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Search advisory committee continues work to identify next vice president for research

The national search is continuing for the University of Delaware’s next vice president for research, scholarship and innovation, UD President Dennis Assanis said on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

“I appreciate the support of our community, and specifically the search advisory committee, as we identify a strong roster of candidates this fall who can accelerate momentum surrounding UD innovation and research while maximizing new opportunities to strengthen our strategic plan,” Assanis said.

The UD vice president for research, scholarship and innovation reports to the president and works closely with members of the senior leadership team to advance and support UD’s research enterprise, which currently exceeds $237 million annually in externally funded projects. The vice president also works closely with the provost to promote and advance academic excellence and the standing of UD’s academic programs. In addition, the vice president plays a major role in shaping the future of the 272-acre Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus and works to enhance faculty innovation and entrepreneurship.

Search Advisory Committee 


  • Debbie Hess Norris, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; chair of the Department of Art Conservation, professor of photograph conversation, Unidel Henry Francis du Pont Chair of Fine Arts, director of the Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation; and

  • Yushan Yan, Henry B. du Pont Chaired Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Members of the committee:

  • Greg Dobler, associate professor in the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration and in the Department of Physics and Astronomy;

  • Velia Fowler, chairperson and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences;

  • Nancy Getchell, professor of kinesiology and applied physiology and of women and gender studies and president of the Faculty Senate;

  • Julia Hatoum, senior in chemical engineering and president of the Student Government Association;

  • Marianthi Ierapetritou, Bob and Jane Gore Centennial Chair in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering;

  • Curtis Johnson, associate professor of biomedical engineering;

  • LaShanda Korley, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering;

  • Pinki Mondal, assistant professor of geography and spatial sciences, and environmental science undergraduate coordinator;

  • Henry May, director of the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy and associate professor in the School of Education;

  • Edmund Nowak, professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy;

  • Alan Parkes, doctoral candidate in history and president of the Graduate Student Government;

  • Mary Remmler, senior vice president and chief financial officer;

  • Lou Rossi, dean of the Graduate College, vice provost for graduate and professional education and professor of mathematical sciences and of computer and information sciences;

  • Rodrigo Vargas, professor of plant and soil sciences;

  • Oliver Yao, dean of the Lerner College of Business and Economics

Information about the search is available on this website. Education Executives, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the recruitment and mentoring of senior leaders for higher education leadership, is assisting with the search.


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