and communities


All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile which can be found at


WittKieffer is assisting the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by June 30, 2023.


Applications, including a CV and Letter of Interest, must be submitted to the UTHSC website at:


Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: John K. Thornburgh and Lauren Bruce-Stets at


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.