Vice President for Research and Grants


Vice President for Research and Grants


Lincoln Memorial University, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Research and Grants for the Harrogate Campus. The Vice President for Research and Grants (VPRG) is the chief research officer and is responsible for: (1) providing effective leadership to all administrative research units at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU); (2) nurturing excellent research, scholarship, and creative activity conducted by faculty, staff, and students; (3) engaging in effective and transparent decision-making in consultation with key stakeholders; (4) working with the University and school administration in establishing new research programs and directions to promote and enhance the University’s contribution to new knowledge and the national standing of LMU.


The VPRG submits the annual operational plans and budgets for all matters pertaining to the University’s centralized research support and infrastructure activities to the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs (EVPAA). Also, they report to the EVPAA on day-to-day operational matters relative to research infrastructure and services and provide periodic reports, at least annually, on the operational effectiveness of University research efforts.


The VPRG leads the University Committee on Scholarly Activities comprised of the Deans to promote, assess, and advance research interactions among schools. They oversee the Office of Research, Grants and Sponsored Programs (ORGSP) and work closely with Deans to ensure compliance and integrate the teaching and research in a manner consistent with the mission of LMU. They will also lead the effort to enable LMU to receive federal grant funding involving animal research.



  • Develops plans for all matters pertaining to the University’s centralized research support and infrastructure activities.
  • Reports periodically, and at least annually, to the EVPAA on the operational and performance effectiveness of the centrally-funded support units.
  • With systematic input from the research community, develops and implements strategies to continuously improve the infrastructure and services provided by the division.
  • Leads, manages, and holds institutional responsibility for the research infrastructure and services including the following units: Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Biological & Chemical Safety Committee (IBC), Office of Research, Grants & Sponsored Programs (ORGSP), research components of Occupational Health and Safety, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Animal Research Program.
  • Advises the EVPAA on strategic plans for development and renovation of research space.
  • Acts for the EVPAA in the review and approval of proposals for extramural funding and in the acceptance of extramural grants and contracts for research, training, and services and monitors compliance with the agency guidelines.
  • Works with the EVPAA and the Deans in identifying and establishing liaisons with government agencies, private industry, corporations, and foundations that will provide support for basic and applied research at the University.
  • Provides external stakeholders such as government agencies, private industry, corporations, and foundations with information on the research, training, and service capabilities of the University.
  • Acts for the EVPAA in implementing the University’s agreements with agencies, corporations, foundations, and similar organizations in the conduct of research and development activities.
  • Provides leadership and management in reviews and assessments on proposals for large-scale research activities such as centralized research facilities, interdisciplinary research programs, and inter-institutional research agreements.
  • Promotes the importance and creative value of faculty research to the broader community.
  • Manages University-wide research programs and other centralized programs and facilities.
  • Leads, mentors, and develops research staff.
  • Is attentive to national research trends and best practices.
  • Supports academic efforts to engage students in the research enterprise and experience.
  • Works with the EVPAA, Deans, and faculty to develop and stimulate participation in activities that encourage interaction between the University and the private sector in research activities.
  • Encourages and assists faculty and other University personnel in developing opportunities for patents, licensing, and technology transfer.
  • Represents the interests of the faculty in the fiscal administration of sponsored research.
  • Promotes research integrity and responsibility and ensures that all University personnel adhere to regulations, policies, procedures, and strict standards of ethical conduct in planning, performing, and reporting research and scholarly activity.
  • Undertakes additional assignments in research affairs at the discretion of the EVPAA.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
  • At least three years of success (beyond the role of a PI and/or Co-PI) in securing and administering grants from various sources including federal agencies such as the NIH.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in administration and management of a complex institutional organization or unit.
  • Multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals.


About Lincoln Memorial University:

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) was founded in 1897, as a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln. With 125 years of academic excellence and service as our foundation, LMU is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee, where you will find the Lincoln Museum, which houses one of the largest Lincoln collections in the world.


The picturesque Harrogate campus can be found where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia merge at the Cumberland Gap, approximately 55 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee. We are proud of our beautiful, historic, 1,000-acre wooded campus with 43 academic, administrative, and residential buildings.


Most importantly, LMU is a close-knit community filled with people who care. Students receive personal attention with an average class size of 14. At LMU, community members build relationships that last, and learn lessons that last a lifetime.


About the Community:

Harrogate, Tennessee is a hidden gem that captures the essence of small-town charm and natural beauty. Nestled in the heart of the Cumberland Gap region, Harrogate has a population of about 4,400 people. From its lush green landscapes and parks to its friendly community, Harrogate offers a serene and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you're exploring the historic sites, enjoying outdoor adventures in the nearby mountains, or simply savoring the local cuisine, Harrogate leaves a lasting impression of genuine Southern hospitality and picturesque surroundings.


Application and Nomination Process:

All correspondence relating to the position of Vice President for Research and Grants at Lincoln Memorial University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant:

Erin House, Assistant Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates


A complete application should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.)


Applications received by August 31, 2024 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.


Lincoln Memorial University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action education institution. Lincoln Memorial University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in all University programs and activities.

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