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 offer 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 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 grounded, 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 exploring 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

Laura Argys, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activities and Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Co-Chair)
Christopher Yakacki, PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Design, and Computing (Co-Chair)
Jaimie Carrington, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment, Retention and Student Success, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jorge Chavez, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Relations, School of Education and Human Development
Theodore Edmonds, Associate Dean for Transdisciplinary Research and innovation, College of Arts and Media
Andrew Friedson, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Faculty Assembly Representative
Amy Gannon, Associate Vice Chancellor of Financial Services and Controller, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus
Nicole Herrin, Study Abroad Coordinator, Office of Global Education, Staff Council Representative
Jiban Khuntia, PhD, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Director of Health Administration Research Consortium, Business School
Jori Leszczynski, DVM, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Animal Resources, Associate Professor, Director for the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources, University Veterinarian, CU Anschutz Medical Campus
Christine Martell, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Public Affairs
Stefan Reiss, Senior Research Development Analyst, Office of Research Services
Manish Shirgaokar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Architecture and Planning
James Speed, Policy Coordinator for Academic Operations, Search Advocate
Diana Tomback, PhD, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Faculty Assembly Representative


Search Timeline (preliminary and subject to change) 


October 2021

  • Search committee formed
  • Position description written and posted

November 2021

  • Provost and Vice Chancellor, Research issue charge to search committee at its first meeting

October 2021 - January 2022

  • Candidate recruitment

January 2022 - February 2022

  • Applications received
  • Round 1 candidate interviews
February 2022
  • Round 2 candidate interviews
  • Recommendation to Chancellor

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Leadership Profile

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