Search for Vice-President (Research)

Vice-President (Research)

An Advisory Selection Committee has been formed as part of an international search for the next Vice-President (Research) of the University of Calgary.

Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-President (Research), or VPR, is the chief research officer of the University. Accordingly, the VPR provides leadership in defining and achieving the university’s strategic research directions and priorities; promotes excellence in research, scholarship, innovation, and creative activity; promotes and supports the commercialization of research; oversees compliance in research; and promotes and coordinates interdisciplinary research and technology transfer activities. This includes providing key leadership in research funding, integrating research into academic programming, strategic planning and the implementation of research budgets and operations.


May 10, 2019

To the University of Calgary community:

To date, the Vice-President (Research) (VPR) Search Advisory Committee has received hundreds of applications for this executive leadership position. The Committee is satisfied with the depth of experience and scholarship contained in the applications received, and the search process is on schedule.

The VPR Search Advisory Committee has carefully reviewed the applications and compared each candidate to the Vice-President (Research) position profile. Accordingly, the Committee has now compiled a shortlist of the strongest candidates to be considered for the interview stage.

The online posting for this executive leadership position will remain open until filled, and the VPR Search Advisory Committee will continue to look at all qualified applicants.

Search Committee

President - Chair


Ed McCauley

Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) representative


Dru Marshall

Deans’ Council representative


Jon Meddings

Deans' Council representative


Penny Werthner

General Faculty Council representative


Susan Graham

General Faculty Council representative


Jocelyn Hayley

General Faculty Council representative


Benedikt Hallgrimsson

MaPS representative


Humaira Waqar

AUPE representative


Erik Henningsmoen

TUCFA representative


John Baker

GSA representative


Marcela Lopes

SU representative


Sagar Grewal / Kevin Dang

Alumni Association representative


Saifa Koonar

Community member at-large


Matt Brister


The Executive Director and Executive Assistant, Office of the President, will serve as resource personnel to the Advisory Selection Committee. 

Contact the Search Consultants

We seek your advice as we search for a new Vice-President (Research). All responses will be kept confidential. 

DHR International is the firm supporting the search. Please contact the consultants directly with your questions, applications or nominations.

Shahauna Siddiqui            Lachie Woofter
Partner                  Associate
DHR International   DHR International
403.817.0999   403.817.0989


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