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Associate Dean for Research

Apply now Job no: 517896
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San José
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Research


Job Summary

The Associate Dean for Research (ADR) is responsible for facilitating and enhancing research, scholarly, and creative activity (RSCA) in the College of Health and Human Sciences and for supporting the success of faculty in all areas of their academic assignment. This person is responsible for the day-to-day performance of duties assigned and is expected to be self-directed in those duties. This individual supports the Dean and schools/departments in the areas of tenure-track and tenured faculty recruitment, retention, evaluation, and development; research, scholarly, and creative activity (RSCA), including strategic initiatives, grants, and partnerships, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence is a critically important part of this position.

  • The ADR is expected to work collaboratively with the entire leadership team of the college and the university
  • The ADR is expected to help with strategic planning and to implement initiatives related to the Mission and Vision of the College and the University, including initiatives and projects with regional and national organizations, including the City of San Jose
  • The ADR works closely with the Associate Dean of Student Success and Academic Programs and other Dean’s office management and staff to support faculty, department chairs, and school directors
  • Analyze institutional data to support evidence-based decision-making and produce college reports
  • The ADR helps ensure compliance with policies and procedures, researches issues, analyzes institutional data, prepares reports, recommends policy or procedural changes, and handles confidential problems that arise in the college
  • The ADR represents the Dean and serves in their capacity as needed and directed when the Dean is absent
  • The ADR works in partnership with the Dean and college staff to ensure a positive, collegial, collaborative culture in the College


For more detailed information please see Position Profile


Key Responsibilities

  • Oversees all aspects of faculty success in the college, including, but not limited to: recruitment, retention, and evaluation of tenured and tenure-track faculty; evidence-based best practices for supporting inclusive excellence and diversity;
  • The AD for Research will serve as a resource for the faculty, including working to reduce barriers to research in the College and facilitating interdisciplinary research and scholarship as appropriate. Activities may include tracking and reviewing research activity, including new grant proposal submissions, and advising the Dean on resource allocations related to research
  • The AD for Research will help faculty develop and maintain active research and scholarly programs by working with them, when invited to do so, on proposal preparation, publishing, student mentoring, and work balance issues
  • The AD for Research will also support faculty development in the areas of teaching and service, providing consultation, mentoring, and access to appropriate resources, and coordinating the new faculty orientation program
  • Supports the Dean to increase funding and opportunities for innovation, interdisciplinary, and collaboration in research, scholarship, and creative activities as well as programming to support inclusive excellence and collaboration with the surrounding community
  • Supports the Dean in hiring, retaining, and evaluating permanent faculty
  • The AD for Research will serve as a point of contact with the University AVP for Research, the Academic Affairs Associate Dean for Research, and the SJSU Research Foundation on matters related to College research activities and the RSCA Assigned Time program. The AD for Research chair the college Research Advisory Committee and serve as the college representative on the RSCA Advisory Council. The AD for Research will serve as a point of contact with both internal and external partners regarding funding for college research initiatives and research collaborations
  • Supports diversity and inclusive excellence efforts in the College and at the University
  • In consultation with the Dean and their management and leadership team, assists with strategic planning and provides leadership for college-wide initiatives and university/community collaborative projects aligned with the College’s Mission and Vision
  • Helps the Dean and their team to establish and maintain a professional, positive, collegial, collaborative culture throughout the College


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, including respect, courtesy, civility, appreciation, empathy, trust, inclusion, and consultation
  • Expert knowledge in the planning, implementing, and sustaining of comprehensive research programs
  • Ability to create and implement policies and develop resources that promote and enhance the research activities and faculty success
  • Ability to develop strategies for allocation of resources, management, and support structures to deliver the College’s research strategies and policies.
  • Ability to ensure that the College’s research strategy(ies) is effectively and efficiently implemented
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in federal, state, and private funding sources
  • Ability to lead college-wide efforts around research-related faculty development and mentoring programs.
  • Ability to build relationships and contacts both internally and externally
  • Ability to develop and implement effective strategies to support all areas of faculty development
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, especially in understanding and communicating the needs of the College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Superior analytical skills and ability to communicate evaluative information and recommendations
  • Ability to work independently and effectively across organization lines and in collaboration with a variety of individuals and groups
  • Demonstrated organizational awareness and ability to stay current on administrative policies, procedures, and business practices
  • Skill in accommodating and prioritizing multiple demands for commitment of time, energy, and resources to meet College and Division priorities and timelines


Required Qualifications

  • Outstanding academic credentials commensurate with a faculty appointment in one of the College’s seven academic units at the rank of Professor with tenure
  • Demonstrated record of a funded research program characterized by state and/or federal research grants and publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Strong administrative experience, signifying the ability to develop and communicate a strategic and focused vision about research
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion demonstrated by intention, active planning, focus of research, and/or accountability for diversity outcomes
  • Experience mentoring and developing faculty
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with teams
  • Demonstrated understanding and support of a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research pedagogies and methods, including: social science and health research, community-engaged research, theoretical scholarship


Preferred Qualifications

  • Five years’ experience in department or college-level academic leadership (Project Leader for a federally funded research project, associate chair, center director, etc.)
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring and developing faculty members’ competence in scholarly productivity and securing external funding
  • Experience in interdisciplinary team science, community-based research, industry-supported research, and/or human clinical trials
  • Experience in program project grants, training grants, or multi-site projects
  • Interpersonal qualities that will facilitate open and collaborative relationships among researchers across the College and University communities and with external constituencies.
  • Sophisticated, strategic leadership skills to develop, implement, and measure the outcomes of strategies and programs.
  • Knowledgeable about research best practices and student engagement in research as a high-impact practice



Classification: Administrator III
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: August 22, 2022 through October 17, 2022. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (including all booster doses of an approved vaccine for which an individual is eligible per current CDC recommendations) or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. As a condition of employment, any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as well as with other safety measures established on the campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


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Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Apr 11, 2023