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Kean University

Vice President of Research

Science and Research

Biological Research


Union, New Jersey, United States

External Applicant Instructions

  • Please upload your resume/CV for automatic population of information to your Kean application.
  • Your contact information, work experience and education will be automatically filled in. Please review all fields – you will need to verify that the data is accurate.
  • In the “My Experience” section, you will find a resume/CV upload option where you can submit your cover letter and any other supporting documents you may wish to submit.

Vice President of Research

Kean University has been named a Professional/Doctoral University by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, reflecting the University’s increased number of doctoral programs offered and degrees awarded, and Kean’s strong commitment to research. Our recently upgraded status brings us one step closer to being designated as an R2 Research University under the Carnegie Classification and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is in an exciting transition at this time. As we endeavor to reach Carnegie R2 research status, ORSP is being restructured and will be reporting to the Vice President of Research, under the direction of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President of Research serves as the chief research officer of the University and is responsible for the planning, development, administration and advocacy of all aspects of research, scholarship and creative activities aligned with the university’s mission and strategic plan. This position oversees and supports research engagement by students, faculty and staff, and promotes academic excellence and entrepreneurial initiatives across all instructional sites. The Vice President works closely with the Provost, as well as other members of the President’s Cabinet on all research and research-related entrepreneurial activities. This position requires travel and a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited university with an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree; a minimum of five (5) years of significant and successful administrative experience in a comprehensive university/college with a diverse student population; and a highly distinguished record of university/college teaching, research and service or the equivalent as determined by the university is required.

Candidacy review begins immediately and continues until appointment is made. Please submit your cover letter, resume/CV and contact information for three professional references. Official transcripts are required prior to the starting date of employment.

Attention current Kean University employees (including part-time Student Assistants, Graduate Assistants, Academic Specialists and Adjuncts): Please apply via the internal career site to ensure consideration as an internal candidate. To apply internally, please log into your Workday account and select the Career icon on your homepage to view available positions.

Additional Information

As a condition of employment, external candidates are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date. If you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons, you may submit a request for an exemption. If you are approved for an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, you will be required to be tested for COVID-19 by the University on a regular schedule. All employees are expected to follow the University's current health and safety protocols for COVID-19 and any procedures/protocols created through additional correspondence.

Kean University complies with the New Jersey First Act (Senate Bill No. 1730, P.L. 2011, Chapter 70). Any individual newly hired by Kean University will be required to abide by this law and establish a principal residence in New Jersey. New employees will have a full 365 days to establish such residence, from the effective date of hire.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position, please refer to Section III.A. of our Reasonable Accommodations Policy & Procedures.

Diversity & Non-Discrimination Statement

Kean University is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse campus community through inclusive excellence and equal opportunity. Kean’s commitment to access and equity is designed to prepare each graduate to not only thrive, but climb higher in a diverse world. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution we work to support a campus-wide agenda to foster a community that both values and promotes the diversity and equity of all students, faculty, staff, administrators, and beyond.

EEO/AA Statement

Kean University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer