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A Message from Jennifer Cowley, Ph.D., incoming UTA president



April 1, 2022

Dear UTA community,

I’m pleased to share that today we are launching a national search for UTA’s next Vice President for Research and Innovation, taking yet another step toward filling vital leadership positions.

As UTA’s chief research officer, the Vice President for Research and Innovation will be responsible for strategic oversight of research and innovation efforts across the University. The collective efforts of UTA faculty, staff, and students grew our total research expenditures to more than $125 million in 2021. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate a high level of excellence, distinguished record of developing and articulating a strategic vision, and commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are seeking a leader who will advance UTA’s research enterprise while fostering a strong interdisciplinary focus across the University.

More details are available on the webpage for the Vice President for Research and Innovation search. There, you will also find channels for sharing your input on the search process and helping us identify qualified candidates. As is the case with all of our ongoing and forthcoming senior leadership searches, your active participation helps us find the candidate who will best serve our community and goals.

The 13-member Vice President for Research and Innovation Search Committee is composed of faculty and staff representatives from across the University and chaired by Marion Ball, the Raj and Indra Nooyi Endowed Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering and executive director of the Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics. Thank you in advance to our committee members for volunteering their time and valuable perspectives for this process.

Visit the executive searches website to stay up to date on and engaged with our various searches. We will share major updates along the way and appreciate your support and involvement as we continue to move forward.


Jennifer Cowley, Ph.D.




The University of Texas at Arlington

701 S. Nedderman Drive • Arlington, TX 76019