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Vice Dean for Research

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Position type: Staff
Location: New York
Categories: Research, Hybrid

Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Vice Dean for Research is the principal research officer for the College. This position reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean of the College, and is a critical member of the leadership team.

The Vice Dean provides the leadership necessary to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration across the College, increase federal funding of research, support research excellence in all sub-disciplines, and develop innovative strategies for supporting student research engagement. The Vice Dean supports TC’s aim of applying research to improve educational outcomes of students in local, state, and national educational settings through the translation of basic research findings into practice, active dissemination of results, and the maintenance of research partnerships.

The Vice Dean seeks opportunities to support TC’s commitment to social justice in education and diversity, equity, and inclusion in its research enterprise.

Vision and Strategy

  • Provides and implements a vision for strengthening and expanding TC research enterprise, consistent with the aims of President Bailey.
  • Engages in effective and transparent decision-making in consultation with key stakeholders, including but not limited to the President, Provost, Vice President for Finance and Operations, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, faculty, and others as appropriate.
  • Promotes the social importance and creative value of faculty research to the broader community.
  • Fosters creativity and cultivates critical partnerships and collaborations across the state, region, nation, and the world with communities, foundations, industry, non-profits, government, and other academic institutions.
  • Partners with Columbia University's Office of the Executive Vice President for Research.

Faculty Development, Support and Oversight

  •  Supports scholarship in education, psychology, and health sciences that improves lives and society, engages communities, and exchanges new knowledge.
  • Chairs the Faculty Research Advisory Committee to obtain insights and feedback from faculty.
  • Pursues and promotes federal, state, and foundation support for strategic research and economic development initiatives.
  • Contributes to research aspects of professional development and mentoring of junior faculty.
  • Leads efforts to effectively organize and identify funding for interdisciplinary research and graduate education initiatives.
  • Coordinates and operates internal research funding program for faculty.
  • Oversees and supports the activities of TC's research-focused centers and institutes.

Support of Research Infrastructure and Integrity

  • Oversees the College research units, including the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Chairs the Faculty Research Advisory Committee which consists of offices that intersect with research, including OSP, Institutional Advancement, IRB, Contracts and Grants, Global Engagement, and Digital Futures Institute.
  • Maintains the integrity of the research enterprise by ensuring compliance with university, state, and federal policies and regulations.
  • Supervises the Assistant Director for Research and student administrative fellows.

Research Communication

  •  Promotes active communication and collaboration across the research ecosystem, including overseeing the monthly Research@TC newsletter and research listservs.
  •  Oversees and maintains the Research@TC website.

Minimum Qualifications:

  •  A doctorate or equivalent degree in an education, psychology, or health field
  •  Achievement in teaching and scholarship meriting appointment as a tenured Associate or Full Professor OR extensive experience working in the world of external funding as a program officer or similar position.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in administration and management
  • Experience in faculty development around scholarship, and creating networks, collaborations, and partnerships
  • Outstanding, nationally recognized record of scholarship and success in attracting competitive research funding
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member in a diverse, collaborative environment and provide effective leadership to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the research enterprise

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with research methods and standards across disciplines
  • Knowledge of and experience with funding of at least two of the three following federal funders: National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and/or Institute of Education Sciences
  • Demonstrated excellence in leading or participating in a complex organization with a broad focus across disciplines, including the Social Sciences, the Arts, and the Humanities
  • Experience in cultivating diversity in research and education and fostering the development of faculty research programs
  • A comprehensive understanding of the role that TC plays in the vitality of the region and the state, and of the importance of research, creative activity, and scholarship across the university
  • Ability to articulate a vision for research, creative activities, and graduate education that represents the diverse disciplines of TC

Salary Range:

$150,000.00 - $180,000.00

Work Modality:


Priority Application Deadline:

November 17, 2023


Competitive Compensation and Benefits
The salary range reflects the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation for the position at the time of the job posting.  Salary decisions are dependent on several factors including but not limited to market and organizational considerations, experience, and qualifications of a selected candidate as well as internal and external equity.
Our benefits contribute significantly to the total compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, and supplemental insurance plans; flexible and hybrid work schedules; tuition remission; life insurance; short and long-term disability insurance; an exceptional employer retirement matching program; health savings accounts (HSA), flexible spending accounts (FSA), Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility, and a robust Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
If you would like to request any disability related accommodations to complete the job application or to participate in the interview process, please email:oasid@tc.columbia.edu.
Language for positions that offer hybrid work:
Teachers College maintains a hybrid work environment, which provides employees with flexible work arrangements, while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person college-campus culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite or in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days). Employees are expected to live within a 150-mile radius of the College.  
We will consider qualified candidates that reside beyond this radius based on the responsibilities and duties expected of the position.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Teachers College is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community and to providing equal opportunity in employment.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity or gender expression), religion, creed, national origin, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

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