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FROM: Dr. Stanley Komacek RE: Call for Applications - Director, Center for Undergraduate Research
11/27/2013 8:35:36 AM
To: Faculty

Faculty- Please see job description (below) for the Director of a California University Center for Undergraduate Research.  Applications for this position; which is scheduled to start work on the first day of the Spring 2014 semester, are due Friday, January 3, 2014. Interviews will be conducted the week of January 6, 2014.  Note that the position is scheduled for a three-year pilot assignment.  Adjustments will be required to integrate the quarter-time WKE into the Director's Spring 2014 schedule.  For questions related to the position, application, or interview process, please contact Stan Komacek (, phone: x1589).


Job Description


         Job Title:   Director – California University Center for Undergraduate Research        

           Division:   Academic Affairs

Position Status:   Regular faculty, quarter-time via workload release (Fall, Spring, Summer).  This position and Center

will operate under an initial three-year pilot assignment during which outcomes will be assessed.

       Supervisor:  Associate Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies & Research Komacek


Primary Role 

The Director will serve as the faculty lead, working with the administrative supervisor, for the creation, development, and operation of a California University Center for Undergraduate Research. The Director will be the point person for undergraduate research activities supported by the University. The Director will lead the development of a sustainable undergraduate research program indicative of Cal U’s commitment to raising awareness about undergraduate research across disciplines, facilitating research experiences for undergraduates, and celebrating research achievements of both students and their mentors. The Director will facilitate and communicate both the centralized activities in the Center for Undergraduate Research, as well as the decentralized undergraduate research activities that take place across campus in all disciplines, including coordination of research-related activities and endeavors with the three undergraduate colleges and service learning research that may be conducted outside strictly academic endeavors. The Director must have an innovative vision for resource access and utilization and strategies for developing and operating the Center for Undergraduate Research. The Director will report to the Associate Provost designated to manage the creation, development, and operation of the Center for Undergraduate Research.


Position Responsibilities for the Three-Year Pilot Assignment

1)         Develop and oversee the operation of a Cal U Center for Undergraduate Research

2)         Facilitate the development of and co-chair an Undergraduate Research Advisory Council

3)         Work with faculty, students, and administrators to promote, facilitate, monitor, document, and evaluate undergraduate research across the three undergraduate colleges

4)         Inventory current undergraduate research and establish systems to update the inventory on a regular basis

5)         Establish a summer research program for undergraduate students

6)         Plan and oversee campus-wide undergraduate research events

7)         Coordinate and promote efforts with the Faculty Professional Development Center and other organizations/offices with interests related to undergraduate research

8)         Work with University Marketing to develop suitable newsletters, media, publicity events, publications, and web content to publicize and promote undergraduate research efforts and achievements

9)         Increase student engagement in undergraduate research with emphasis on traditionally underrepresented students

10)      Collaborate with faculty and administration to seek internal and external funding to support undergraduate research

11)      Serve on committees relevant to the University's research infrastructure

12)      Supervise graduate assistant(s) assigned to the Center and determine the need for support staff


Position Qualifications

a)       Master’s degree required; doctorate preferred.  Experience can substitute on a one-to-one basis for education

b)      Demonstrated research record; experience involving undergraduates in productive research experiences preferred

c)       Strategic planning capabilities and the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

d)      Excellent communication (oral & written), problem-solving, analytical, organizational, and project management skills

e)       Skills in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, internet searches, email management, and web-based research administration and research funding software

f)       Ability to navigate the University environment; well-respected by faculty, staff, students, and administration

g)      Ability to work collaboratively with many different groups



To Apply

Submit a letter of application (email:  The letter should be as concise as possible and explain how the applicant meets required expectations for the position by addressing key responsibilities and qualifications outlined above. 


Application Deadline:  Friday, January 3, 2014, 8:30am

Interviews will be conducted during the week of January 6, 2014

Start Date - Director will start work with the first day of the Spring 2014 semester